Out of the box

I feel like I’m running in two directions. There was a mail in my inbox from Mythlore magazine, and they are considering publishing my article on Pratchett and Tolkien – in 4 to 6 months, I should know more.

And almost at the same time, I have sent off my thesis summary to my professors with the feeling that there is either a horrible typo somewhere or that I should have written even more (but 9 pages ought to be enough, right?).

Not-so-busy times, confusing times. But still good times.

Yes. Time for my midnight tweet, and then off to bed.


On the lines

Off to theatre camp tomorrow. With me I am taking:

– An obscure book to review (google Arno Schmidt if you want to know more)

– An essay to give the final edge to

– A PhD rewriting to summarise

– A lesson for next Tuesday to prepare

– William Beckford’s Vathek to read for another essay

And of course my script and everything else I need to survive for this long coming weekend. I might send updates now and then (we do have internet even though we’re out in the country near somewhere called Lützelflüh), but only sporadically so if at all. In the worst case, you’ll hear from me next week! Check out my twitter account if you’d like to read some of my more obscure writings: https://twitter.com/TheCityofNames

Have a great rest of the week!

Quoted by myself

Looks like I have gained two followers on Tumblr while I have lost two on Twitter. Welcome!

In any case, I have begun preparing my conference presentation and feel like I’m cheating on and with myself – basically, I am taking the best bits of my essay and garnishing them with powerpoint slides. For those who are interested, here is the abstract, which I might have posted before due to academic amnesia:

More than just a set of parodies, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels are a continuing examination of the nature of fantasy fiction. The development of the Discworld from a mere background to a fully-fledged secondary world both reflects and challenges the Tolkienian ideal of sub-creation. Pratchett does not simply parody the genre in the vein of Bored of the Rings or Barry Trotter but takes inspiration from fantasy and its roots as well as other strands of literature to turn them into an amalgam of his own creation. In doing so, he questions the clichés and established tropes of the genre and fiction in general, be it by casting secondary characters as main protagonists or by exploring Tolkien’s influence from unusual perspectives. Beneath the prevalent jokes and puns that make up a Discworld novel lies a serious debate about genre, reader expectations and human nature. As a “world and mirror of worlds”, the Discworld continues to shed new light on topics ranging from magic and power to literary theory and narratology.

I have entered my essay for the best student paper competition at Mythcon, so keep your fingers crossed! And do you have any ideas for an easy fantasy-themed costume? Apparently there is going to be a why-not-dress-yourself-up-as-an-Uruk-hai party one night…

Watch your step

This is not exactly off-topic but relates to my thesis only marginally. If you’d like to read bits and pieces of my non-academic writings, have a look at the following links:



I have just set up the Twitter account and plan to tweet there what I can’t post on the blog. And vice versa.

If it reads fragmented and slightly confusing, this is deliberate. The City of Names has a very healthy resistance to maps.