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Reading Series 2017

Welcome!

I suppose I'm beginning this series to keep track of what I've read - a feat that seems to be increasingly difficult as my capacity to appreciate the magical qualities of the Internet expands. Hence, I've added links where possible to the growing list of fiction (and non-fiction) I've read.

By all means, read on.

January 2017

Podcasts

The Briefing Room
  • Prison Problem (27:50) - 8 December 2016
  • Correspondents Look Ahead (47:09) - 31 December 2016
Smart Enough to Know Better
  • 122.0 - Your New Organ and You (1:12:05) - 14 January 2017
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 145: No Such Thing as E.T. Part Three (30:39) - 24 December 2016
  • Extra Bits (33:14) - 30 December 2016
  • Episode 146: No Such Thing As A Queen Orca (29:43) - 7 January 2016
  • Episode 147: No Such Thing As Burrito Party Boy (39:19) - 13 January 2017
  • Episode 148: No Such Thing As A Plummeting Moose (30:16) - 20 January 2017
  • Episode 149: No Such Thing As The Train King Of Europe (36:30) - 27 January 2017

Novels

  • To The Lighthouse (1927) - Virginia Woolf

TED Talks

  • Kevin Breel: Confessions of a depressed comic (11:00)
  • Jennifer Brea: What happens when you have a disease doctors can't diagnose (17:07)

BBC Future

  • The Japanese art of (not) sleeping - Brigitte Steger, 6 May 2016

Critical Material

Shakespeare
  • Katharine Eisaman Maus, Introduction to Measure For Measure in The Norton Shakespeare, ed. Stephen Greenblatt, pp. 543-521.
  • Katharine Eisaman Maus, Introduction to The Merchant of Venice in The Norton Shakespeare, ed. Stephen Greenblatt, pp. 269-277.
Interpretation
  • Wolfgang Iser, 'Interaction between Text and Reader' in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, pp. 1524 - 1532.
  • Stanley Fish, 'Interpreting the Variorum' in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, pp. 1975 - 1992.
New Historicism
  • Introduction to 'Michel Foucault: 1926-1984' in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, pp. 1469-74.
  • Introduction to 'Stephen J. Greenblatt: b. 1943' in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, pp. 2147-48.

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February 2017

Podcasts

The Infinite Monkey Cage
  • Oceans: What Remains to Be Discovered? (44:58) - 6 February 2017
  • Human Story: How We Got Here and Why We Survived. (40:37) - 13 February 2017
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 150: No Such Thing As A Helium Filled Pufferfish (39:01) - 3 February 2017
  • Episode 151: No Such Thing As A Komodo Dragon Restaurant (39:27) - 10 February 2017
  • Episode 152: No Such Thing As A Sleepover With Lions (43:17) - 17 February 2017
Non-Sequitur
  • Episode Eight: We have girlfriends (39:14) - 14 February 2017

Critical Material

Literature of the Modern Period
  • Susan Dick, 'Literary realism in Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando and The Waves' in The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf, pp. 50-71.
  • Michael Whitworth, 'Virginia Woolf and modernism' in The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf, pp. 146-163.
  • Nicole Ward Jouve, 'Virginia Woolf and psychoanalysis' in The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf, pp. 245-272.
Victorian Literature
  • Regenia Gagnier, 'Wilde and the Victorians' in The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde, pp. 18-33.
  • Declan Kiberd, 'Oscar Wilde: the resurgence of lying' in The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde, pp. 176-194.
Shakespeare
  • Walter Cohen, 'Introduction' to Antony and Cleopatra in The Norton Shakespeare, ed. Stephen Greenblatt, pp. 1533-1541.
  • Virginia Mason Vaughan, 'Textual Introduction' to Antony and Cleopatra in The Norton Shakespeare, ed. Stephen Greenblatt, pp. 1542-1543.
  • Brett Gamboa, 'Performance Note' on Antony and Cleopatra in The Norton Shakespeare, ed. Stephen Greenblatt, p. 1543.
Race and Nation
  • Frantz Fanon, from 'The Wretched of the Earth' from On National Culture in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, pp. 1440-1446.
  • Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, from 'Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature' from Chapter 3. What Is a Minor Literature? in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, pp. 1451-1454.
Brynhildr, femininity and destruction
  • Ashliman, D. L., 'The Nibelungenlied: a summary in English prose' (2009-2012), .
  • Clark, David, 'Manslaughter and Misogyny: Women and Revenge in Sturlunga saga' in Gender, Violence and the Past in Edda and Saga (United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 142-163.
  • Clark, David, 'Undermining and En-Gendering Vengeance: Distancing and Anti-Feminism in the "Poetic Edda' in Scandinavian Studies, Vol. 77, No. 2 (Summer 2005), pp. 173-200.
  • Friðriksdóttir, Jóhanna Katrín, Women in Old Norse Literature: Bodies, Words, and Power (United States: Palgrave Macmillian, 2013).
  • Jochens, Jenny, Old Norse Images of Women (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996).
  • 'Seidr', Norse Mythology for Smart People, .
  • Spatacean, Cristina, 'Women in the Viking Age. Death, Life after Death and Burial Customs' (unpublished master's thesis, University of Oslo, 2006).

