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Reading Series 2018

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 2018

Podcasts

Brexitcast
  • Merry Brexmas! (1:58) - 23 December 2017
  • Not ANOTHER one? (31:28) - 11 January 2018
TED Talks Daily
  • The brain benefits of deep sleep -- and how to get more of it | Dan Gartenberg (06:48) - 5 December 2017
  • How fake handbags fund terrorism and organized crime | Alistair Gray (12:13) - 6 December 2017
  • How to make hard choices | Ruth Chang (14:41) - 27 December 2017
  • Strange answers to the psychopath test | Jon Ronson (18:01) - 28 December 2017
CrowdScience
  • Why Does My Dog Love Me? (29:07) - 5 January 2018
  • When Does Speech Become Music? (30:12) - 12 January 2018
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Merry Fishmas! (38:23) - 25 December 2017
  • 198: No Such Thing As Wasted Material 2017 (1:19:28) - 30 December 2017
  • Episode 199: No Such Thing As A Heroic Fire-Goat (40:19) - 12 January 2018
The Briefing Room
  • Would you pay more for the NHS? (28:30) - 11 January 2018
The Inquiry
  • Are We Missing a Bigger Opioid Crisis? (24:12) - 7 December 2017
The Infinite Monkey Cage
  • Stay Tuned... (0:35) - 20 December 2017

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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February 2018

Science and the Literary Imagination

Primary Sources Secondary Sources
  • Miriam Bailin, The sickroom in Victorian fiction: the art of being ill (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).
  • Elin Diamond, 'Realism and Hysteria: Toward a Feminist Mimesis', Discourse, Vol. 13, No. 1, (1990-91), 59-92.
  • Steve Farmer, 'Introduction' in Heart and Science, ed. Steve Farmer (Canada: Broadview Press, 1996), pp. 7-27.
  • Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, 2nd edn (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1979).
  • Colleen Hobbs, 'Reading The Symptoms: An Exploration of Repression and Hysteria in Mary Shelly’s "Frankenstein"', Studies in the Novel, Vol. 25, No. 2 (1993), 152-169.
  • Henry Maudsley, 'From Body and Mind (1870)' in Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology, ed. Laura Otis (United States: Oxford World''s Classics, 2002), pp. 364-369.
  • Mark S. Micale, ''On the "Disappearance" of Hysteria: A Study in the Clinical Deconstruction of a Diagnosis', Isis, Vol. 84, No. 3 (1993), 496-526.
  • Shelley Streeby, 'Sensational Fiction', in A Companion to American Fiction 1780–1865, ed. by Shirley Samuels (Blackwell Publishing, 2004)
  • Christine S. Wiesenthal, 'From Charcot to Plato: The History of Hysteria', in Steve Farmer's 'Introduction' in Heart and Science, ed. Steve Farmer (Canada: Broadview Press, 1996), pp. 7-27.

Podcasts

Brexitcast The Infinite Monkey Cage

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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March 2018

