Author Archives: Rachel Fox

About Rachel Fox

I am currently a PhD candidate at Lancaster University, having completed a BA in English Literature and an MA in Contemporary Literary Studies. My provisional thesis title is: Voicing and Visualising Identity: The Discursive Figure of ‘Woman’ in Contemporary Poetical and Polemical works of Literature arising from Western Asia

All the Books I’ve Read in 2014

Amir and Khadil, Zahra’s Paradise Atef Abu Saif, The Book of Gaza Radwa Ashour, Spectres Margaret Atwood, Surfacing Jo Baker, Longbourne M. Barrie, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens Max Barry, Lexicon Julian Barnes, A History of the World in 10 … Continue reading

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Quote: Neil Gaiman, American Gods — ‘I… can believe anything. You have no idea what I can believe.’

“I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not. I can believe in Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn … Continue reading

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Lancaster Litfest 2014: The Book of Gaza // Matters of Communication

Venue: The Book of Gaza (readings by Nayrouz Qarmout and Mona Abu Sharekh) @ The Storey (Lancaster) [Thursday 16th October, 6.00pm] The Event It’s safe to say that the event did not go as planned. After ordering my ticket I … Continue reading

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SERIES: Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife Carnivalesque and Grotesque / ‘Angels’ and ‘Monsters’ – SALOME

‘Women were not only writing, they were conceiving fictional worlds in which patriarchal images and conventions were severely, radically revised’ (Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar) ‘SALOME’ Sexuality is most typically expressed through bodily activity that is linked to the lower … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby: ‘They’re such beautiful shirts’

A consideration of a few of the wider themes in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, with specific attention paid to Daisy’s first entry into Gatsby’s house (Chapter Five) F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is ‘the true substance of … Continue reading

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Mapping Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl

Shelley Jackson’s hypertext, Patchwork Girl, begins with a series of, not so much headings, but hyperlinks: ‘a graveyard, a journal, a quilt, a story, & broken accents’.[1] To click on each hyperlink is to venture into a different zone of … Continue reading

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Apocalypse and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas

Kermode’s ‘apocalyptic types’:- -Empire -Decadence and renovation -Progress and catastrophe Cloud Atlas –Empire – Ewing’s colonial themed nineteenth-century narrative. –Decadence – Frobisher’s richly indulgent narrative (pre WW-II). –Renovation – Lusia Rey’s period of industrial growth/change in 1970s America. –Progress – … Continue reading

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