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March 2017

Novels

  • Mrs Dalloway (1925) - Virginia Woolf

Critical Material

Gender & Sexuality
  • Monique Wittig, 'One is Not Born a Woman' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, pp. 1906-1913.
  • Sandy Stone, 'The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto' (1987).
Shakespeare
  • Katharine Eisaman Maus, 'Shakespearean Comedy' in The Norton Shakespeare (2016), pp. 121-136.
  • Stephen Greenblatt, 'Twelfth Night' in The Norton Shakespeare (2016), pp. 477-483.
  • Jean E. Howard, 'Shakespearean History' in The Norton Shakespeare (2016), pp. 615-628.
  • Stephen Greenblatt, 'Shakespearean Tragedy' in The Norton Shakespeare (2016), pp. 957-969.
  • Walter Cohen, 'Shakespearean Romance' in The Norton Shakespeare (2016), pp. 1625-1641.
  • 'Introduction to King Lear' in King Lear, ed. Grace Ioppolo, Norton Critical Editions, pp. vii-xvi.
Wuthering Heights
  • J. Hillis Millier, 'Wuthering Heights: Repetition and the "Uncanny"' in Wuthering Heights, ed. Richard J. Dunn, Norton Critical Edition, 4th ed. (1991), pp. 361-379.
  • Sandra M. Gilbert, 'Looking Oppositely: Emily Bronté's Bible of Hell' in Wuthering Heights, ed. Richard J. Dunn, Norton Critical Edition, 4th ed. (1991), pp. 379-394.
Great Expectations
  • Bernard Shaw, 'Introduction to Great Expectations' in Great Expectations, ed. Edgar Rosenberg, Norton Critical Editions (1999), pp. 631-641.
  • Linda Raphael, 'A Re-Vision of Miss Havisham: Her Expectations and Our Responses' in Great Expectations, ed. Edgar Rosenberg, Norton Critical Editions (1999), pp. 705-709.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Donald L. Lawler, 'Oscar Wilde's First Manuscript of The Picture of Dorian Gray' in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ed. Michael Patrick Gillespie, Norton Critical Editions, 2nd ed. (2007), pp. 429-439.
  • Ellie Ragland-Sullivan, 'The Phenomenon of Aging in Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray: A Lacanian View' in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ed. Michael Patrick Gillespie, Norton Critical Editions, 2nd ed. (2007), pp. 476-496.
Marxism
  • 'Friedric Jameson: b. 1934' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1818-1822.
  • Friedric Jameson, From 'The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act: Preface' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1822-1826.
Literature and knowledges
  • Althusser, Louis, From Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes towards an Investigation) in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1335-1361.
  • Barthes, Roland, 'The Death of the Author' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1322-1326.
  • Barthes, Roland, S/Z, trans. Richard Miller (United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1990).
  • Bloom, Harold, 'An Elegy for the Canon' in The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages (New York, 1994), pp. 15-39.
  • Fish, Stanley E., 'Interpreting the Varioum' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1974-1992.
  • Foucault, Michel, From Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1490-1502.
  • Howard, Richard, 'A Note on S/Z' in S/Z, Roland Barthes, trans. Richard Miller (United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1990), pp. vii-x.
  • 'Roland Barthes: 1915-1980' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1316-1320.
  • Said, Edward, Extract from Orientalism in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1866-1888.

Podcasts

The Infinite Monkey Cage
  • Science's Epic Fails (46:26) - 30 January 2017
  • Making the Invisible Visible (46:29) - 20 February 2017
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 133: No Such Thing As Paranoid Ants (36:43) - 30 September 2016
  • Episode 134: No Such Thing As Sauce For The King of Sweden (35:57) - 7 October 2016
  • Episode 153: No Such Thing As Mulled Wine At The Dawn Of Time (40:03) - 24 February 2017
  • Episode 154: No Such Thing As A Submarine Shepherd (42:43) - 3 March 2017
  • Episode 155: No Such Thing As Hurrican Schmurricane (39:17) - 10 March 2017
  • Episode 156: No Such Thing As A Limited Edition (43:55) - 17 March 2017

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April 2017

Novels

  • Vile Bodies (1930) - Evelyn Waugh

Shakespeare

  • Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare - Performance available here
  • Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare - Performance available here

