“Now all we have to worry about is all the other books, and, of course, life, which is huge and complicated and will not warn you before it hurts you.”
Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Two weeks ago I found myself encountering an interesting pedagogical challenge: teaching a book that centres upon a woman surviving a sexually traumatic event and reframing her recovery by marrying her would-be rapist. Continue reading “On Safe Spaces and Samuel Richardson”
“Come along with me, misery loves company,
You’re welcome at the home of the blues.”
Johnny Cash, ‘Home of the Blues’
It’s no secret that the work of a PhD is heavy going. As candidates, we face poor health, financial drain, and the possibility of failure as standard risks for undertaking this type of project. I think everybody begins with a sense of cautious optimism, of which most are disabused by around the end of semester one. But what’s wrong with a little optimism? Continue reading “Crabs and Cautious Optimism”
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
I love reading. Which is good, because if I didn’t love reading I would be in the wrong line of work. Continue reading “January Bookshelf: Conversations with Chelsea Girls”
“I know that you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?”
“I think you can in Europe.”
Chastity & Bianca, 10 Things I Hate About You
How do you know if you’re stressed? Scratch that, of course you’re stressed all the time; it’s 2017 and we breathe stress like oxygen. How do you know if your stress levels are above usual, excessive, prohibitive?
Continue reading “Of Late Tension and Lost Trainers”
“The past is always tense, the future perfect.”
Zadie Smith, White Teeth
I spent this weekend helping my good friend Maeve with a conference of her own devising and orgainisation on Sylvia Plath. It was an enormously edifying experience, not least because it meant I got out of my own eightenth-century headspace for a few days.
Continue reading “Conversations with Dead People: On Archives and the Humanities”
I had an absolute blast in Sheffield last week for the Gothic Bible conference. Not only was the city completely energetic and fun, the conference itself was magic.
Continue reading “Of Goths and Gospels”