Monthly Archives: March 2014

Representing the Past: The Trouble with Historical Fiction by Ruth Littlewood

In The Guardian this week, Stephanie Merritt asked whether historical fiction has a duty to be factually accurate, arguing that although it should be based upon solid research of the period in question, the writer’s only task is to entertain. … Continue reading

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How The Image Speaks to me, by Alun Thomas

I am in the ‘writing-up’ phase of my PhD, an academic euphemism for the inevitable flurry of activity which follows two years of leisurely indolence. When not pounding absent-mindedly at my keyboard, I spend a lot of time searching for … Continue reading

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French Plays and Days Away: Postgraduate French Students on Tour by Eleanor Hodgson

This year I performed in my sixth French Department play, playing a worryingly type-cast role of ‘old and hysterical woman’ in Marivaux’s Les acteurs de bonne foi. As I approach the end of my eighth year as a student at … Continue reading

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‘Nothing to Lose But Their Chains’: Politics, Identity and the Working Class by Matthew Kerry

Last week the Tories set out their claim to be the party of the workers in what was another attempt at re-branding the ‘nasty party’ before the European elections this spring. The move reinforces their anti-benefits stance, seeking to corner … Continue reading

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