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About beggingscholar

I am a scholar of Early Modern English literature and culture, teaching quite a number of English-related subjects at Kazan University, Russia. I am mainly interested in the formation of the Early Modern public sphere, scandals, subversion, non-literary discourses in literature and other forms of destructive creation.

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This one’s about James Shapiro’s recent interview

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cancellation of the past

Just got an email from Amazon with “A new book by Benjamin Franklin” in the Subject field. True,The Art of Virtueis not really a book by Franklin, more like a collection of his various moral pieces, but it’s strange to … Continue reading

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632305222316434 I do not think this is a very good indicator, but in Soviet Russia, figures do have a meaning The election should be annulled

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Just a short note- I’ve received an email a couple of hours ago informing me that the Humble Indie Bundle 3 has been expanded now t0 cover the 5 games from No.2. At the website, after adding to my existing … Continue reading

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furnish them with discourse

All which our ordinary students, right well perceiving in the universities, how unprofitable these poetical, mathematical, and philosophical studies are, how little respected, how few patrons; apply themselves in all haste to those three commodious professions of law, physic, and … Continue reading

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you and whose army?

just a short note for now. I’m spending hours working on my computer with a BBC feed on Libya dripping news into my browser. What I see all the time is the language of exclusion: The man said there would … Continue reading

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you do not exist, or a twisty turny thing

Clearing up the end-of-term backlog of articles, I have just found info on how the WikiLeaks app made by a Russian programmer for the iPhone (what a strange idea, actually) was promptly banned by the corporation of glamor. More of … Continue reading

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Encyclopedia salesman on vacation

am using LibreOffice on my Ubuntu netbook now – and was astonished to see that autocorrection of two capitals at the start of the world has been enabled by default! Together with me finally being able to make Russian … Continue reading

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survive another year

couldn’t resist the temptation (original at happy new let’s just survive the year, everyone! yours, beggingscholler

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Log in to continue reading

The Foreign Affairs magazine has reluctanly joined the recent uproar against WikiLeaks by republishing an article by Monteagle Stearns (an ambassador under Nixon and Reagan, Wikipedia tells us) with a short note prefaced saying, The recent publication of purloined State … Continue reading

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