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‘Autogeography’ by Reginald Harris

‘Autogeography’ by Reginald Harris | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
The title of Reginald Harris’ deeply felt debut collection of poems, Autogeography (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize), is happily deceptive, a play on autoerotica (or autoerogoneous).
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Another use for literature: ability to understand others, a precursor of empathy

Another use for literature:  ability to understand others, a precursor of empathy | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it

Theory of mind' researchers find that reading serious fiction boosts one's ability to understand others, a precursor of empathy.

 

One thing that interests psychologists is the extent to which developing theory of mind is a precursor to the capacity for empathy. They are also looking at the way in which people with autism and sociopaths develop these abilities — or don't. And primatologists have demonstrated some of the rudiments of theory of mind in other apes.

Now, research by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano of the New School for Social Research, published in the journal Science, suggests that reading literature improves these intuitive abilities. But not just any literature. Literature with a capital "L."




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Boris Buden: Translating Beyond Europe | eipcp.net

So, the issue at stake here is not a political meaning of linguistic translation, but rather the political logic of a particular understanding of linguistic translation, concretely, the political logic of the homolingual address that is—peformatively!— implied in this understanding of translation, for we mustn’t forget: a mode of address always has constitutive effects on both its subjects and its objects.

 

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Applied to the practices of translation as they are performed and conceptualized in today’s Europe, this means the following: Far from modestly but steadily contributing to a growing integration of a politically united Europe, translation often does the opposite. It draws the boundary lines, both within the EU and at its outer fringes, upon which it ideologically filters all sorts of political and cultural contents, creating and purifying the so-called Europeanness; it governs over the processes of enlargement by enclosing the European political edifice as a space of a homogeneous, transparent, contemporary, “good” interiority and at the same time does the dirty job of exclusions, constantly recreating Europe’s “bad,” i.e., obscure, incomprehensible, belated exteriority that is all too different to integrate; finally, it makes an open, conflictual, contradictory, unpredictable, in short, political challenge appear as already historically accomplished and its role in it as intrinsically positive and innocent.

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Students in Nova Scotia win contest by reading 58,000 books

Students in Nova Scotia win contest by reading 58,000 books | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
First aired on Halifax's Information Morning (05/06/13)
The Adopt-a-Library program's "WOW Reading Challenge" started out as a simple contest -- read as many books as possible.
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First Ever Trans and Genderqueer Poetry Symposium

First Ever Trans and Genderqueer Poetry Symposium | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
Sitting in a circle of chairs and couches surrounding a hodgepodge of rugs, a kind hopeful anxiety permeated the space as TC Tolbert, feminist poet and teacher, welcomed participants to the first ever Trans and Genderqueer Poetry Symposium, held...
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‘The Right Place to Jump’ by Peter Covino

‘The Right Place to Jump’ by Peter Covino | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
In “Broken Kingdom,” a poem from Peter Covino’s collection of poems, The Right Place to Jump, Covino ends with the phrase “And all this inconvenient/ Misdirected panic.” Panic, indeed seems to haunt this collection, which restlessly covers a range...
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Yoruba African Orishas

Yoruba African Orishas | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
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Orishas are the Yoruba gods of practically evreything. There is one for almost every situation or state of being that you can think of, from the obscure to the famous…or infamous.
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A voice for his country - The Australian

A voice for his country - The Australian | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
A voice for his country
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One of Scott's ambitions is to inspire a new form of indigenous Australian literature by helping to breathe new life into Noongar language, mother tongue of the southwest peoples of Western Australia.
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New Queer Cinema by B. Ruby Rich and Three Other Books on Gay Film

New Queer Cinema by B. Ruby Rich and Three Other Books on Gay Film | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
Recently published, B. Ruby Rich's New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut inspired John Waters to say "I thought I knew a lot about gay movie history until I read New Queer Cinema and realized what a dunce I was.
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Read More Than Each Other: Books Every Black Gay Man Should Read

Read More Than Each Other: Books Every Black Gay Man Should Read | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
This week Mused released a list of  must-read literature reflecting the experiences of black gay men.
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PixelPusher to Make Networked Syphon Displays from LEDs, Easily, in Crowd-funded Project

