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A blog for my academic ideas, more or less.

Some of My Favourite Contemporary Poets

(This post has very little to do with my research, but I just wanted to make it.)

Luke Kennard. Emily Berry. Ellen Kennedy. Joe Dunthorne. Chris East.

I’m still trying to understand what I like about poetry. This is sort of an attempt to represent what I like just now, to put them together to see if they make sense or contradict or just are.

Be gentle with me.

Here are some examples of their work:

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Student Grammar Bad

I just finished marking 55 portfolios for the first-year undergrad. English Lit. class I taught this year.

That’s 55 x 3 essays. That’s 165 essays. In < a week.

Most of the portfolios were good, showing the students had understood the course and have done well for their first year. (There was a lot of repetition between portfolios, obviously, but there you go.) Some of them were rushed and poor quality. One portfolio was absolutely outstanding.

I plan to talk a bit more about my teaching experiences at some point, but for today, I’m just going to take the cheap route and post some of the most knuckle-biting prose I came across this week.

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Filed under: teaching

Sandwich Sunday, II

Links of note this week!

Themes: design, the archive, magazines, innovation.

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Deadline: Topic.

More academic ephemera; conferences and journals to submit to.

15 May 2009: Future conference in Dundee, takes place 17 June; seems like a sharp turnaround, but I’m in Scotland then anyway. Abstract is going to be on McSweeney’s and past as prophecy.

15 May 2009: Exploding Objects, Goldsmiths; sociology conference, but come on! McSweeney’s and the exploded object? This writes itself.

30 May 2009: Literary Journalism Studies collection; article on McSweeney’s 1 and literary culture/institutions of autumn 1998, focused through analysis of New York Times Magazine.

15 June 2009: Consuming Cultures collection; few options for this, thinking about paper on McSweeney’s 10 (Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales) and its dissemination, anthologies and short story cycles, meaning through commercial composition.

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About Me:

My name is Kevin O'Neill and I am in the fifth year of a part-time PhD in the English Department of Goldsmiths, London, UK. I used to teach undergrad classes there (now: not, because there are other PhD students who need teaching experience). I work (most of the time) in the Oxfam shop in Dalston because few people get paid to do humanities PhDs.

My research centres around the literary journal McSweeney's. My interest is developing into what McSweeney's tells us about two separate (but I guess related) fields: 1) literary institutions 2) American cultural production, more broadly. This blog was initially about my PhD but is now a more general thinking space.

See right for my flickr/twitter/delicious feeds, then below for other versions of me.

Email is looceefir on gmail.


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