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The Gothic Castle: From Literary Trope to Ruin Porn

With the annual tradition of Halloween fast approaching and this month’s theme being Relics, it seemed appropriate to explore the recurring fascination with the Gothic castle and its much-celebrated aesthetic, in both fiction and real life. The use of castles as important elements in storytelling can be found throughout history and range from the medieval… Keep Reading

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Relics

One night of lofty discussions of common interests that those who barely know each other will sometimes engage in at the beginning of their acquaintance; unsure of what tone to strike and unaccustomed to each-others cadences, my interlocutor inquired about my reading habits and I expressed my preference for reading Russian works in Polish translation.… Keep Reading

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Why Tom McCarthy’s “Satin Island” isn’t Kafkaesque

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy is not Kafkaesque as the recent review by Dr. Macon Holt suggests. To illustrate why, the following essay will attempt two things: First, a brief look at what Kafkaesque actually means. The argument here is that Kafka’s literature centers on the (Lacanian) big Other and thus the dictionary definition of the Kafkaesque… Keep Reading

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Yes Dr. Louise Banks, I’m bound by its order

Oh the moments, how they slip through our fingers, seemingly lost to fading memory before we can even claim to have felt them. This month on the Ark Review, we are exploring ephemera; those things so tied to the present that simply cannot come with you into the future. Today, Anne Kristin Kristiansen writes about… Keep Reading

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Leisure, Fiction and the Cultural Theorist

A forerunner of cultural theory, the (not really a) philosopher, (not really a) sociologist and (not really a) musicologist, Theodor Adorno, wrote a fantastically acerbic—that was kind of his thing—essay called Free Time, in which he critiqued the meaninglessness of the notion under capitalism. He basically argues that the free time of late capitalism is… Keep Reading

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Leisure in Ancient Greece with Hannah Arendt

It’s July! Or, as it is known in Denmark, the month where almost literally everybody is on vacation. The city is empty, the streets are quiet and shops, with the exception of ark books, are closed. This month we will be tackling all things leisurely and bookish, with as much patience, time and space as… Keep Reading

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