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Corpses

A magnificent variorum, The Text of Shelley’s Death. Tangled and complex, the text(s) build and slosh around the event of Shelley’s death without ever fully exposing it (its mystery is its romanticism). The book contains the main section of notes by Byron, Shelley, Mary, Jane & Edward Williams, Trelawny and others (they are not, generally,…

Brief Thoughts about and Interesting Quotes from Blood Work by Holly Tucker

Cultural phenomenon, in a cultural light, fascinates me. I picked up Blood Work by Holly Tucker because of this fact. Medicine, or at least “modern” medicine, is really quite new (blood types weren’t discovered until nearly the turn of the 20th Century, for example) so the idea of performing blood transfusions at a time when basic understandings of…

Topography of a Phantom City by Alain Robbe-Grillet (Annotation)

Alain Robbe-Grillet, author of the Nouveau Roman (or New Novel) movement, always challenges readers and their conception of reality. Topography of a Phantom City (out of print) is no exception. Repetition and shifts in point of view and time make this novel a brilliant example of the movement and Robbe-Grillet’s talents in engendering a sense…

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