An Exercise in Structural Criticism from the unlikliest source…

October 19, 2009

An exercise in Structural Criticism, using the genre of Celebrity Break-up stories….   image: teamsugar The units of the celebrity break-up story and/or dramatis personae of this genre One or more celebrity spouses (in these stories they were heterosexual couples, though this is not an essential element of the genre) One or more children (a […]

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A(nother) New Adventure Begins

September 20, 2009

Today I am leaving on a jet plane (once again) to the far reaches of the globe. At least on the other side of it again. 38 hours of travel from the north of New South Wales to the South East of Scotland. Like many Australians there is just something about Peter Allan’s lyrics that […]

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A Declaration: I Love what I Do but its not what I Love most!!

August 20, 2009

This post is partially a followup to an earlier post – “Passion, vocation, calling, and finidng a Job you actually like” though it has been in the works for some time. See the end of the post for other related Goannatree posts. —————————————————– I love what I do! I also make a Declaration of Dependence. […]

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E. Nesbit: An Unconventional Woman

August 5, 2009

Interested in a young age in literature, with a great interest in William Morris, 19-year-old Nesbit met bank clerk Hubert Bland in 1877. Seven months pregnant, she married Bland on 22 April 1880; Even then the couple did not immediately live together, Bland preferring to remain in the comfort of his mother’s home, leaving Nesbit […]

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W.B Yeats: Irish Protestantism, Catholicism and the aesthetics of Irish architecture!

August 2, 2009

Yeats is an important figure in establishing Irish independence and nationalism, a founding father as it were. Roy Foster srgues that examining big house architecture is one way of understanding “the ethos of the Protestant Ascendancy” (215). Foster specifically links Yeats’s interest in the occult to his desire to revive and celebrate the Protestant Ascendancy. […]

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Guest Post: Is it fair to Compare?

July 29, 2009

Today I bring you a Guest Post from Sarah Czarnota. Not only is Sarah a good friend of mine who I’m really looking forward to seeing more regularly once we are living on the same continent again but she’s also just finished a Masters in Comparative Education at the University of London. This is the […]

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E. Nesbit: An Unconventional Childhood

July 28, 2009

Called Daisy by her family, Nesbit was born on August 12, 1858 at Kennington, Surrey (now part of greater London). The youngest of five children, she considered her early years, when her father was still alive, idyllic. Father died unexpectedly when she was 4 years of age. Her grandfather Anthony Nesbit founded the agricultural college […]

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E.Nesbit: An Unconventional Victorian Woman

July 24, 2009

Basic Facts Edith Nesbit was born on 15 August 1848. In her childhood she was always called Daisy. Father died unexpectedly when she was 4 years of age. Tumultuous childhood – numerous schools in England, France, and Germany. Sister Mary very ill with tuberculosis (d. when EN was 16). Married Hubert Bland in 1880 when […]

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Writing, Writing, Writing; or, Thinking and Reading about Writing

July 17, 2009

I’ve been thinking about how writing as a blogger has stretched me, or should I say is stretching me- It is a stretch. I am a writer, but I am an academic (and that’s a whole different register….) so i am learning what it means to (endeavour to) write in the way that Aristotle suggests […]

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Productivity Tools for Researchers

July 16, 2009

I like to be efficient so that i can make time for the most important things – like reading, writing, and thinking. I have compiled a list of links with overviews so that you might be able to make use of some of these resources too. This list isn’t exhaustive and doesn’t even represent all […]

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