Shakespeare Criticism

Antony and Cleopatra
  • Jonathan Gil Harris, '"Narcissus in thy face": Roman Desire and the Difference It Fakes in Antony and Cleopatra' in Antony and Cleopatra, ed. Ania Loomba, Norton Critical Editions (2011), pp. 203-219.
  • Juliet Dusinberre, 'Squeaking Cleopatras: Gender and Performance in Antony and Cleopatra' in Antony and Cleopatra, ed. Ania Loomba, Norton Critical Editions (2011), pp. 227-248.
Measure for Measure
  • Frederick S. Boas, '"The Problem-Plays" and Measure for Measure' in Measure for Measure, ed. Grace Ioppolo, Norton Critical Editions (2010), pp. 143-145.
  • Rosalind Miles, From 'The Problem of Measure for Measure' in Measure for Measure, ed. Grace Ioppolo, Norton Critical Editions (2010), pp. 167-174.
  • Jonathan Dollimore, 'Transgression and Surveillance in Measure for Measure' in Measure for Measure, ed. Grace Ioppolo, Norton Critical Editions (2010), pp. 175-189.

Victorian Literature

Jude the Obscure
  • John Paterson, 'Hardy's Change of Direction' in Jude the Obscure, ed. Ralph Pite, Norton Critical Editions (2016), pp. 335-336.
  • Robert C. Slack, 'Hardy's Revisions' in Jude the Obscure, ed. Ralph Pite, Norton Critical Editions (2016), pp. 336-344.
  • Penny Boumelha, 'A "Double Tragedy"' in Jude the Obscure, ed. Ralph Pite, Norton Critical Editions (2016), pp. 399-408.

Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism

Gender and Sexuality
  • 'Simone De Beauvoir: 1908-1986' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1261-1265.
  • 'Michel Foucault: 1926-1984' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1469-1475.
  • 'Judith Butler: b. 1956' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 2536-2539.
Marxism
  • Louis Althusser: 1918-1990 in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1332-1335.
  • Slavoj Žižek: b. 1949 in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 2402-2406.
  • Raymond Williams: 1921-1988 in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1420-1423.
  • Fredric Jameson: b. 1934 in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1818-1822.
Postcolonialism
  • 'Frantz Fanon: 1925-1961' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1437-1439.
  • 'Chinua Achebe: 1930-2013' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd ed. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 1610-1612.

Podcasts

No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 157: No Such Thing As High-Fiving The Beatles (41:57) - 24 March 2017
  • Episode 158: No Such Thing As A Weasel's Fridge (45:10) - 31 March 2017
  • Episode 159: No Such Thing As An Edible Jockey (38:36) - 7 April 2017
  • Episode 160: No Such Thing As A Sausage Jacuzzi (45:18) - 13 April 2017
  • Episode 161: No Such Thing As A Magic Donkey (39:10) - 21 April 2017
  • Episode 162: No Such Thing As Catastrophic Shoelaces (47:48) - 28 April 2017
Non-Sequitur
  • Episode Nine: Poetry (38:13) - 1 March 2017
The Inquiry
  • Do We Need A Plan B For Climate Change (23:05) - 30 March 2017
  • What Happens When You Legalise Cannabis (23:26) - 13 April 2017
  • How Powerful is Facebook's Algorithm? (23:26) - 20 April 2017
In Our Time
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles (46:44) - 5 May 2016
  • Simone de Beauvoir (46:01) - 22 October 2015
  • Mrs Dalloway (45:30) - 3 July 2014
  • Aristotle's Poetics (42:01) - 27 January 2011
  • Consequences of the Industrial Revolution (42:17) - 30 December 2010
The Briefing Room
    Can the NHS Survive? (28:21) - 6 April 2017
  • Snap General Election (28:32) - 20 April 2017
50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
  • Contraceptive Pill (09:14) - 8 April 2017
  • Elevator (09:14) - 15 April 2017
  • Air Conditioning (09:09) - 22 April 2017
  • Cuneiform (09:09) - 29 April 2017
Smart Enough To Know Better
  • 124.0 - Getting Dog Drunks (1:18:31) - 18 March 2017
People Fixing the World
  • The Data Donators (23:07) - 18 April 2017

TED Talks

  • Matthew O'Reilly, "Am I dying?" The honest answer - Available here.

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May 2017

Quick Recap

With the bulk of this month consisting of exams and revision, I've spent a great deal of time going over texts and criticism again, re-familiarising myself with various strands of arguments. Subsequently, little has been added to the literary chunk of my reading this month. I did, however, discover a plethora of new podcasts which helped keep me sane while I revised (some of which I used to justify taking a break from the infinite reading that awaits my attention), not to mention the whirlwind of political announcements that have been happening since the announcement of the 2017 General Elections.