Recovering the Feminine Identity in Dystopia

Primary Sources Secondary Sources
  • Atwood, Margaret, 'Introduction' in Brave New World (Great Britain: Penguin Random House, 1932), pp. vii-xvi.
  • Beauvoir, Simone de, 'From The Second Sex' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. by Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd edn (New York: Norton, 2010), pp. 1265-1273.
  • Booker, M. Keith, The Dystopian Impulse in Modern Literature: Fiction as Social Criticism (Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994).
  • Bradbury, Ray, 'Burning Bright: An Afterword' in Fahrenheit 451 (Great Britain: HarperCollins, 1953), pp. 215-227.
  • Butler, Judith, 'From Gender Trouble' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. by Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd edn (New York: Norton, 2010), pp. 2540-2553.
  • Carpentier, Martha C., 'The "Dark Power of Destiny" in George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four"' in Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, 47 (2014), 179-194.
  • Cowan, Gloria, 'Feminist Attitudes towards Pornography Control' in Psychology of Women Quarterly, 16 (1992), 165-177.
  • Dilworth, Thomas, 'Erotic Dream to Nightmare: Ominous Problems and Subliminal Suggestion in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four' in Papers on Language & Literature, 49 (2013), 296-326.
  • Dockterman, Eliana, 'On the Urgency of the Handmaid's Tale', Time Magazine, 7 September 2017
  • Foucault, Michel, 'From The History of Sexuality, Volume 1, An Introduction' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. by Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd edn (New York: Norton, 2010), pp. 1502-1521.
  • Fredriksson, Erik, 'The Human Animal: An Ecocritical View of Animal Imagery in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World' (unpublished thesis, Halmstad University, 2013).
  • Gayle, Damien, 'What, how and why? The UK's new online porn restrictions explained', The Guardian, 25 November 2016
  • Lacan, Jacques, 'The Mirror State as Formative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. by Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd edn (New York: Norton, 2010), pp. 1163-1169.
  • Llewellyn, Jana Diemer, 'Rape in Feminist Utopian and Dystopian Fiction: Joanna Russ's The Female Man, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, and Octavia Butler's The Parable of the Sower and The Parable of the Talents' (unpublished master's thesis, Villanova University, 2006).
  • Macpherson, Heidi Slettedahl, The Cambridge Introduction to Margaret Atwood (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
  • McGlynn, Clare and Erika Rackley, 'Criminalising extreme pornography : a lost opportunity', Criminal Law Review, 4 (2009), pp. 245-260
  • Pillay, Navi, 'Valuing Women as Autonomous Beings: Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights', public lecture given at University of Pretoria (Pretoria, 2012).
  • Plath, Sylvia, 'Lady Lazarus' in Poetry Foundation
  • Psychology: European Edition, ed. Daniel Schacter, Daniel Gilbert & Daniel Wegner (United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
  • Raschke, Debrah, 'Margaret Atwood's the Handmaid's tale: False borders and subtle subversions' in Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory, 6:3-4 (1995), 257-268.
  • Rich, Adrienne, 'From Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. by Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd edn (New York: Norton, 2010), pp. 1591-1609.
  • Rubin, Gayle, 'From Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. by Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd edn (New York: Norton, 2010), pp. 2377-2402.
  • Rubin, Gayle, 'The Traffic in Women: Notes on the "Political Economy" of Sex' in Towards an Anthropology of Women, ed. by Rayna R. Reiter, pp. 157-210.
  • 'Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. by Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd edn (New York: Norton, 2010), pp. 1923-1925.
  • 'Section 23: Regulator’s power to require internet service providers to block access to material' in Digital Economy Act (2017)
  • 'Simone de Beauvoir' in The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, ed. by Vincent B. Leitch, 2nd edn (New York: Norton, 2010), pp. 1261-1265.
  • Simons, Margaret A., 'Motherhood, Feminism and Identity' in Women's Studies International Forum, 7(5) (1984), 349-359.
  • Stillman, Peter G. and S. Anne Johnson, 'Identity, Complicity, and Resistance in The Handmaid's Tale' in Utopian Studies, 5 (1994), 70-86.
  • 'The Handmaid's Tale protests taking place across the world', The Telegraph, 9 July 2017

Podcasts

Brexitcast
  • Sherry picking (28:06) - 22 February 2018
  • EMERGENCY BREXITCAST: Two things can be true at the same time (18:41) - 26 February 2018
  • EMERGENCY BREXITCAST: Something has to give (17:42) - 28 February 2018
  • Special! Adam in Tony Blair's hotel room (19:29) - 1 March 2018
  • Bumper Brexitcast: No more cake and eating it (39:39) - 2 March 2018
The Briefing Room
  • Is Your Local Council Going Bust? (28:44) - 8 February 2018
Hackable?
  • Keyless Entry (25:20) - 5 March 2018

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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April 2018

Podcasts

TED Talks Daily
  • Our treatment of HIV has advanced. Why hasn't the stigma changed? | Arik Hartmann (17:18) - 5 January 2018
  • What we don't teach kids about sex | Sue Jaye Johnson (07:30) - 5 January 2018
  • Why I choose humanism over faith | Leo Igwe (10:28) - 30 March 2018
  • Our fight for disability rights -- and why we're not done yet | Judith Heumann (18:07) - 30 March 2018
  • To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift | Andrew Dent (10:45) - 4 April 2018
  • The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment | Mark Tyndall (16:40) - 18 April 2018
Brexitcast
  • Plenty more fishfingers in the Brexit sea? (33:03) - 8 March 2018
CrowdScience
  • Is Nuclear Fusion Coming Anytime Soon? (37:21) - 10 March 2018
  • Is The Future of Food a Pill? (35:15) - 31 March 2018
  • Can We Find a Cure for Dementia? (29:22) - 7 April 2018
  • Are Screens Bad For My Child's Eyes? (28:36) - 20 April 2018
The Infinite Monkey Cage
  • How Animals Behave (43:41) - 5 February 2018
  • Volcanoes (42:31) - 13 February 2018
The Inquiry
  • What Happens When a Cyber-attack Strikes? (23:47) - 1 March 2018

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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May 2018

