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“You Gradgrind”: The Role of Literature in Saturday

Dan Fang questions McEwan’s stance on literature in Saturday as she uses examples of literature’s possible power and influence in Perowne’s life. For a neurosurgeon who doesn’t seem to like literature, Perowne seems to attract quite a bit of poetic justice, both figuratively (with Baxter under his knife at the end) and literally (with Daisy […] Continue reading

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A World of Saturdays: The Unities and Beyond

Analyzing the structure of Ian McEwan’s Saturday, Erin Pellarin discusses Sir Phillip Sidney’s Classical Unities, and how Saturday utilizes them in order to emphasize how, despite the internal nature of the point of view, the outside world and its influences continually pervade the narration. A World of Saturdays: The Unities and BeyondFiled under: Saturday, Science […] Continue reading

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Generous Scheherazade

What is the power of fiction? Dan Fang ponders this topic in her blog post as she debates the wavering line between fiction and fact in the world that Powers has presented. If all writing is rewriting, is there such thing as a new story, new material? Or are we simply telling the same stories […] Continue reading

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Powers, Pater, Penman: Generosity and Mindfulness

Richard Powers’s book Generosity, An Enhancement might center its narrative around the seemingly unflappable, amicable Thassa Amzwar, but is the book actually ABOUT her? Killian C. Quigley doesn’t seem to think so; using quotes from Walter Pater’s Studies in the History of the Renaissance and Danny Penman, he argues that the fascination with Thassa is […] Continue reading

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The Story on Stories: Narrative in Generosity

Erin Pellarin examines the metafictional aspects of Richard Powers’s Generosity in her blog post, analyzing each major character in order to delve into the stories within the overarching narrative. Through a closer look at the individual characters’ stories, Pellarin brings up a question applicable to our daily lives: what responsibility and ability do we have […] Continue reading

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Bioethics and Nationality: A Romance

Of course, certain cultural and historical values would affect the decisions and attitudes of their citizens, and Erin Pellarin applies this to bioethics, Chromosome 6, and Never Let Me Go. Using the perceived differences between Britain and America, she argues that a question of humanity becomes a nationalist debate. And perhaps, using this theory, we can […] Continue reading

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The Laws of Life

The “reanimation” of life can refer to much more than zombie media would have us automatically think. Killian C Quigley describes a 1984 court case where the legality of the marketplace for byproducts of life, in order to “reanimate life” came into question. But he also raises the question, “What is life?” Is it a […] Continue reading

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Blood Work, Chimeras and the Practice of Science

Ethical controversy over science is nothing new: in this post, Erin Pellarin compares the modern-day controversy over human stem-cells being placed in animal embryos to the controversy in 1667 over blood transfusions from one species to another. The main concern is always over the faint line between human and animal; at what point does this […] Continue reading

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“A Genuine Start-Over Skin”: The Erotics of World-Creation

Killain C. Quigley draws parallels between the erotic and the contagious in his blog post, explaining how the characteristic “Human carrier” of disease and outbreak novels signifies an erotic undertone. And this is eroticism that is not only in a sexual sense (though there’s plenty of that in Oryx and Crake), but an uncanny and […] Continue reading

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Flotsam and Chaos: Things in Oryx and Crake

Materialism and its corporate grip on society is a rampant theme in Oryx and Crake, and it’s no surprise that Dan Fang would take a particular interest in it. In this post, she discusses the significance of Jimmy’s retained materialism; the previously mundane things that he owns are tangible remnants of an apocalyptic past. Fang […] Continue reading

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