Shakespeare

  • Stephen Greenblatt, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in The Norton Shakespeare (2016), pp. 209-216.
  • Jean E. Howard, 'As You Like It' in The Norton Shakespeare (2016), pp. 405-413.
  • Katharine Eisaman Maus, 'Measure for Measure' in The Norton Shakespeare (2016), pp. 543-550.
  • Stephen Greenblatt, 'King Lear' in The Norton Shakespeare (2016), pp. 1371-1379.

Criticism: Victorian Literature

Jude the Obscure
  • Elaine Showalter, [A "Biological Trap"] in Jude the Obscure, ed. Ralph Pite, Norton Critical Editions (2016), pp. 418-419.
Great Expectations
  • Peter Brooks, 'Repetition, Repression, and Return' in Great Expectations, ed. Edgar Rosenberg (United States of America: W. W. Norton & Company Ltd., 1999), pp. 679-689.

Podcasts

In Our Time
  • Emily Dickinson (48:30) - 11 May 2017
  • Feminism (28:24) - 7 January 1999
Lore
  • Episode 59: A Deep Fear (26:30) - 1 May 2017
  • Episode 60: If Walls Could Talk (27:40) - 15 May 2017
50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
  • Video Games (09:12) - 6 May 2017
  • Intellectual Property (09:11) - 13 May 2017
  • Passports (9:13) - 20 May 2017
Smart Enough To Know Better
  • 125.0 - Smart Enough To Know Spider Diets (1:30:39) - 15 April 2017
The Inquiry
  • Is Inequality About to Get Unimaginably Worse? (23:06) - 27 April 2017
  • How did North Korea get the Bomb? (23:13) - 4 May 2017
Inside the Female Mind - Inside the Male Mind
  • Feminism (27:06) - 7 June 2016
Non-Sequitur
  • Sequitur Episode Ten: Cheating in Exams (33:55) - 4 April 2017
  • Episode Eleven: Distracting Rooms (33:02) - 14 May 2017
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 132: No Such Thing As A Creepy Weather Forecaster (47:12) - 23 September 2016
  • Episode 163: No Such Thing As Too Fast For A Fish (54:25) - 5 May 2017
  • Episode 164: No Such Thing As A Poo Powered Plane (48:27) - 11 May 2017
  • Episode 165: No Such Thing As A Spider The Size Of A Sheep (33:08) - 19 May 2017
  • Episode 166: No Such Thing As A Courgette In Your Ear (46:27) - 26 May 2017
The Briefing Room
  • Why Did People Vote Leave? (28:25) - 14 July 2016
  • What Do Remainers Feel Now? (28:32) - 28 July 2016
  • Is It Time to Renationalise the Railways? (28:23) - 16 February 2017
  • Britain's Broken Housing Market (28:35) - 2 March 2017
  • How Do We Pay for the UK? (28:35) - 11 May 2017
  • How Did Immigration Stop Being a Political Taboo in the UK? (23:21) - 18 May 2017
Electioncast
  • 24 days to go: Secrets of the battle bus (13:06) - 15 May 2017
  • 23 days to go: Labour's manifesto unleaked (14:00) - 16 May 2017
  • 22 days to go: The Sandal Tendency (16:21) - 17 May 2017
  • 21 days to go: Small-town Toryism (17:53) - 18 May 2017
  • 20 days to go: Credit to burn (17:02) - 19 May 2017
  • 18 days to go: Throwing caution to the wind (13:50) - 21 May 2017
  • 17 days to go: May's 'wibble-wobble' (14:46) - 22 May 2017
  • Campaigning suspended (2:44) - 23 May 2017
  • 14 days to go: Politics is back and it's noisy (22:03) - 25 May 2017
  • 13 days to go: Corbyn overload (11:25) - 26 May 2017
  • 11 days to go: Going for the jugular (17:33) - 28 May 2017
  • 10 days to go: Paxman and pudding (11:44) - 29 May 2017

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June 2017

Quick Recap

With the end of examinations and a month of university before summer, I spent this month catching up on podcasts, watching the snap election unfold, and organising multiple events to raise mental health awareness as the new president of Heads Up Durham alongside a pinch of dissertation reading.