Medieval Literature

Primary Sources Secondary Sources
  • Baker, Denise N., 'Introduction', in The Showings of Julian of Norwich, ed. by Denise N. Baker (United States of America: Norton, 2005), pp. ix-xxi.
  • Baker, Denise N., Footnotes in The Showings of Julian of Norwich, ed. by Denise N. Baker (United States of America: Norton, 2005).
  • Baker, Denise Nowakowski, Julian of Norwich's "Showings": From Vision to Book (United States of America: Princeton University Press, 2014).
  • Bäuml, Franz H., 'Varieties and Consequences of Medieval Literacy and Illiteracy', Speculum, 55 (1980), 237-265.
  • Foster, Allyson, 'A Shorte Treatyse of Contemplacyon: The Book of Margery Kempe in Early English Print Culture' (unpublished master's thesis, University of Calgary, 2004).
  • Gibson, Gail McMurray, 'St, Margery: The Book of Margery Kempe', in The Book of Margery Kempe, trans. and ed. by Lynn Staley (New York: Norton, 2001), pp. 276-284.
  • Krug, Rebecca, 'Margery Kempe', in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature 1100-1500, ed. by Larry Scanlon (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 217-228.
  • Lochrie, Karma, 'From Utterance to Text', in The Book of Margery Kempe, trans. and ed. by Lynn Staley (New York: Norton, 2001), pp. 243-256.
  • Staley, Lynn, 'Authorship and Authority', in The Book of Margery Kempe, trans. and ed. by Lynn Staley (New York: Norton, 2001), pp. 236-242.
  • Staley Johnson, Lynn, '[The Trope of the Scribe and the Question of Literary Authority in the Texts of Julian of Norwich]', in The Showings of Julian of Norwich, ed. by Denise N. Baker (United States of America: Norton, 2005), pp. 150-158.

Old Norse

Primary sources Secondary sources
  • A New Introduction to Old Norse, Part III, Glossary and Index of Names (United Kingdom, Viking Society for Northern Research, 2001).
  • Bray, Olive, 'Introduction' in The Elder or Poetic Edda: Part 1.-The Mythological Poems, ed. and trans. by Olive Bray (London: Viking Club, 1908), pp. i-lxxx.
  • Faulkes, Anthony, 'Introduction' in Edda, trans. and ed. by Anthony Faulkes (Great Britain: Everyman, 1987), pp. xi-xxi.
  • Faulkes, Anthony, 'Introduction' in Edda: Prologue and Gylfaginning, ed. by Anthony Faulkes, 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. xi-xxxii.
  • Faulkes, Anthony, 'Introduction' in Edda: Skáldskarparmál 1. Introduction, Text and Notes, ed. by Anthony Faulkes (London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 1998), pp. vii-lix.
  • Lindow, John, Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • O'Donoghue, Heather, Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004).
  • Sturluson, Snorri, Edda: Skáldskaparmál 2. Glossary and Index of Names, ed. by Anthony Faulkes (London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 1998).

Science and the Literary Imagination

Primary Sources Secondary Sources
  • Albrecht, Thomas, 'Sympathy and Telepathy: The Problem of Ethics in George Eliot's "The Lifted Veil"', ELH, 73 (2006), 437-463.
  • Bradley, Simon, 'Introduction', in 'The Signalman' (Great Britain: Profile Books, 2015), pp. vii-xxiii.
  • Combe, George, 'From Elements of Phrenology (1824)', in Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology, ed. by Laura Otis (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 377-381.
  • Despotopoulou, Anna, 'Gender Transfusions in George Eliot's The Lifted Veil"', George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies, 58/59 (2010), 2-19.
  • Flint, Kate, 'Blood, Bodies, and The Lifted Veil', Nineteenth-Century Literature, 51 (1997), 455-473.
  • Galvan, Jill, 'The Narrator as Medium in George Eliot's "The Lifted Veil"', Victorian Studies, 48 (2006), 240- 248.
  • Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar, 'Made Keen by Loss: George Eliot's Veiled Vision', in The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, 2nd ed,. (United States of America: Yale University Press, 1979), pp. 443-477.
  • Maudsley, Henry, 'From Body and Mind (1870)', in Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology, ed. by Laura Otis (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 364-369.
  • Small, Helen, 'Introduction', in 'The Lifted Veil' in The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob, ed. by Helen Small (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. ix-xxxviii.
  • Tytler, Graeme, 'Dicken's The Signalman', Explicator, 53 (1994), 26-9.

