Lydia Gore-Jones

I'm an academic, and a lover of literature.

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    Can the Artificial Be Art?

    Artificial Intelligence has already caused changes in the way we conduct our lives. Will it change the way we make and perceive art? It has been predicted, for example, that AI will replace many jobs in the film industry. AI has been used in many types of writing and "artwork" already: legal and business documents, advertising, students’ assignments …
    What is your definition of art? Can something created by AI be called art? How would AI affect the creation and appreciation of the arts, especially visual and verbal arts? Would anyone want to explore this topic, philosophically and prophetically?

    • Can't wait to write about this. I have thoughts. – Sunni Ago 3 months ago
    • The thing about AI art, from my perspective, is that a lot of it is very boilerplate. An AI program can write a story or draw a picture if given a prompt, but there will always be something about it that marks it as computer-generated. I know that, in my experience, if I'm reading an essay that was written partly using AI, I can immediately tell where the AI sections begin and end. This is why I'm skeptical of AI's ability to ever truly replace human creativity. The more rote and repetitive stuff, on the other hand, I can see AI taking over (which I know from experience has many of my programmer friends worried). – Debs 4 weeks ago
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    Alice Munro - her mastery of the short story genre

    Any Alice Munro fans out there? It is due time to honour her memory with an article on her mastery of the short story genre. Your article could focus on one aspect of her story telling. For example:

    Her narrative techniques.
    The Nobel Prize committee characterised her writing thus: "A brief short story can often cover decades, summarising a life, as she moves deftly between different periods. No wonder Alice Munro is often able to say more in 30 pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in 300. She is a virtuoso of the elliptical and … the master of the contemporary short story."
    What techniques does she use to create scope, depth and complexity in a short space of 30 pages?

    Her characters.
    To quote the Nobel Prize presentation speech again, "Munro writes about what are usually called ordinary people, but her intelligence, compassion and astonishing power of perception enable her to give their lives a remarkable dignity – indeed redemption – since she shows how much of the extraordinary can fit into that jam-packed emptiness called The Ordinary."
    In particular, Munro writes about women and family relationships. What kinds of female characters end up in her stories? What do they have in common? What about her characters that leaves an impression on the reader?

    Her favourite themes.
    Are there certain major themes that emerge across the large number of her stories? What are they? Did her treatment of the themes change over the decades of her career and did they reflect changes and transformations of Canadian society?

    You could do a thematic or character study across the corpus of her works, or offer a literary analysis of one or two particular stories.

    • Unfortunately, her knowledge of the abuse her daughter suffered at the hands of her step-father may recontexualize some of her works that may be important to consider. A link to an article about the abuse: – Siothrún 2 weeks ago

    17th century poetry - the Metaphysicals

    The Metaphysicals refer to a loose collective of poets such as John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, Abraham Cowley, Richard Crashaw and Henry Vaughan, who represent some of the highest achievements of the 17th-century English literature. A most conspicuous feature of their style can be described as using images concrete and tangible, richly appealing to human senses and emotions. The label, “Metaphysical,” was attached to them by later generations. “Metaphysical,” as a style label, refers to the so-called “figures of thought” marked by the use of conceits, witticism and paradoxes. But the term still fails to capture the ‘physical’ side of the Metaphysicals – that is, the corporeality, even fleshiness, in their using concrete images and metaphors on the one hand, and expressing sensational feelings and emotions on the other. How, then, do the ‘physical’ and the ‘metaphysical’ meet in 17th century Renaissance poetry? What makes the Metaphysicals ‘metaphysical’? This topic can be explored either by studies of common characteristics of these poets’ works or by close criticism of individual poets.

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      That’s a lovely image, “burnished into a soft, many-sided glow”. 🙂

      To the Lighthouse and Virginia Woolf's Rebellion against the Traditional Novel

      Thank you kindly!

      To the Lighthouse and Virginia Woolf's Rebellion against the Traditional Novel

      This is lovely writing! … although I haven’t seen any of these films. I can’t help but think that the theme of your article brought to surface a deep human instinct— the association of banishment and exile, forced or self afflicted, with transgression, pain and death. They are almost synonymous.

      "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" and the nature of Death

      Yes, they are all modernists, difficult but satisfying reads.😀

      To the Lighthouse and Virginia Woolf's Rebellion against the Traditional Novel

      I certainly agree!

      To the Lighthouse and Virginia Woolf's Rebellion against the Traditional Novel

      Point taken 😀
      But to be fair, the mystery genre is almost by definition strong on plot and weak on characters – except the detective of course; and ATTWN has broken even that rule by having no detective!

      And Then There Were None: Agatha Christie and Her Deconstruction of the Mystery Genre

      Yes, I’m glad you think so too. The ways she manipulates the genre to become its master are fascinating.

      And Then There Were None: Agatha Christie and Her Deconstruction of the Mystery Genre

      😊 You are so kind – thank you for your helpful feedback!

      And Then There Were None: Agatha Christie and Her Deconstruction of the Mystery Genre