Novels

  • Never Let Me Go (2005) - Kazuo Ishiguro

Podcasts

In Our Time
  • The Kuiper Belt (48:11) - 2 March 2017
  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead (46:35) - 27 April 2017
  • Purgatory (48:49) - 25 May 2017
  • Enzymes (48:36) - 1 June 2017
Lore
  • Episode 61: Labor Pains (30:10) - 29 May 2017
More or Less: Behind the Stats
  • UK Election extra (14:50) - 7 June 2017
  • Post-Election Special (29:34) - 19 June 2017
  • How rare are deadly tower block fires? (08:59) - 26 June 2017
50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
  • Barbed Wire (09:14) - 24 June 2017
  • Index Fund (09:10) - 3 June 2017
  • Infant Formula (09:10) - 10 June 2017
  • Tax Havens (09:14) - 17 June 2017
The Briefing Room
  • Labour's election result: a successful failure? (28:10) - 15 June 2017
The Inquiry
  • Does Poverty Change The Way We Think? (23:28) - 25 May 2017
  • Is Work Too Easy? (23:09) - 1 June 2017
  • Why does China Want to Revive the Silk Road? (23:13) - 22 June 2017
  • Have We Always Felt This Tired? (23:27) - 29 June 2017
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 167: No Such Thing As Milk From A Yak (43:47) - 2 June 2017
  • Episode 168: No Such Thing As Lord Cauldronhead (44:17) - 9 June 2017
  • Episode 169: No Such Thing As Constantly Awake Beauty (41:35) - 16 June 2017
  • Episode 170: No Such Thing As A Love Potion For A Vole (43:39) - 23 June 2017
Electioncast/Brexitcast
  • 8 days to go: The Corbyn ambush (12:20) - 31 May 2017
  • One week to go: Polling & Star Trek (14:07) - 1 June 2017
  • Campaigning suspended again (7:31) - 4 June 2017
  • 3 days to go: Policing gets political (19:00) - 5 June 2017
  • 2 days to go: The final gasp (13:10) - 6 June 2017
  • 1 day to go: A campaign of surprises (20:14) - 7 June 2017
  • Results day: Jaws on the floor (17:09) - 9 June 2017
  • Election aftermath: May under pressure (13:48) - 10 June 2017
  • Election aftermath: May-hem (12:14) - 11 June 2017
  • Queen's Speech delayed? You've goat to be kidding (14:19) - 12 June 2017
  • Election aftermath: Calm, choreographed chaos (15:44) - 13 June 2017
  • Emergency podcast: Political response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy (14:51) - 15 June 2017
  • Brexit begins (16:19) - 18 June 2017
  • Electioncast is dead. Long live Brexitcast! (20:51) - 19 June 2017
  • EMERGENCY BREXITCAST: Chewy negotiations over macerated cherries (20:08) - 23 June 2017
  • Bickering, budgets & bull sperm (30:23) - 29 June 2017

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July 2017

Novels

  • Dubliners (1914) - James Joyce
  • The Handmaid's Tale (1985) - Margaret Atwood

Short stories

  • The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob (1859) - George Eliot

Podcasts

No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 171: No Such Thing As A Half-Ape Vampire (40:39) - 1 July 2017
  • Episode 172: No Such Thing As A Cat-a-Cops Cartoon (52:07) - 8 July 2017
  • Episode 173: No Such Thing As Symphony for Sizzurp in D Minor (43:17) - 15 July 2017
  • Episode 174: No Such Thing As A Manta Ray (43:42) - 22 July 2017
50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
  • Department Store (09:08) - 1 July 2017
  • Leaded Petrol (09:13) - 8 July 2017
  • Dynamo (09:08) - 15 July 2017
  • Limited Liability Company (09:09) - 22 July 2017
Brexitcast
  • Telling Euratom from Eurelbow (37:50) - 13 July 2017
The Inquiry
  • Is Gene Editing Out of Control? (23:15) - 13 July 2017
  • Is It Time to Ban the Plastic Bottle? (23:35) - 20 July 2017
The Infinite Monkey Cage
  • Astronaut Special (44:19) - 10 July 2017
  • Oxygen: A Matter of Life and Death (39:00) - 17 July 2017
  • Will insects inherit the earth? (43:06) - 24 July 2017
The Briefing Room
  • Cost of Abandoning Austerity (28:11) - 6 July 2017
  • Where does Labour stand on Brexit? (27:52) - 13 July 2017

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August 2017

Fiction

  • Passus I - Passus VII in Piers Plowman (c. 1370-90) - William Langland
  • The Time Machine (1895) - H.G. Wells

