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  • 4 Apr 2024
    Jonathan Berliner

    Faulkner’s Material Texts

    William Faulkner at his home in Oxford, Mississippi, ca. 1932 In 2016, a handmade booklet of drawings and poems turned up on an episode of Antiques Roadshow from Little Rock, Arkansas. The man who owned the piece described it as “a book of poems by William Faulkner,” and appraiser Ian Ehling, now Director of Fine […]

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  • 28 Mar 2024
    Michael Borshuk

    Jazz: That Fantastic Mix

    In late 2022, BMW began manufacturing their new hybrid SUV, the XM. The German automaker had unveiled the vehicle in concept form a year earlier—at an Art Basel event they sponsored in Miami Beach, Florida. Promoting the forthcoming release of a “product unlike anything [BMW had] ever produced,” the company paired the vehicle’s premiere with […]

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  • 28 Mar 2024
    David Wiles

    Democracy, Theatre and Performance

    We all know that democracy is in trouble.  We are less sure what to blame. Political donations and invisible algorithms? The rise of a culture of personal rights replacing a culture of community? Or from the opposite perspective, the rise of a thing called ‘populism’. In Democracy, Theatre and Performance I look at a political […]

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  • 14 Dec 2023
    Logan J. Connors

    Theater, War, and Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France and Its Empire

    What can theater teach us about war? How did war influence theatrical practices in eighteenth-century France and its empire? What do military-theatrical projects reveal about the scope and goals of art during the Age of Revolutions? These are some of the questions that I seek to answer in my new book, Theater, War, and Revolution […]

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  • 13 Dec 2023
    Alan Manford

    Life’s Little Ironies

    This illustration appeared at the start of the serialisation of Thomas Hardy’s “A Few Crusted Characters” (then called “Wessex Folk”); afterwards collected into the volume of Life’s Little Ironies.  It shows a main street in Dorchester (Hardy’s Casterbridge) and gives an impression of the life of its people.  Using words, Hardy does something similar, but […]

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  • 8 Dec 2023
    Jennifer A. Lorden

    The Complicated Feelings of Early English Writing

    The Middle Ages is a story modernity tells about itself. Ideas of rebirth, or of an “enlightened” modern age, or of a supposed rejection of primitive superstition in favor of rational thinking, often depend on the idea of a cruder past that a more glorious present can be contrasted against—and often overstate the achievements of […]

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  • 5 Dec 2023
    AMY LIDSTER

    Wartime Shakespeare

    What comes to mind if you think about the use of Shakespeare during wartime? Perhaps it is Laurence Olivier’s famous 1944 cinematic adaptation of Henry V, prominently dedicated to the troops of Great Britain. But what is often overlooked is just how embedded Shakespeare has been in wartime culture, in Britain and globally, since at […]

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  • 23 Nov 2023
    Philip Smallwood

    Criteria of the Heart: Dr. Johnson at the Travelodge

    In the summer of 1968 at the age of eighteen, I received my undergraduate first year reading list from my tutor at Lincoln College. Johnson’s Lives of the Poets, the little two-volume hardback World’s Classics edition now out of print, instantly drew my eye. My Cheshire town had no bookshop, but a branch of W.H. […]

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