1. Cultural Studies: Addendum to “The Crypts of Criticism”

    17:43 by Nuria

    Since I published in Spanish The Crypts of Criticism. Twenty Readings of the “Odyssey” in 2008, there have been many developments in Literary Theory. In these fifteen years, Cultural Studies have expanded a lot. The new trends are increasingly political and social. So much so that they often go to the detriment of literature. It wouldn’t have to be like that. If the literature researcher does not set it aside and acts as a writer and as a philologist, the interrelationships can be welcome. Any investigation can be interesting, if it deepens and focuses on words, intelligence and fiction. When the student analyzes a cultural phenomenon superficially and tries to give an opinion like an amateur journalist or like a sociologist without any training, the result is very poor and says nothing that we did not know before.

    In The Crypts of Criticism, I considere that the Literary Studies of the 21st century walk towards the critique of the System (Queer Theory, Postcolonial, Institutional critique); the dissolution of borders (races, genders, the real & the virtual; the journey); the defense of the marginalized and the secondary; The most respected idea is interrelationship. Globalization has many supporters, but it also has detractors since it threatens minorities.

    Although the main lines that I’ve described in 2008 have been keeped, I think it may be useful for the reader to update its contents and order them according to this scheme, since the diversity of fields of work is enormous.

    Now it would be my turn to illustrate each tendency of this scheme with a commentary on the Odyssey as I do in the rest of the chapters of The Crypts of Criticism in order you can better see what it is about. However, this time I leave it to you to put these new 21st century approaches into practice.



  2. Against Kindle

    15:37 by Nuria





    I do not want to cry because books are still alive and so are we. In the nineteenth century the cultural fear was that the newspapers would be the end of books. Something that did not happen. Or that phonographs would replace the paper books with talking books. As we know, however, this has not succeeded, the paper printouts are preferred rather than audiobooks. So I will sing the books’s excellences; and to declare war on e-books, beginning with the Kindle. (more…)

  3. Apparatgeist: the mobile addiction

    15:41 by Nuria

  4. Mobile lovers: Tatiana and Oneguin reloaded

    18:18 by Nuria

  5. Mise en abyme

    17:29 by Nuria

  6. Perejaume: Turns and Returns of Art and Nation

    12:13 by Nuria

  7. An uncomfortable dress: Thomas Bernhard says no to power

    15:36 by gate3freel

  8. Without Punctuation

    16:14 by gate3freel

  9. Erarta: the new russian avant-garde

    19:29 by Nuria

  10. The great pleasure of Hermitage

    19:29 by Nuria