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Something to read and mull over this week. Each week I will find something in the general press to pass on. It will be tenuously relevant to the course but will probably induce some cogitation...
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Folk realism: The literature exploring England's legends and landscapes

Folk realism: The literature exploring England's legends and landscapes | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
As I write this, the Beast from the East has its teeth in Britain, painting out in white the patchwork fields I can usually see from my office window, smoothing out the contours of the hills and dales, making indistinct the varied horizons.
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Teenagers aren't reading enough tough books – here's why that matters

Teenagers aren't reading enough tough books – here's why that matters | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
The latest What Kids Are Reading report finds that secondary school students aren't challenging themselves – and it could limit their choices later in life.
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Feminist pioneer Kate Millett dies aged 82

Feminist pioneer Kate Millett dies aged 82 | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Kate Millett, the activist, artist and educator whose best-selling work Sexual Politics was a landmark of cultural criticism and a manifesto for the modern feminist movement, dies aged 82.
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5 Reasons Textbooks Will Not Survive

5 Reasons Textbooks Will Not Survive | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Textbooks cannot keep up with the way we work. At some point we need to come to terms with the costs and limitations of print resources. Inspired by Matt Miller's Ditch That Textbook and my own experience, this post explores five reasons why textbooks will not survive.

Via Nik Peachey, Tania Cortés Alvarez
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 31, 2017 6:08 AM

Yes. I have to agree.

Tania Cortés Alvarez's curator insight, May 31, 2017 9:29 PM
This article exposes all the reasons why textbooks will disappear, this is a true that we can hide, All is evolving even the way we read and find information... Today is about practicality.And, nowadays textbooks are not practical.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 1, 2017 2:37 PM
The author of this post makes some interesting arguments. 
 
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie clarifies transgender comments as backlash grows

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie clarifies transgender comments as backlash grows | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Author reiterates her support for transgender people, but says it would be ‘disingenuous’ not to acknowledge differences
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Giving up your name after marriage is a choice that's worth questioning

Giving up your name after marriage is a choice that's worth questioning | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
There is a reason why women continue to feel the need to debate and defend their choices on this matter, writes Clem Ford.
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It does raise the question. Why don't men rush to change their names?
 
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Column: Most teens can't tell fake from real news

Column: Most teens can't tell fake from real news | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
In the age of so-called fake news, students would benefit by learning the strategies fact-checkers use to evaluate online information.
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Speed and sharing are changing the nature of news

Speed and sharing are changing the nature of news | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
On Friday, Waleed Aly presented the Andrew Olle Media Lecture, which is held in honour of one of the ABC's iconic broadcasters.
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Waleed Aly does it again.
 
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The case for plagiarism, from a celebrated poet who has made a career out of it

The case for plagiarism, from a celebrated poet who has made a career out of it | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Imagine Melania Trump getting up on stage at the Republican National Convention and robotically performing Michelle Obama’s speech word-for-word and action-for-action, in its entirety, without breaking character. Picture her rehearsing for weeks for the performance of her life, getting every hand gesture, facial tick, and vocal intonation just right. It would’ve been the mos
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The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
A major news organisation has shown an extraordinary lapse in judgment by exploiting a mother's pain and taking part in a serious crime, writes Ruby Hamad.
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Welcome to the world of hipster sexism

Welcome to the world of hipster sexism | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Under the umbrella of "self-aware sexism", this is the use of mockery, irony or satire to say, "Look, we're in the post-feminist era, so it'

Under the umbrella of "self-aware sexism", this is the use of mockery, irony or satire to say, "Look, we're in the post-feminist era, so it'

 
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Who is Elena Ferrante? Novelist issues denial as guessing game goes on

Who is Elena Ferrante? Novelist issues denial as guessing game goes on | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it

Marcella Marmo is latest to deny being real author of acclaimed Neapolitan novels series

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Is the author important? It would appear so.
 
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Vale Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher, best-selling author and man of many talents

Vale Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher, best-selling author and man of many talents | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco, best known for his 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, has died aged 84.
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And so one of our gurus has left.

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Elsa from Frozen could be a lesbian? Cue the outrage | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian

Elsa from Frozen could be a lesbian? Cue the outrage | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Outrage is an infinitely renewable resource and everyone is mad about everything all the time. Here is a guide to the indignities of the week
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Why do we still love the 'cosy crime' of Agatha Christie?

Why do we still love the 'cosy crime' of Agatha Christie? | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Everyone knows Agatha Christie, or at least, we think we do. If we haven’t perhaps read as much of the output of the archetypal British mystery writer as we should have done, we’re familiar with her work through the dozens of screen adaptations of her timeless whodunnits.
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cosy crime always a winner for some.
 
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My Weak One: Their identities denied, Afghan women ask 'where is my name?'

My Weak One: Their identities denied, Afghan women ask 'where is my name?' | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
In a culture where women are often referred to as My Weak One, Milk-sharer or Aunt, a social media campaign is getting mixed reactions.
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What does your name mean to you? Is it just a # or an @.
 
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‘Nature is your lover, not your mother’: meet ecosexual pioneer Annie Sprinkle

‘Nature is your lover, not your mother’: meet ecosexual pioneer Annie Sprinkle | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
The porn star-turned-sex educator is at the vanguard of a new queer movement combining sex and ecology that is all about being at one with the Earth
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Fictional characters make 'experiential crossings' into real life, study finds

Fictional characters make 'experiential crossings' into real life, study finds | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
A fifth of readers report characters from novels cropping up in their daily lives, hearing their voices even after putting books aside
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Column: Most teens can't tell fake from real news

Column: Most teens can't tell fake from real news | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
In the age of so-called fake news, students would benefit by learning the strategies fact-checkers use to evaluate online information.
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Looking through a Marxist lens (and why class is the new black) | Peter Lewis

Looking through a Marxist lens (and why class is the new black) | Peter Lewis | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Most of us see ourselves as being middle class but no one sees a party dedicated to their interests. This is why class analysis is the best way forward
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A cycle of violence: when a woman’s murder is called ‘understandable’

A cycle of violence: when a woman’s murder is called ‘understandable’ | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Lance Hart killed his wife, but reports implied guilt on her part. Couching male violence against women in terms that absolves the perpetrator of responsibility reinforces a culture that doesn’t value female lives
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Shows the importance of language
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Grayson Perry: ‘Boys think they’re breaking the man contract if they cry’

Grayson Perry: ‘Boys think they’re breaking the man contract if they cry’ | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
What does it mean to be a man in a world where gender distinctions are blurring? If anyone can work it out, it might be the dress-wearing, Turner prize-winning artist
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Masculinities is popular culture
 
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What it means to identify as non-binary

What it means to identify as non-binary | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Identifying as non-binary is not the same as gender fluid or transgender.

Identifying as non-binary is not the same as gender fluid or transgender.

 
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We have transgender, gender fluid and now non-binary.
 
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The Novel as a Tool for Survival

The Novel as a Tool for Survival | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
It helps us grapple with the evolution of our consciousness.

It helps us grapple with the evolution of our consciousness.

 
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What does literature do? What is its function?
 
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‘Take it down!’: Rhodes Must Fall campaign marches through Oxford

‘Take it down!’: Rhodes Must Fall campaign marches through Oxford | 12engextnewscull | Scoop.it
Anti-colonialism campaigners create ‘alternative walking tour’ to highlight university’s legacy of imperialist donors
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A way to look at the world without the rose coloured glasses. Question where the financial benefits come from.
 
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