Non-Fiction

  • Autobiographies (1986) - Charles Darwin

Podcasts

Page 94: The Private Eye Podcast
  • Episode 26 (29:47) - 19 May 2017
  • Episode 27 (27:48) - 5 June 2017
  • Episode 29 (32:27) - 27 July 2017
50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
  • Paper Money (09:14) - 29 July 2017
  • Seller Feedback (09:09) - 5 August 2017
  • Plastic (09:14) - 12 August 2017
  • Market Research (10:39) - 19 August 2017
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 175: No Such Thing As A Rice Krispie With Feelings (45:30) - 29 July 2017
  • Episode 176: No Such Thing As A Communist Caterpillar (39:15) - 5 August 2017
  • Episode 177: No Such Thing As A Barking Spy (41:48) - 12 August 2017
  • Episode 178: No Such Thing As A Cup Full Of Nessie (42:47) - 19 August 2017
  • Episode 179: No Such Thing As Stare-Boxing (31:47) - 26 August 2017
Brexitcast
  • Notebooks, Doughnuts and Phone Holsters (34:50) - 21 July 2017
  • Welcome Backcast! (27:52) - 18 August 2017
  • Two-timing over Kir Royals (28:32) - 24 August 2017
The Briefing Room
  • Trump, Russia and the FBI (28:26) - 19 May 2017
  • Crisis in Convservatism (28:13) - 21 July 2017
  • Why is there still a migrant crisis in Europe? (28:03) - 28 July 2017
  • A Great Day at the White House? (26:37) - 4 August 2017
  • Far Right in America (27:52) - 18 August 2017
The Inquiry
  • What Would War With North Korea Look Like? (23:19) - 27 July 2017
  • Who Gets to Have Their Own Country? (23:34) - 3 August 2017
  • Are South Africa's Police Failing? (23:14) - 10 August 2017
  • How Do You Fix Someone Else's Election? (23:31) - 17 August 2017
  • Are Video Games a Waste of Time? (24:29) - 24 August 2017
In Our Time
  • Bird Migration (51:15) - 6 July 2017
Capital
  • Episode 1 (35:05) - 24 July 2017
  • Episode 2 (36:19) - 31 July 2017
  • Episode 3 (36:58) - 7 August 2017
Sincerely, x
  • Episode 5: Equality Executive (26:14) - 17 August 2017
  • Episode 6: Rescued by Ritual (28:03) - 24 August 2017
The Infinite Monkey Cage
  • What Particles Remain to be Discovered? (45:26) - 3 July 2017
  • Are We Living in a Simulation? (38:09) - 31 July 2017
  • The Mind v the Brain (50:50) - 7 August 2017
Hackable
  • PWND (29:23) - 15 August 2017
TED Talks Daily
  • How computers learn to recognise objects instantly | Joseph Redmon (09:26) - 4 August 2017
  • How AI can enhance our memory, work and social lives | Tom Gruber (10:16) - 7 August 2017
  • How your brain decides what is beautiful | Anjan Chatterjee (15:19) - 8 August 2017
  • Let's end ageism | Ashton Applewhite (11:37) - 9 August 2017
  • You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse | David Baron (12:04) - 10 August 2017
  • Meet the microscopic life in your home and on your face | Anne Madden (10:15) - 11 August 2017
  • Courage is contagious | Damon Davis (05:36) - 14 August 2017
  • How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi (16:19) - 15 August 2017
  • How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age | Jack Conte (11:10) - 16 August 2017
  • How I help free innocent people from prison | Ronald Sullivan (12:05) - 16 August 2017
  • 7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe (14:20) - 17 August 2017
  • A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety | Richard J. Berry (12:21) - 18 August 2017
  • The secret to living longer may be your social life | Susan Pinker (16:53) - 18 August 2017
  • The era of blind faith in big data must end | Cathy O'Neil (13:50) - 22 August 2017
  • What moral decisions should driverless cars make? | Iyad Rahwan (14:10) - 23 August 2017
  • What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you | Carolyn Bertozzi (12:09) - 25 August 2017
  • Fun, fierce and fantastical African art | Wanuri Kahiu (05:41) - 29 August 2017

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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September 2017

