Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

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

John Armitage, professor of media, Northumbria University, is reading Verena Andermatt Conley's Spatial Ecologies: Urban Sites, State and World- Space in French Cultural Theory (Liverpool University Press, 2012). "A novel explanation by a perceptive critic, wherein Conley ponders the 'spatial turn' in French critical theory from 1968 to 2012, and from Henri Lefebvre and Paul Virilio to Etienne Balibar. Assessing the postmodern experience of space and politics, economics and time, this book is an extraordinary reflection on questions of space in the epoch of late capitalism."

Andrea Cremer, author of the Nightshade trilogy of novels and assistant professor of history at Macalester College in Minnesota, is reading Sylvia Day's Bared to You (Penguin, 2012). "The rush of erotic fiction into the hands of mainstream readers invites consideration of whether 21st-century society is flirting with a new normative sexual epoch. Day's novel explores this issue unflinchingly and compellingly by pairing her narrative of sexual temptation and emotional risk with character studies that mirror divisive social and cultural issues of identity, trauma, repression and liberation."

Megan Crawford, reader in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, is reading Orhan Pamuk's My Name Is Red (Faber, 2002). "Recommended to me as a way of understanding Turkey, this is a fascinating glimpse of what makes culture and how people in the past are closely connected to the present. …

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