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

Sir David Bell, vice-chancellor, University of Reading, is reading Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle (Penguin, 2001). "In this 1962 novel, long before 'alternate history' novels became fashionable, Dick presents a world in which the Allies have lost the Second World War to the Nazis and Japan controls California. Although known as a science fiction writer, Dick tells of the bleakness of ordinary lives. Hope is possible, not least through an underground writer's vision of a better future. But nothing is as it seems..."

Matthew Feldman, professor in the history of modern ideas, Teesside University, is reading A. David Moody's Ezra Pound: Poet, Volume II: The Epic Years 1921-1939 (Oxford University Press, 2014). "The eagerly awaited second instalment of this life of Pound is wonderfully panoramic, covering his time in France and Italy alongside his growing interests in money and musicality. Moody's close reading of The Cantos is similarly assured and impressive. Less so is his dated analysis of Pound's gravitation towards the Axis, which has the effect of marginalising Pound's fascism and burgeoning anti-Semitism as mere 'contradictions'."

Dennis Hayes, professor of education, University of Derby, is reading Roy Harris' After Epistemology (Bright Pen, 2009). "Assumptions about language in traditional epistemology are a myth, argues Harris, and he demolishes the theory that human communication is a reciprocal process of 'telementation' in which 'thoughts', 'meanings', 'ideas' or identical bits of 'rote learning' are transferred from one mind to another. …

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