Fiction

  • Passus VIII - Passus XX, Piers Plowman (c. 1370-90) - William Langland

Podcasts

Hackable
  • Locked Out (25:23) - 29 August 2017
  • Cars & Computers (26:39) - 12 September 2017
Brexitcast
  • Davis v Barnier: Round 3 (20:06) - 1 September 2017
  • Leaks and tans (28:13) - 7 September 2017
The Inquiry
  • How Has the Ku Klux Klan Lasted so Long? (22:59) - 31 August 2017
  • What Can We Do With Our Dead? (23:48) - 7 September 2017
  • Can China Solve the North Korea Problem? (23:15) - 21 September 2017
Non-Sequitur
  • August Podcast Update (09:49) - 30 August 2017
50 Thing That Made the Modern Economy
  • Radar (10:34) - 26 August 2017
  • S-Bend (10:15) - 2 September 2017
  • Double-entry Bookkeeping (09:18) - 9 September 2017
Sincerely, x
  • Episode 7: Mood Changer (20:59) - 31 August 2017
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 180: No Such Thing As Playing Snake On A Plane (32:16) - 2 September 2017
  • Episode 181: No Such Thing As A Shark Vending Machine (35:02) - 9 September 2017
  • Episode 182: No Such Thing As An Auction for Auction School (32:01) - 15 September 2017
  • Episode 183: No Such Thing As A Bouncy Theatre (32:11) - 22 September 2017
The Briefing Room
  • The AI revolution (28:11) - 25 August 2017
  • Missile Threat (26:15) - 1 September 2017
  • What does the EU want from Brexit? (28:13) - 8 September 2017
TED Talks Daily
  • What would happen if we upload our brains to computers? | Robin Hanson (13:22) - 24 August 2017
  • When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient | Niki Okuk (13:12) - 28 August 2017
  • Why we need to end the era of orphanages | Tara Winkler (13:41) - 30 August 2017
  • Can a robot pass a university entrance exam? | Noriko Arai (13:49) - 30 August 2017
  • How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you | Jennifer Granick (14:53) - 31 August 2017
  • How your pictures can help reclaim lost history | Chance Coughenour (12:46) - 1 September 2017
  • TED's secret to great public speaking | Chris Anderson (08:08) - 4 September 2017
  • A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs | Daan Roosegaarde (12:43) - 5 September 2017
  • How young people join violent extremist groups -- and how to stop them | Erin Marie Saltman (12:26) - 6 September 2017
  • How to build a company where the best ideas win | Ray Dalto (17:33) - 6 September 2017
  • What it feels like to see Earth from space | Benjamin Grant (12:05) - 8 September 2017
  • Who belongs in a city? OluTimehin Adegbeye (12:59) - 8 September 2017
  • How our friendship survives our opposing politics | Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge (15:11) - 11 September 2017

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October 2017

Fiction

Medieval Literature
  • The Owl and the Nightingale (12th / 13th c.)
Old Norse
  • 'Thrymskvitha' in the Elder Edda, trans. Andy Orchard.
  • 'Lokasenna' in the Elder Edda, trans. Andy Orchard.
Science and the Literary Imagination
  • 'The Black Veil' (1836) - Charles Dickens

Non-Fiction

Science and the Literary Imagination
  • Extract from Body and Mind - Henry Maudsley in Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century by Laura Otis, pp. 364-68.
  • Extract from Elements of Prenology - George Combe in Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century by Laura Otis, pp. 377-381.

Podcasts

The Inquiry
  • How Do We Stop People Dying in Floods? (22:59) - 15 September 2017
  • Could We Ban the Sale of Petrol and Diesel Cars Now? (24:25) - 28 September 2017
The Briefing Room
  • What are the consequences of lifting the public sector pay cap? (28:22) - 14 September 2017
  • Is Big Tech out of control? (28:27) - 29 September 2017
  • A world without antibiotics? (28:33) - 26 October 2017
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 184: No Such Thing As Dinosaur Diaries (41:50) - 29 September 2017
  • Episode 185: No Such Thing As Scottish Snow (49:22) - 6 October 2017
  • Episode 186: No Such Thing As Russian Hacking in the Cockroach Election (32:18) - 13 October 2017
  • Episode 187: No Such THing As An Ant On Its Gap Year (42:19) - 20 October 2017
Brexitcast
  • The Ballad of Jean & Bojo (29:49) - 14 September 2017
  • Florence. And the clatter of hooves in Bruges. (21:46) - 22 September 2017
  • Pass the rosé (27:13) - 28 September 2017
  • Check Against Delivery (28:34) - 4 October 2017
  • 'Nous sommes dans une impasse' (40:09) - 12 October 2017
  • 27 ways to say 'No' (31:30) - 20 October 2017
  • 'Brussels 999' (31:28) - 26 October 2017
Hackable?
  • Cowbells & Doorbells (29:27) - 10 October 2017
  • Searching for Avril (26:52) - 24 October 2017
TED Talks Daily
  • How to seek truth in the era of fake news | Christiane Amanpour (17:58) - 6 October 2017
  • The awful logic of land minds -- and an app that helps people avoid them | Carlos Bautista (07:01) - 26 October 2017
  • We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | Zeynep Tufekci (23:28) - 27 October 2017
50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
  • Management Consulting (10:34) - 16 September 2017
  • Property Register (10:02) - 30 September 2017
  • Welfare State (09:47) - 7 October 2017
  • Cold Chain (09:23) - 14 October 2017
  • The Plough (10:00) - 21 October 2017
In Our Time
  • Wuthering Heights (49:31) - 28 September 2017
  • Feathered Dinosaurs (48:18) - 26 October 2017
Page 94: The Private Eye Podcast
  • Episode 30 (26:32) - 19 October 2017

