Year: 2009

Author: Lucinda Lawrence

Type: Undergraduate coursework, University of Exeter, UK.

Availability: in full below (click image to download and read in a mirror).

Page reference: Lawrence, L. (2009) Mirror. ( last accessed <insert date here>)

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This coursework was handed in with a mirror. Written in red lipstick on its surface was a quotation: ‘If you fall, no one’s gonna carry you out (Rubin Age 13)’ (quoting Cook 2007, p.2).


… This works on every level. I read it backwards and it was fantastic. This really worked as a way to get your reader wrapped up in your story, despite this being one of the most difficult case studies anyone has chosen. … Vivid and interesting. The detective work was great but the connections a little shaky.  … A treat to read. Vivid, quirky, imaginative and interesting. (Source: Ian Cook’s marker comments).

Like a piece of conceptual art (Source: an audience member responding to Cook et al 2009)


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Edited and posted by Ian Cook (last updated July 2011). Page created as coursework for the ‘Geographies of material culture’ module at Exeter University. Reproduced with kind permission of the author.