Monday, 10 April 2017

Thinking about my Critical Reflective Summary, Tutorial on 31st March.

My senior tutor spent some time with me on 31st March, to help to crystallise my thoughts for my critical reflective summary (CRS).  I have waited a couple of weeks to review my notes and allowed some latent learning/digestion to take place.

A number of books were suggested that could be useful for my reading, perhaps not immediately, but certainly, as I draw closer to the major project module after the Easter break.

The books mentioned included:

"In Praise of Shadows" is an essay on Japanese aesthetics by Jun'ichirĊ Tanizaki, the Japanese author and novelist. It was translated into English by Thomas Harper and Edward Seidensticker. Published in 1933, in Japan, the English translation was published in 1977 by Leete's Island Books.

Also by the philosopher John Gray, "Silence of Animals" together with the book "Straw Dogs".  I have subsequently found the Silence of Animals as a Kindle edition and have now purchased a copy.

I may also consider reading "A Company of Wolves" by Angela Carter?  It appears that this is an interesting twist on the original little red riding hood fable.

There is a further useful reference to the post-human discourse by Rosie Braidotti.  The following publications may provide valuable material;


  • Braidotti, R. (1991) Patterns of Dissonance. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Braidotti, R. (1994; 2nd ed. 2011) Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Thought. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Braidotti, R. (2002) Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Braidotti, R. (2006) Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Braidotti, R. (2011) Nomadic Theory: The Portable Rosi Braidotti. New York: Columbia University Press. 


Further sources that are leveraging work around film and perception, particularly the psychoanalytical and the "imaginary signifier" can be gained from the author Christian Metz.

Overall this was a useful tutorial and there is plenty of work and reading for me to undertake during the next few weeks through my holiday period.

I am aiming for approximately 75% of the document to be in written form about the theories, observations and reflections, with around 25% of the document covering my practice.

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