Posts in Literature
Stefan Zweig: The Journeys of a European

The conditions that led to Zweig’s departure from Vienna and eventually Europe all too closely resemble the current climate. The amalgamation of rising xenophobia, Brexit, the rising popularity of the mildly-labelled “alt-right” in France, The Netherlands, Italy, and particularly in Poland and Hungary, would surely inspire the same feeling of despair in Zweig if he were living today.

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A Novel Soundtrack: Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves

Rachel Malik’s debut novel Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves, shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2018, explores the relationship of the titular characters in a story of hardship, love, and friendship. This playlist curated by the author is an evocative companion to the book, building on its moods and characters.

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LiteratureRachel Malik
Novelising a Song: Samantha Harvey's Dear Thief and Leonard Cohen

Dear Thief is not merely inspired by “Famous Blue Raincoat” – it is not an adaptation or a cover of that one song, but it’s a literary expression of several Leonard Cohen songs that dominate Harvey’s language from time to time but are always there as a thematic undercurrent that carries the entire book.

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Zadie Smith and M. Nourbese Philip: Narratives And Mythologies On Identity, Gender, And Language

Contemporary postcolonial literature is a wide and fruitful field of writing which engages in discourses of cultural identity. Often, these discourses are associated to other themes, such as language and gender. How do Zadie Smith and M. Nourbese Philip, two extraordinary contemporary women writers, position themselves in this field?

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The Author Is Not Dead: Bruno Schulz

It seems that every writer who comes in contact with the stories of Bruno Schulz feels a need to get deeper into the world of Bruno Schulz. We feel an intuitive need to understand the code of him, to decipher, as if his stories were only found fragments that we have to piece together to the best our ability.

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LiteratureAnders Wennesland
Frank-and-time: Truths of Science in Frankenstein and Penny Dreadful

Mary Shelley's monster from Frankenstein has been taken and adapted many times. This time, we focus on the adaption which plays a role in the gothic TV series Penny Dreadful. By comparing the two, what is revealed about the way in which science and humanity relate to each other?

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Identity and Transcendence in William Gibson's​ Neuromancer

William Gibson’s Neuromancer explores transcendence in its depiction of  Case and cyberspace. Case finds his identity in cyberspace, and his desire to transcend his body is rooted in a desire to escape what he deems to be a flesh prison. How does the novel explore the theme of escapism in relation to a desire to transcend the human body?

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How to Get Away with Murder: Moral Nihilism in The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

John Le Carré’s world of Cold War espionage, according to some, depicts a straightforward structure on its surface level: “there were good guys and bad guys and they were easy to spot” (Boyd). How does the depiction of morality and its subjectivity in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold instead paint a picture where the spotting of good guys and bad guys is not so straightforward? 

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LiteratureManou Jonink
The Personal, the Political, and the Academic: Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts

Kneading together memoir, academic writing, and social criticism, Maggie Nelson gives a new meaning to "The personal is political." How does Nelson use her experience to present social issues, and how does Deleuze's perception of phenomenology play a part in this? 

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