For this weeks seminar we had the activity of planning out a walking route of our “local parish” based on the tradition of beating the bounds. Beating the bounds refers to when maps and clear boundaries of local areas didn’t exist. The community , which would usually be centred around a church, would actually ‘beat’… Continue reading Beating the Bounds
In this weeks seminar we discussed agricultural and pastoral traditions. I am very familiar with the convention of the pastoral, from studies of Pope and Wordsworth among other poets and throughout English literary fiction. However ,the forms of anti- pastoral , post pastoral and necropastoral were new terms that I had not come across before. … Continue reading The Necropastoral
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?