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Short Story Quiz

Did this today at the end of the first term of teaching this class.

Dumping text here, cos, you know, why not.

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Realism.

Class on realism. Discussed narrative detail. ‘Crucial details’. Language articulating our perception of the world. Did an exercise to start where everyone wrote down their impressions of the room. This is my transcription of their keywords.

The rest of the class was OK. We spent a bit much time doing this. I worry about their textual analysis abilities. Most of them don’t really have any. I love textual analysis. Stylistics. Nouns and adjectives and their endless possibilities. Word choice as the crucial indicator of a writer’s personality?

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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.

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Email is looceefir on gmail.

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