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Blog entries on '28 February 2006'

Tuesday 28 February 2006

Stout and Schroeder

This week's Books of the Week are Janis P Stout's Coming Out of War (University of Alabama Press) and Severin Schroeder Wittgenstein (Polity). Stout probes the work of Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, and Randall Jarrell and challenges the belief that war poetry was written only by men by examining the writings of Rose Macaulay, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Schroeder's book is a clear account of Wittgenstein's philosophy, framed against his biography.

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Tuesday 28 February 2006

Deleuze’s Stoicism

Something of a local institution, the Manchester-based Human Sciences Seminar has been running for about 25 years. All meetings begin at 5pm, on Thursdays, in the Geoffrey Manton Building, Room 3.35, in Manchester city centre. Last week Alison Stone, from Lancaster University, gave an excellent and well-attended talk entitled Are There Two Sexes? I'll be interviewing Alison later in the year about her forthcoming book Luce Irigaray and the Philosophy of Sexual Difference (CUP).


This coming Thursday, 2nd John Sellars, from Oxford University, will be giving a talk entitled Deleuze’s Stoicism. Should be good. Sellars' book-length study of Stoicism is out from Acumen in April.

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Tuesday 28 February 2006

Split-Lit

The Split-Lit festival ("Celebrating Women's Writing") starts Thursday 2nd March at the oh! art centre, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 and other London venues (via Jai):


This highly accessible literary festival explores issues and ideas with a diverse international line-up of novelists, journalists, broadcasters, poets, playwrights, comics, artists and musicians. Coinciding with International Women's Week the programme presents writers from across the globe ... The Festival celebrates new writing and independent publishers with writers whose imaginations will challenge and inspire and publishers who give opportunities to writers who deserve the light. The programme includes discussions and debates, readings, talks, performances, exhibitions and workshops, the International Women's Day Lunch and a rip-roaring Comedy Night.

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Tuesday 28 February 2006

Gennady Aygi RIP

Chuvash poet Gennady Aygi (1934-2006) has died, last Thursday, of cancer. One of the outstanding Russian poets of the 20th century, his most important works remained virtually unpublished in the Soviet Union until the 1980s, by which time he had been published and translated in more than 20 countries and several times nominated for a Nobel prize. See the Guardian obituary and more background from Nomadics.

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