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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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A Literary Theory of Toilets

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Seen on a toilet door in the gents' toilets of my esteemed university - next year's literary theory exam question:

Since writing on toilet walls is done neither for critical acclaim, nor financial rewards, it is the purest form of art. Discuss.


I'm actually rather proud that our institution produces such a high calibre of graffiti artist. Perhaps this could go forward as evidence of our Teaching Quality scores...?

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Posted by Alistair at 6:00 pm

3 Comments:

Blogger Diana Visintini said...

YASEITjajajajajajjjjhohohohohohoh
EXELLENT!
FROMPATAGONIA... I WENT TO YOUR BLOG BECAUSE OF THE NAME.... GRANDE MELLVILLE!

11:13 pm  
Blogger Desi said...

i copied your toilet writing "artwork" and added it to my blog. i hope this is ok, and you appreciate the homage to the intellectual quality of your institution's graffiti artistes. let me know if you'd prefer i take it down.

http://theoreticallyliterary.blogspot.com

10:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey
thank for posting this! i'm sharing it with the rest of my English majors on our Google Groups.

2:11 pm  

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