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.

Laurence Coupe, senior lecturer in English, Manchester Metropolitan University, is reading Susan Rowland's The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Evolutionary Complexity and Jung (Routledge, 2012). "Rowland contributes to the greening of literary theory by showing how Jung's ideas can help us to celebrate the human imagination as an aspect of the endless creativity of non-human nature. Exploring works as diverse as The Tempest, Wuthering Heights and The Secret Garden, she reveals how literature may keep us in vital connection with the body and the unconscious, and so with the earth itself."

John Gilbey is reading Ansel Adams: Letters 1916-1984, edited by Mary Street Alinder and Andrea Gray Stillman (Little, Brown, 2001). "Most famous for his spectacular landscape photography of the American West, Adams was a major advocate of environmental protection. This collection charts, among other things, his haranguing of the federal government to protect the US' remaining wilderness areas. It is appropriate that his efforts were celebrated in 1984, the year of his death, with the establishment of the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area - a 200,000-acre enclave in California's Sierra Nevada."

Richard Hand, professor of theatre and media drama, University of Glamorgan, is reading Sean Street's The Poetry of Radio: The Colour of Sound (Routledge, 2012). "Radio and poetry are both fields too often eclipsed by sister arts and media, and for this reason, Street's timely book is passionate and enthralling, drawing as it does on his fine scholarly and practical skills as an academic, poet and radio artist. …

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