Wanders: M.R. James’ Grave

On a rather muddled day in early autumn, I decided to visit M.R. James.  In recent years, I've become interested in the places that James frequented, usually because they have had clear and profound effects upon his ghost stories.  Visiting them with a sense of curiosity seems to invert the man's clichés back upon him; … Continue reading Wanders: M.R. James’ Grave

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Wandering Through – Robert Walser’s A Little Ramble (1914)

I savour Robert Walser's fragmentary work.  Though I've read several volumes of his collected sketches, I've yet to read any of his full length novels.  I have some trepidation about them, almost definitely unfounded, in that it is the formal qualities of such short snippets that draws me into his optimistic depression, his meandering playfulness … Continue reading Wandering Through – Robert Walser’s A Little Ramble (1914)

Responses: Eileen Agar’s Butterfly Bride (1938)

"Once upon a time, I, Zhuangzi, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly.  I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhuangzi." Looking at Eileen Agar's Butterfly Bride (1938) is to look into the dreams of insects.  Or perhaps these … Continue reading Responses: Eileen Agar’s Butterfly Bride (1938)

Interview: Grant Gee + James Leyland Kirby (The Caretaker) on W.G. Sebald + Hauntology

For a recent symposium on Hauntology, I gave a paper on the links between the philosophy of hauntological ideas with the work and W.G. Sebald.  The subject had been interesting me for a while, not least because the jump between the style of the former and the thematic ideas of the latter are the amalgamation … Continue reading Interview: Grant Gee + James Leyland Kirby (The Caretaker) on W.G. Sebald + Hauntology