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Vienna Lit Reading Group

15.01.2007 an der FB Anglistik und Amerikanistik

The next Vienna Lit Reading Group will meet in the English and American Studies Library Monday 15th January 6.15pm. We will discuss poetry for the first time: The World's Wife by Carol Ann Duffy.

"Carol Ann Duffy's zestful rewriting of myth, fairy tale and history features the hitherto unheard voices of the wives of great men. ... a delightfully subversive piece of mischief-making."

Eileen Atkins, London Review of Books


"Don't buy Carol Ann Duffy, The World's Wife. If you get it as a gift, shoot the giver, take it back and burn down the book store. What she writes can often be extreme and insulting. In almost all of her poems she assumes the worst of men, portraying possibly the most horrible of stereotypes. Her poems are often frankly disgusting, including various referneces to bestiality and only a single reference to sex as something other than a traumatic experience..."

Daedra66, www.reviewcentre.com

New to the Vienna Lit reading group? Everybody is welcome. One Monday a month we get together in the English and American Studies Library at Vienna University to discuss some contemporary text.

Preview for February: Tuesday 27th February, 6:45 p.m.: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka.

Previously discussed books:


  • Zadie Smith: On Beauty

  • John Updike: Terrorist

  • Ali Smith: The Accidental

  • Mitch Albom: Tuesdays with Morrie

  • Mitch Albom: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

  • Nick Hornby: A Long Way Down

  • Lionel Shriver: We Need To Talk About Kevin

  • Kate Fox: Watching the English

  • Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go

  • Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus

  • Ian McEwan: Saturday

  • Jasper Fforde: The Eyre Affair

  • Andrea Levy: Small Island

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