PixelPusher to Make Networked Syphon Displays from LEDs, Easily, in Crowd-funded Project | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
LEDs are poised to revolutionize displays, but that future isn’t “evenly distributed” yet. And that’s why some emerging projects are so intriguing. Think instant displays, addressable from any computer – including with Syphon.
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Texts in Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn

Texts in Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
At the time of his death in 2001 at the age of 57, the German writer W.G. Sebald was cited by many critics as a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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African Literature Reduced to a Commodity - The Herald

African Literature Reduced to a Commodity - The Herald | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
African Literature Reduced to a Commodity The Herald He has edited "Emerging Perspectives on Chenjerai Hove: Literature, Politics and Culture," "Remembering Marechera," and "State of the Nation: Contemporary Zimbabwean Poetry" and contributed to...
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Where is African literature at today? - New Internationalist (blog)

Where is African literature at today? - New Internationalist (blog) | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
Where is African literature at today? New Internationalist (blog) Whilst Ngugi and Achebe's literary preoccupations could broadly be described as being the varied corruptions of the postcolonial state, writers such as the British-Kenyan-Somali trio...
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How Reading Makes Us More Human

How Reading Makes Us More Human | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
A debate has erupted over whether reading fiction makes human beings more moral. But what if its real value consists in something even more fundamental?
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The Corset X-Rays of Dr Ludovic O’Followell (1908)

The Corset X-Rays of Dr Ludovic O’Followell (1908) | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
X-Ray images of women wearing corsets from the second volume of the French doctor Ludovic O’Followell’s Le Corset (1908).
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The idea of the Internet was born in Belgium

The idea of the Internet was born in Belgium | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it

In 1934, six decades before the birth of the web, a Belgian bibliophile described his vision for té lé photographie, an electronic telescope which could transmit any document in the world to a television screen.

 

Paul Otlet loved libraries. In 1895 he met a kindred spirit, fellow Belgian and future Nobel Prize winner, Henri La Fontaine. Together they conceived The Mundaneum, a comprehensive collection of the world’s published knowledge, equal in ambition to the great Library of Alexandria.

By 1910 they had collected thousands of books, newspapers, photographs, journals, posters and postcards. Otlet called the collection the ré seau, a network of documents connected by links. More than blind signposts, these links described the relationships between documents, an implementation of what we now call the semantic web. As the Mundaneum grew, this degree of annotation became unmanageable.  ...


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Born May 26: Alan Hollinghurst

Born May 26: Alan Hollinghurst | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
Here are the five essential things to know about Alan Hollinghurst, 59 today and still the only openly lgbt person to win the Booker Prize: 1. his first novel The Swimming-Pool Library (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), 2.
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Revaluing Caribbean literature - Stabroek News

Revaluing Caribbean literature - Stabroek News | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
Revaluing Caribbean literature
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Call for Submissions: The Gatewood Prize

Call for Submissions: The Gatewood Prize | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books‘ annual competition for a first or second full-length (48–80 pp.) collection of poems by a woman writing in the English language.
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African Lives: Truth Is Harder Than Fiction

African Lives: Truth Is Harder Than Fiction | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
A steady stream of anthologies has introduced American readers to fresh voices from Africa. But something has been missing. These anthologies have focused almost exclusively on fiction, ignoring a wealth of extraordinary true-life narratives.
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Howard Redux: Jacobson Wins Bollinger Wodehouse Prize Again

Howard Redux: Jacobson Wins Bollinger Wodehouse Prize Again | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
Need a laugh? Booker winner Howard Jacobson has become the first author to twice win the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, the UK's only award for funny literary novels.
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Trinidad and Tobago Newsday reports on EWWC Trinidad ‘A National Literature’ with Marlon James

There can be no doubt there is such a thing as a national literature. And there is certainly a national literature of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Illustrations from a Victorian book on Magic (1897)

Illustrations from a Victorian book on Magic (1897) | Postcolonial literature, LGBTQ literature and other interesting tidbits | Scoop.it
Selected images from a massive late 19th century tome entitled simply Magic, subtitled Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, including Trick Photography, compiled and edited by Albert A. Hopkins.
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