Category Archives: fiction

Punk Sociology…cover, pre-orders, publisher’s site and an endorsement

My Punk Sociology book has a cover and is now available for pre-orders (for those who are interested the information on this is below). The process is moving at lightning speed. The book is due for publication on 7th January. … Continue reading

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Jenny Diski on books (and home space)

A really nice piece by Jenny Diski on books – and on their use, non-use and incorporation into home space – in Berfrois.

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Richard Hoggart: Virtue and Reward

Last week I read Fred Inglis’ new biography Richard Hoggart: Virtue and Reward. It’s a really revealing piece of work. Inglis has kept it short and punchy, the book is 250 pages and its focus on the key moments works … Continue reading

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The Detective Novel

I’ve just been continuing to work through old issues of Theory, Culture & Society. I’m coming across some really interesting material. One piece that stood out was David Frisby’s 1992 piece ‘Between the Spheres: Siegfried Kracauer and the Detective Novel‘. This … Continue reading

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Will Self on Mark Kermode…and on the future of literature/film reviewing and criticism

Will Self has reviewed Mark Kermode’s recent book Hatchet Job. He uses his review of this book on film criticism to open up some questions about the future of cultural criticism. The problem being that the changing medium makes the … Continue reading

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Popular Culture, Media & Society (my undergraduate module)

This summer I’ve spent quite a bit of time reflecting on my undergraduate module ‘Popular Culture, Media & Society’. It’s a year-long second year module that I co-ordinate, I also do most of the teaching on it (I’m doing 15 … Continue reading

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Details and contents for the inaugural issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies

The inaugural issue of the new Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is getting close. Above is the flyer with the details of the contents for issue 1.1. The flyer and the blog for the journal can be found here. Alongside … Continue reading

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Audio of Stuart Elden’s talk on Shakespearean Colonial Territories

A couple of weeks ago Stuart Elden visited my department to give a really creative and engaging presentation that used Shakespeare to think about various issues relating to territory. This particular presentation was on Shakespearean Colonial Territories. There is now … Continue reading

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The Late Walter Benjamin by John Schad

I’ve just started reading this. It’s a novel in which a London council estate resident in the 1960s thinks he’s Walter Benjamin. What a great idea.

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Politicised literary geographies audio recordings

The audio recordings of a recent event on Politicised Literary Geographies are now available. There are some really interesting uses of fictional resources here, these are used in imaginative ways to open a range of political questions and issues. This … Continue reading

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