Monthly Archives: April 2012

hapax legomena

linguistic term for a word recorded only once in a language (Beowulf has an extraordinary number)


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Intro to Electronic Lit

Here is an Introduction to Electronic Literature (a freeware guide). I will eventually make my way through the content and post anything of particular interest, but it may be a very useful resource.

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The Middle Ages

Today I read about the Middle Ages (to ca. 1485) in the Norton Anthology of British Literature.

Points of note…

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What is a novel?

The novel as a literary genre is a pretty broad category. There are, of course, sub-genres such as romance and sci-fi, and it is common to even hear the term “literary novel” used by critics and writers. The novel is a type of fiction, but other than that the genre is pretty undefined which will pose a problem as technology changes the way in which novels are written, published and read.

This piece at the Financial Times adds “novel of ideas” and the “philosophical” novel to the mix of novelistic types.

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“Operative irony” is not the future

In an April 12th essay online at Granta, author Toby Litt writes one of the better reflections on the multifaceted impact of technology on the literary novel. Entitled “The Reader and Technology,” I had expected another nostalgia-driven tirade against technology, but was pleasantly surprised.

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The beginning…

This is the beginning of what will hopefully be many posts as I prepare to reapply to graduate PhD programs in English Literature this fall. I will post content and study resources for the GRE Lit exam, reviews of books published in the 21st century, and other essays and thoughts concerning topics related to the novel and literature in a burgeoning digital age. 

But for these first two weeks my goal is simply to acclimate to the medium, this novel telegraphy. Telegraphy (from Greek: tele τηλε “far”, and graphein γραφειν “writing”) is the long-distance transmission of messages without the physical exchange of an object bearing the message.

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