Dear lovely people,
It is this time of the year again when all students find their way back to school… including me. Because of this I’ve decided not to really stop blogging for now, but simply being less active for the time being.
The reason is very simple: I will always put uni before blogging, so for the time being I want to figure out what I have to do to get through this year.
Don’t worry! I will not abandon you completely. There will just be less posts the next couple of months. You can expect a detailed report from my visit to Canterbury last week, and before you know it there will you tons of study related posts on my blog!
I will try to read a ‘ normal’ book once in a while, just don’t hold it against me when I am unable to do so.
Have you started school yet? If so: was your first day back into the dark place of education as lovely *cough…sarcasm* as mine?
Good luck to you all! We can get through another year! It’ll be over before we know it ^_^
Author: Tracy Barrett
Genre: Short stories/Mythology
Paperback 114 pages, Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on August 1st 2016
The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard is a funny, adventure-filled collection of wonderfully weird “new” Greek myths. This unforgettable collection spins tales of love and loss, hilariously vain superheroes, ancient robots, untrappable giant foxes, men reborn after being torn apart by dragons, and even the world’s first monkeys. A few of these tales may seem familiar at first, but be prepared for the unexpected. Others are wonderfully strange and puzzling. All of them are entertaining. All of them deserve to be better known.
Continue reading “Tracy Barrett: The Song of Orpheus”
Thanks a million Amanda for giving me the opportunity to do this tag! If you haven’t checked out her blog, then click the link and browse around, she’s great 🙂 Since I’ve got some time to kill until midnight (I can determine my own schedule if only I’m fast enough!), and felt like sharing some random stuff about myself, here are my answers to the 50 Questions Tag!
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Hello and welcome to another part of the series about Medieval England.
This time I would like to spend some time on the following subjects:
- Medieval schools
- Mendicant schools
- Monastic schools
- Cathedral schools
- Pecia system
- The 7 liberal arts
As usual I have my tutors to thank for providing a lot of information and a book: The medieval world complete, edited by Robert Barlett. Other sources will be mentioned in the text and if I find a useful website I’ll give you the link.
Continue reading “Medieval England: Language, society and The Canterbury Tales #5”
Fiction as a genre vs Literary Fiction
“The term Fiction is used to differentiate literary prose genres of short-story, novella and novel from drama and poetry” (Mario Klarer; An Introduction to Literary Studies).
However this is not all there is to be said about fiction. Wikipedia tells us that:
“Fiction describes peoples, places, events and/or complete narrative works derived from imagination, in addition to, or rather than, from history or fact.”
But Literary fiction, according to Wikipedia, is something else again:
“They are works that offer deliberate social commentary, political criticism, or focus on the individual to explore some part of the human condition.”
Steven Petite from the Huffingtonpost did a good job however in defining both types of Fiction:
“The main reason for a person to read Genre Fiction is for entertainment, for a riveting story, an escape from reality. Literary Fiction separates itself from Genre because it is not about escaping from reality, instead, it provides a means to better understand the world and delivers real emotional responses.”
For now, in order to ‘define’ fiction, let’s keep it simple: Fiction is often comes from the writer’s imagination and doesn’t, always, come from history or fact. Genre Fiction gives the reader a way to escape reality.
When used in Literary Studies it’s a term to draw the line between the short-story/novella/novel and drama/poetry or: Literary Fiction is a way for readers to ‘see’ the world or particular problem in another light, it is not used to escape reality but to dive even further into it.
But no matter how you look at it. In my opinion the authors of both types of Fiction still need the same things to make a work of prose.
What might be important to know before you continue reading this post: most of the information that I use comes from An Introduction to Literary Studies by Mario Klarer.
This because I need to use this book for my studies and so is the main source of my information about most things Literary.
Continue reading “What is Fiction?”
Even after four centuries had past, the signs of the great battle were still visible upon the earth.
Though the heart of the fight had been elsewhere back then, everything in the high north had changed. Where first woodlands had housed all kind of creatures, now only abandoned valleys, covered in rocks from numerous rockslides, remained.
It was now seen as a small battle that had been fought here. Children were only aware of the carnage near the capital, but never were they taught about the Corcoran War. The fight was only known by its name, though none of the people from Zeleny knew why it was called that.
Continue reading “Prologue and Chapter 1: The festival of Kagiso”