Category Archives: reader response theory

GAY/QUEER HERMENEUTICS. BARRIERS AND TRANSFORMATIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

“hermeneutics are a branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation{eg of texts}” “hermeneutics are a method or theory of interpretation” STRAY THOUGHTS A VERY vexed field, SOLELY because societal homophobia/heterosexism/heteronormativity has MADE it so. Reflects each lgbtq person’s (self) positionality … Continue reading

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ARCHIVING(CONTINUED); RADICAL RANDOMNESS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

When Chris and I archived for the second time, I had the (random) idea to  pick out, randomly- and hopefully serendipitously and pertinently- groups of 5 “naughty” (please read for that: thinking outside the hegemonic/heteronormative box) books, especially books that … Continue reading

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ARCHIVAL PEREGRINATIONS:META AND TANGENTS.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Thanks to Chris Madden, my archivist-in-chief, for catalysing these random musings:) {this is a list} An archive(?),a catalogue(?) a list(?), a marginalia-ised/personalised list(?). A gay man’s (personal) gay/queer book archive or alternative nomenclatures above. Other approximate synonyms: assemblage, constellations (books circling … Continue reading

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THE TANGLED SKEIN OF MEMORY. MY LIFE AND “DAVID COPPERFIELD”. BY STEVEN BENSON.

“When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind…”(“David Copperfield”) Memory is fleeting glimpses of the past(in picture form); memory is, also, elongated and long travails through the past. Dickens deals with both, in “David Copperfield”. Proust … Continue reading

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QUESTIONS TO PONDER ON GAY/QUEER WRITING, AND WRITING IN GENERAL.INFORMED BY ROBERT GLUCK AND NEW NARRATIVE.BY STEVEN BENSON

1. “how to be a theory-based writer and represent myself as a gay man”(Robert Gluck, “Long Note on New Narrative”,); questions with which I, myself, am still struggling; and the first of which could also well relate to cross/multi(therefore queer … Continue reading

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PHENOMENOLOGY: SEBALD,HUSSERL,AHMED, IAN EVERTON, BOY GEORGE /”TRADEMARK”

“Spaces are like a second skin that unfolds in the folds of the body”(Sara Ahmed,”Queer Phenomenology”, 2006, p.9) ……………………………………………………… This is interesting:…..Sebald’s protagonists are often overtly DISorientated are often emmigrants, or in exile, or Jewish, or homosexual, or Jewish AND … Continue reading

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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”. AN EXPLORATION OF “A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY”.PART 4. ESSAY 3:”WHY I GRIEVE I DO NOT KNOW: A MEMENTO OF MORIKE”. BY STEVEN BENSON

“Memento”-Sebald, as ever,concerned with exhuming the reputation and writings of these authors, those very lives and writings which often mirror his own(in style and content). A memento, a rememberance; that is, a reparation; that is, a TRACE from the past … Continue reading

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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”:EXPLORATION OF SEBALD’S SELF-REVELATION AND HIS RECURRING THEMES IN”A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY”.PART 2 :”A COMET IN THE HEAVENS:A PIECE FOR AN ALMANAC IN HONOUR OF JOHANN PETER HEBEL”.BY STEVEN BENSON

Early in this first essay, Sebald writes:”…all this even today constitutes for me a system in which, as once in my childhood, I would still like to imagine that everything is arranged for the best”(pp.12/13): how moving, ,and how simple, … Continue reading

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“SUMMER IN THE {PARTLY LIMINAL} CITY”: STREAM-OF-CONSCIOUSNESS. BY STEVEN BENSON

“Summer in the city”… as the delectable Roddy Frame sung….open city….liminal city(well, this part, Bold Street and Lark lane and Stanley Street anyway; not QUITE Berlin;{ post on Berlin, the ultimate liminal city , to follow}…. Bold Street=queer street, to a … Continue reading

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THE NEW CENTRAL LIBARY LIVERPOOL.IMPRESSIONS,RAMBLINGS, AND MORE LINKS/INTRA-TEXTUALITIES.BY STEVEN BENSON

I got there.. the half new, half-renovated Liverpool Central Libary, rescued from its desuetudinous former incarnation to some slightly uncomfortable in-between land of learning and entertainment; or NO; that is aN unnecessary and un-called for binary/dialectic. That is MY libary … Continue reading

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