When it turned out that the author JT Leroy was not a gay, HIV positive, teen prostitute writing autobiographical fiction but Laura Albert fronted by her sister-in-law, there was uproar amongst the writer’s admirers. Did the revelation make her novels less authentic or perhaps more inventive?
[A History of Madness] divided critical opinion, and like all his work it continues to do so. Foucault was prone to intellectual self-indulgence, issuing methodological edicts that said more for his sense of himself as a daring innovator than for his willingness to come to terms with alternative lines of thought.
See the short debate at:
Last year there was criticism of a TV documentary by Prof. Mary Beard OBE (University of Cambridge), not because it was incorrect (she is an acknowledged expert in her field), not because she was boring (she has done a lot to make Classics accessible outside academia), but because she was not pretty enough.
In a recent lecture sponsored by The London Review of Books Beard argues that ‘women who claim a public voice “get treated as freakish androgynes”‘.
‘Lisa Downing on why the erosion of women’s, gender and sexuality studies in UK universities is cause for concern.’
The following lecture is being run by the department of Arts, Culture and Media and will be of interest to students of English. I warmly encourage you to attend as Prof. Richardson could just have easily come to give a lecture to the English department.
On May 16 Prof. Brian Richardson (University of Maryland, USA) will be giving a master class followed by a lecture.
- May 16, 9:00-11:00. Turftorenstraat 21, Room 10: Richardson will lead a seminar focusing on the theory and practice of “unnatural” narratology. For more information and to sign up for the seminar, please write to email@example.com. We will provide the reading materials suggested by Richardson.
- May 16, 16:00-18:00. Broerstraat 9, room A900: Richardson will deliver a lecture entitled The Fate of Misreading in Modern Fiction. All interested students and staff members are welcome.
Since the 1990s Richardson has been one of the leading scholars in literary narratology. He has published widely influential books such as Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction (Ohio State University Press, 2006) and the edited volume Narrative Beginnings: Theories and Practices (University of Nebraska Press, 2008).
Here’s a review of the most recent edition of the ‘Bible’ of poetry (we have it in the library).
A traditional answer to the question ‘why study literature?’
First year students who recently had their theory tests may be tempted to agree with this attack on the whole enterprise.