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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.

Encyclopedia salesman on vacation

am using LibreOffice 3.3.0.4 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 http://www.explosm.net/comics/2281/) 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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Freedom of speech has a number and it’s http://88.80.13.160

Busy as I am at the approaching end of term, nothing could hold me away from spending 2 or 3 hours every morning reading freshly released cable dumps. Say what you will, I am all for the Assange crew. Change … Continue reading

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Three Jeremiads, by Robert Darnton

A most profound piece by Robert Darnton has just been published by the New York Review of Books. In a not-too-long article Darnton, as the Harvard University Library Director, makes a strong case for open access publishing, given that exorbitant … Continue reading

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Renaissance and Reformation journal

Just discovered that Renaissance and Reformation journal, published by Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, provides permanent free access to its archives from the first issue in 1964 to 2005 (i.e. a 5-year moving wall).  I think this is a very … Continue reading

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the Yukos scam

Today I received a spam advance-fee fraud letter usually associated with an African country. Well, nothing of note, as I  get dozens of suchlike offers every week at my Gmail account. This time, however, it was signed “Nikolay Sintsov” and … Continue reading

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