Podcasts

The Inquiry
  • What's the Real Difference Between the Sexes? (23:26) - 3 May 2018
The Life Scientific
  • Wendy Barclay and the flu virus (28:05) - 30 January 2018
  • Clare Grey on the Big Battery Challenge (29:07) - 6 March 2018
  • Stephen Reicher on the psychology of crowds (28:12) - 13 March 2018
  • Callum Roberts on the urgent need for marine conservation (27:53) - 1 May 2018
  • Carlo Rovelli on why time is not what it seems (27:52) - 8 May 2018
The Briefing Room
  • Violent Crime (28:49) - 12 April 2018
  • Is the Home office a problem department? (28:28) - 3 May 2018
Brexitcast
  • Spectacular nerds and Greek dentists (35:11) - 15 March 2018
  • Emergency Brexitcast: As exciting as having a ticket to Hamilton (25:26) - 19 March 2018
CrowdScience
  • Why Do Humans Dance? (33:51) - 11 May 2018
No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Episode 216: No Such Thing As A Lobster War (38:18) - 11 May 2018
TED Talks Daily
  • What if we ended the injustice of bail | Robin Steinberg (15:11) - 13 April 2018
  • The truth about unwanted arousal | Emily Nagoski (16:13) - 11 May 2018
  • The shocking danger of mountaintop removal -- and why it must end | Michael Hendryx (13:50) - 22 May 2018
  • What I've learned about parenting as a stay-at-home dad | Glen Henry (26 April 2018) - 26 April 2018
  • How work kept me going during my cancer treatment | Sarah Donnelly (11:41) - 26 April 2018
  • How I turn negative online comments into positive offline conversations | Dylan Marron (11:41) - 27 April 2018
  • Why tech needs the humanities | Eric Berridge (11:12) - 1 May 2018
  • It's time for the law to protect victims of gender violence | Laura L. Dunn (06:23) - 2 May 2018
  • Why you don't like the sound of your own voice | Rébecca Kleinberger (12:42) - 3 May 2018
  • To design better tech, understand context | Tania Douglas (09:23) - 3 May 2018
  • How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei (15:51) - 4 May 2018
  • What it takes to be racially literate | Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo (13:01) - 7 May 2018
  • Confessions of a depressed comic | Kevin Breel (11:00) - 9 May 2018
  • What it's like to be a transgender dad | LB Hannahs (14:29) - 10 May 2018

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June 2018

Novels

Podcasts

TED Talks Daily
  • How to turn a group of strangers into a team | Amy Edmondson (13:07) - 24 May 2018
  • The critical role librarians play in the opiod crisis | Chera Kowalski (12:09) - 5 June 2018
  • The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal (16:05) - 18 June 2018
  • What if we eliminated one of the world's oldest diseases? | Caroline Harper (10:18) - 26 June 2018
  • The agony of opiod withdrawal -- and what doctors should tell patients about it | Travis Rieder (14.27) - 28 June 2018

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July 2018

Novels

Podcasts

TED Talks Daily
  • Let's turn the high seas into the world's largest nature reserve | Enric Sala (13:10) - 6 June 2018'
  • The discoveries awaiting us in the ocean's twilight zone | Heidi M. Sosik (11:03) - 8 June 2018'
  • The journey through loss and grief | Jason B. Rosenthal (14:14) - 12 June 2018
  • What we'll learn about the brain in the next century | Sam Rodriques (13:44) - 13 June 2018
  • How Netflix changed entertainment -- and where it's headed | Reed Hastings (21:03) - 21 June 2018
  • Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild (14:09) - 22 June 2018
  • The nightmare videos of children's YouTube -- and what's wrong with the internet today (17:28) - 22 June 2018
  • Why teens confess to crimes they didn't commit | Lindsay Malloy (14:54) - 4 July 2018
  • How we study the microbes living in your gut | Dan Knights (10:48) - 11 July 2018
  • An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White (18:25) - 13 July 2018
  • How to have better political conversations | Robb Willer (12:16) - 13 July 2018
  • The power of diversity within yourself | Rebeca Hwang (09:44) - 17 July 2018
  • Why doctors are offering free tax prep in their waiting rooms | Lucy Marcil (05:06) - 23 July 2018
  • How to stop swiping and find your person on dating apps | Christina Wallace (05:30) - 25 July 2018
In Our Time
  • Roman Slavery (50:49) - 5 April 2018
  • The Emancipation of the Serfs (50:03) - 17 May 2018
  • Echolocation (51:11) - 21 June 2018
  • The Science of Glass (Summer Repeat) (46:27) - 19 July 2018
The Life Scientific
  • Rachel Mills exploring the sea floor (27:48) - 19 June 2018
The Infinite Monkey Cage
  • Big Data (44:52) - 16 July 2018
The Briefing Room
  • Brexit decision time (28:36) - 6 July 2018
  • What does the UK want from the EU? (28:31) - 20 July 2018
Brexitcast
  • May gets backing for Brexit plan (14:30) - 7 July 2018
  • Brexit goes KABOOM! (34:12) - 10 July 2018

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August 2018

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September 2018

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October 2018

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November 2018

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December 2018

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