Reviews, Research Ideas, and Ramblings: Hannah Southwell

Zadie Smith’s – ‘an oscillation between hope and melancholy’

Smith’s fiction continues to turn, oscillating between hope and melancholy, totality and fragmentation, unity and plurality; her texts present an unresolved tension between, as Vermeulen and Akker regard, ‘a modern … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Zadie Smith through a metamodern lens

My research considers literary forms beyond postmodernism. It questions the adequacy of terms and theories such as ‘digimodernism’, ‘metamodernism’, ‘pseudo-modernism’ and ‘post-postmodernism’ in defining our current era. The thesis, which … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Zeno and Zadie’s Paradox

As part of my PhD thesis I’ve been researching Zeno’s paradox in relation to Zadie Smith’s fiction. Who would have know that a video incorporating a dinosaur bobble head and … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Stories We Tell

Just a very short post to recommend a film that I recently stumbled across. Stories We Tell is a thoughtful documentary by oscar nominated film-maker Sarah Polley. This extremely well … Continue reading

October 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Zadie Smith’s authorial architecture

The literary critic Ellen Eve Frank has observed that in the nineteenth century architects conceived of buildings as, ‘books which can be read’ (Literary Architecture, 254). At the same time … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Intertextual Origins: A short summation of Saussure, Bakhtin, and Kristeva

Saussure: It is little contested that Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics lies at the heart of modern linguistics and formed the origins of literary theory, structuralism and subsequently … Continue reading

October 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

Zadie Smith’s NW – A Review

‘I am the sole author of the dictionary that defines me’ a statement and sentiment that both permeates and characterises Zadie Smith’s highly anticipated new novel NW. In this whirlwind … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

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