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Roughly speaking, it goes about like so:
Mondays and Tuesdays are devoted to reading literature.
Wednesdays and Thursdays are devoted to reading criticism and theory.
Fridays are devoted to write-ups and more browse-y, research-y reading.
In a couple of weeks, the semester will start up and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will also feature teaching. I suspect that means mornings of those days will include some preparation time, as well. The weekends are devoted to playing catch-up, teaching prep, and interacting with others.
This week's (re)reading is and has been:
Monday and Tuesday: Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday; Conrad, The Secret Agent; Wells, Tono-Bungay.
Wednesday and Thursday: Carey, The Intellectuals and the Masses; Hobbes, Literature and Cognition.
Ongoing: The vast rereading of Ulysses and some of its fine associated guides; the always useful handbook The Modern British Novel: 1878-2001, by Malcolm Bradbury,* which I find the best way to keep straight what was happening when and what has to do with which and who was publishing whom and who hated whom and who was responding to what.
To write up: A little historical context for this week's literary selections, some thoughts on Hobbes.
A project for next week: What does implicature have to do with the study of literature?
A possible project for the week after that: Talk about the significance of convention in linguistic analysis and what it might have to do with the way conventions are discussed in postcolonial theory.
*Slightly humiliatingly hailed on its back cover as "a book which ought to be prescribed reading for sixth-formers studying A-level English." Or, you know, the more backward brand of graduate student, I suppose. Cough cough.(planning) | Comments (2)
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