Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Laurence Coupe, senior lecturer in English, Manchester Metropolitan University, is rereading David Blakesley's The Elements of Dramatism (Longman, 2002). "Kenneth Burke is the only literary theorist I've read who has transformed my way of looking at the world. His central theory of 'dramatism', which treats language as 'symbolic action' and literature as 'equipment for living', is presented here in clear prose with a range of thought-provoking examples. I return to Blakesley's book regularly: it is the most accessible exposition of (Kenneth) Burke's 'comic corrective' to human folly I know."

Caron Eastgate Dann, lecturer in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, is reading Jennifer Vanderbes' Easter Island (Abacus, 2004). "It's been sitting in my 'to read' bookcase for eight years, so I'm so glad to finally read it. The novel is set in both the present and the early 20th century. It has three plots centred on the mysterious South Pacific island and the researchers, naval forces and locals associated with it. There are also forbidden affairs, academic plagiarism and mental illness."

Francesca Ivaldi, careers adviser, Plymouth University, is reading Hilary Mantel's Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate, 2012). "The machinations of the Tudor court are brought vividly to life through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. Mantel conjures real tension as the capricious king turns his attentions towards Jane Seymour and Anne Boleyn's detractors plot her downfall. …

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