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.

James McGrath, part-time lecturer in English at Leeds Metropolitan University, is reading Douglas Coupland's Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work! (Atlas, 2010). "Through character portraits and prose that equal those of Coupland's finest novels, this biography explores the life and ideas behind McLuhan's aphorisms. He considers McLuhan's autistic traits but neither sensationalises nor trivialises them. Hailing the literary scholar turned media theorist as an artist who 'used ideas and words as others might use paint', Coupland writes with critical honesty and infectious enthusiasm."

Kate North, lecturer in creative writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University, is reading Legacies of Romanticism: Literature, Culture, Aesthetics (Routledge, 2012), edited by Carmen Casaliggi and Paul March- Russell. "This collection of essays is fascinating if you are interested in the impact of Romanticism throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It makes connections between the Romantic legacy and notable figures such as John Ruskin through to more contemporary writers such as Louis MacNeice and W.G. Sebald. I find the variety of subjects covered really refreshing."

Michael Reiss, pro-director for research and development and professor of science education, Institute of Education, University of London, is reading Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Vintage, 2012). "One of my doctoral students, Catherine Lee, is using autoethnography, and in our last supervision she recommended that I read Winterson's newly published autobiography. …

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