Oryx and Cake ,set in Atwood’s dystopian nightmare, portrays the life of Jimmy , one of the only surviving humans left on planet earth. Although the novel is set in a future time , Atwood’s tale bares a shockingly close resemblance to our current reality. One of the themes addressed throughout the novel is that of genetic… Continue reading Oryx and Crake – The dystopian future of GM foods.
For this weeks blog post I will be discussing the set text The Lives of Animals and some of the themes that I found thought provoking in both my reading of the text and in seminar discussions. One theme within The Lives of Animals is our emotional response to animal death and slaughter, it is described… Continue reading The Lives of Animals by J. M. Coetzee
Extinction is a process that we as humans are all too aware of , many animals that fill our childhood imagination are in fact animals that once existed. As a child I was absolutely fascinated with dinosaurs, the fact they once inhabited on our planet still fascinates me. But in our current lifetime animals are… Continue reading Extinction and the Anthropocene
Coal, is part of the history of UK history in terms of both culture and literature. This week as a group we focused on the culture and literature surrounding coal as an energy resource. Coal, once a source of employment of nearly a million people in the UK , employs as an industry less than 6,000… Continue reading Coal
In this weeks seminar we are looking at Petrofiction , literature that focuses on issues of production and consumption of oil. As part of this weeks task we were asked to keep an energy diary and to think about the energy that we use throughout the week. Naively I assumed that mine would be very… Continue reading PetroFiction: How Much Energy Do I Use?
In last weeks seminar we were joined by a guest lecturer Owen Jones who studies Hydro citizenship, and works to connect communities through responses to water and water related issues. Jones works on a variety of projects for Water City Bristol and discussed some really interesting points about the issues facing marine life and human… Continue reading Heading towards Dystopia
This week in class we focused on a cluster of modern poems centred around the theme of water and specifically oceans. A key theme amongst the poem’s was the human impact on the beach landscape as a result of plastic waste being dumped into the sea. The charity Plastic Oceans estimates that “More than 8… Continue reading We are all to be blamed for plastic in our oceans