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English Literature PhD Vlog 1: Beginning my PhD

Hi everyone,

So since I went full time at SAS a few months ago I’ve been pretty dreadful at keeping R2R updated — and looking back now, there’s so much that has happened to write about! 271 more words


Fiction, Cultural Appropriation and the Lionel Shriver Fracas

Lionel Shriver has made quite a splash in the literary world by donning a sombrero (to protest the perception of white people wearing sombreros as controversial) at an Australian literary festival and railing about cultural appropriation: “a larger climate of super-sensitivity, giving rise to proliferating prohibitions supposedly in the interest of social justice that constrain fiction writers and prospectively makes our work impossible.” Shriver makes some points that sound good on their surface — writing inherently involves inhabiting and animating those who are different from the author — in the midst of some awful ones. 2,378 more words



I must say, I was surprised by this book; or more so, I was surprised by my reaction to this book. I have never been particularly good with stream-of-consciousness or hyper-realistic novels – most of the time I simply find them to confusing and boring to read – but there was something in Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man that made me somewhat more fixated. 341 more words


Classic Book Review: Dubliners by James Joyce

When I took on the Back to the Classics Challenge 2016, I was very worried about the Classic Short Story Challenge. I’m not a fan of short stories in general, and, as a new person to classics, didn’t have much knowledge of classic short stories. 257 more words


The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel: #Robinpedia

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel is the longest continually licensed hotel in Sydney and the oldest pub brewery in Australia. Given that writers have a tendency to enjoy a tipple from time to time, and ensure they can get it reliably, … 311 more words


James Joyce: Master of the House

One of the many things that Ulysses teaches us is that the mind can be a crazy place, a non-linear labyrinth of seemingly nonsensical juxtapositions and unexpected epiphanies. 7,999 more words