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November 2017

Old Norse

Primary Sources
  • A New Introduction to Old Norse, Part III, Glossary and Index of Names (United Kingdom, Viking Society for Northern Research, 2001).
  • Gudrúnarhvöt in The Elder Edda: A Book of Viking Lore (England: Penguin Classics, 2011), trans. Andy Orchard.
  • Hamðismál in The Elder Edda: A Book of Viking Lor (England: Penguin Classics, 2011), trans. Andy Orchard.
  • ‘XXV: Hamðismál’ in A New Introduction to Old Norse, Part II, Reader (United Kingdom, Viking Society for Northern Research, 2001).
Secondary Sources
  • David Clark, ‘Undermining and En-Gendering Vengeance: Distancing and Anti-Feminism in the "Poetic Edda”’ in Scandinavian Studies, Vol. 77, No. 2 (University of Illinois Press on behalf of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, 2005), pp. 173-200.
  • Jennifer R. Gentry, ‘Wives and Whetters: The Dichotomous Nature of Women in Medieval Iceland’ (unpublished masters thesis, University of Wyoming, 2007).
  • Heather O’Donoghue, Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction (United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing, 2004).
  • Dawn E. Work-MaKinne, ‘Deity in Sisterhood: The Collective Sacred Female in Germanic Europe’ (unpublished doctoral thesis, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2009).

Podcasts

Hackable?
  • Camera Creepers (24:57) - 26 September 2017
Brexitcast
  • Scandal, reshuffle... er, Brexit? (30:55) - 2 November 2017
  • Capelets, Birretes, Gloria Gaynor... and cake (28:34) - 9 November 2017
  • Just because I can hear does not mean I am listening (32:53) - 17 November 2017
  • Duck Nuggets (33:08) - 23 November 2017
  • Emergency Brexitcast! Hans Free (24:20) - 29 November 2017
The Briefing Room
  • Capitalism in Crisis (28:32) - 12 October 2017
  • President Xi and the Chinese Dream (28:15) - 19 October 2017
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • 189: Episode 189: No Such Thing As A meringue-Utan (35:06) - 1 November 2017
  • 190: Episode 190: No Such Thing As A Magic Oven For Chimps (39:22) - 3 November 2017
  • 191: Episode 191: No Such Thing As A Cannibal Squirrel (46:33) - 10 November 2017

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December 2017

Quick Recap

Christmas is here, and it's absolutely the time... to catch up on all the podcasts I've been neglecting all of last term. I'm also hoping to get a head start on some of next term's reading, and write up a large chunk of my summative essays, as well as my dissertation. I reckon it'll be a good, if busy, holiday.

Medieval Literature

  • William Langland, Piers Plowman, ed. Elizabeth Robertson and Stephen H. A. Shepherd, trans. E. Talbot Donaldson (United States of America: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2006).

Critical Material

Medieval Literature
  • Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway, ‘Christian Philosophy in Piers Plowman’ in The Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman, ed. Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway (Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 136-159.
  • E. Talbot Donaldson, ‘[Summary of the Poem]’ in Piers Plowman, ed. Elizabeth Robertson and Stephen H. A. Shepherd, trans. E. Talbot Donaldson (United States of America: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2006), pp. 495-503.
  • Robert Worth Frank, ‘From “Piers Plowman and the Scheme of Salvation”’ in Piers Plowman, ed. Elizabeth Robertson and Stephen H. A. Shepherd, trans. E. Talbot Donaldson (United States of America: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2006), pp. 505-507.
  • James Simpson, ‘Religious forms and institutions in Piers Plowman’ in The Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman, ed. Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway (Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 97-114.

Podcasts

Brexitcast
  • Emergency Brexitcast: What the hell is going on? Ps, would you like a biscuit? (31:07) - 4 December 2017
  • Fudgecast (35:45) - 7 December 2017
  • Emergency Brexitcast: The second 'what the hell is going on' edition (32:10) - 8 December 2017
  • Intense Whipping (32:39) - 14 December 2017
  • LIVE: Look mum, we're on the telly (and the actual radio)! (47:46) - 18 December 2017
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • 192: Episode 192: No Such Thing As A Restaurant Menu For Hats (44:34) - 17 November 2017
  • 195: Episode 195: No Such Thing As A Hummingbird With A Greggs Steak Bake (38:51) - 9 December 2017
  • 196: Episode 196: No Such Thing As Faking The Magic Dream (37:54) - 15 December 2017
  • 197: Episode 197: No Such Thing As Eurovision For Christmas Trees (37:49) - 23 December 2017
The Briefing Room
  • May's Brexit Dilemma (28:34) - 7 December 2017
TED Talks Daily
  • Activism needs introverts | Sarah Corbett (14:45) - 21 November 2017
  • 10 ways to have a better conversation | Celeste Headlee (12:00) - 23 November 2017
  • How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure (10:52) - 24 November 2017
  • What makes something go viral? | Dao Nguyen (10:38) - 7 December 2017
  • Free yourself from your filter bubbles | Joan Blades and John Gable (09:33) - 12 December 2017
  • Want to get great at something? Get a coach | Atul Gawande (16:53) - 16 December 2017

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