Anticipating a new production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at New York City’s Lincoln Center, Colm Tóibín shares his observations on the iconic play.
In honour Hugh Haughton on his birthday, the Department of English and Related Literature, the University of York is hosting a poetic and scholarly “cerebration”. We commence on Friday 8 June with an evening of poetry, featuring readings by:
Gerald Dawe · Kit Fan · Bernard O’Donoghue · Caitríona O’Reilly · Peter Robinson (more…)
Today marks International Women’s Day, which has commemorated the struggle for women’s civil rights throughout the twentieth century. The day was originally known as International Working Women’s Day, and for most of its history has been connected with socialist movements and communist states such as China and Soviet Russia. In the mid-1970s, during the height of Second Wave Feminism, the UN recognised International Women’s Day and invited its member states to do the same.
Reads for IWD 2018
- Object Women: A History of Women in Photography: A new digital project exploring the representation of women in photography launched on Instagram today
- The Influence of Taoism in the Writing of Ursula K. Le Guin: Tracing religious and philosophical influences in the work of the American SF/Fantasy author
- Margaret Atwood: “Science fiction is really about now”
- Kim Rae Taylor on the Women of Modernism
- Tove Jansson Retrospective at Dulwich Picture Gallery
- Celebrating the Life and Work of Photographer Robin Holland, 1957-2018
- Carson McCullers’s Last Visit to Ireland
- Zadie Smith Answers Questions from Fans: “Zadie Smith has been a vital literary voice since her first novel, White Teeth, became an instant bestseller. [In The Observer,] she answers questions from famous fans, including Teju Cole, Philip Pullman and Sharmaine Lovegrove, and a selection of our readers”
- Virginia Woolf’s Personal Photo Album: Now freely available to browse online
- Celebrating the Rise of Superwomen: Carolyn Cocca discusses how women superheroes are changing the we way think about contemporary femininity
- A Visit to Doll Hospital: Bethany Rose Lamont on a print journal that discusses mental health issues through art and literature
- Lauren Elkin on her book, Flâneuse: Lauren Elkin on the politics of women walking in the city, and the pioneering writers who influenced her
- Alice Munro: Master of the Contemporary Short Story: Robert Thacker discusses the life and work of the Canadian Nobel laureate
- Women Writers at the Movies: Lisa Stead discusses the influence of cinema on a generation of interwar women writers
- International Women’s Day 2017: Celebrate International Women’s Day with a host of interviews and articles across literature, film, and art
Object Women will feature images from across the history of photography, from the beginning of the medium in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. New images will be released on weekdays over a two-month period, and each image will be accompanied by a brief written reflection by Cardiff University academic Alix Beeston.
The project draws on the extensive photographic holdings of the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, the world’s oldest museum dedicated to photography. Its focus is dispersed and idiosyncratic, taking in both the artistic and commercial uses of photography, as well as a wide range of technological and aesthetic forms and traditions. (more…)
How did you first encounter J. M. Coetzee, and what was it that sparked the idea for co-organising a conference on Coetzee & the Archive?
Like many Coetzee readers my first encounter was with the novel Disgrace. I was studying for a Masters at UCL and Disgrace was a core text on the year-long module covering modern English literature from the late nineteenth-century. It was immediately obvious why the novel was the on course, not least from the mixed reactions it provoked. Indeed, it was the only text we covered that year to garner opprobrium from some students in class. It’s a difficult read, the opening scenes that feature a licentious older man preying on one of his students, followed by the rape of his own daughter, test a reader’s mettle. But, it seemed to me at the time and still does, the open hostility the novel received required that one either ignore or abnegate a great deal of the responsibility the text places on the reader: the demand to respond to the ethical issues posed in the work beyond the staid and inherited conventions of moral outrage; to respond to the subtlety of a complex narrative voice that constitutes one of the best ever representations of complicity in the literary tradition, of the complicity of a liberal and educated conscience in crisis. Disgrace broaches the difficult terrain between both redemption and salvation, neither of which will fully serve since both partake of a certain violence or act of exclusion that would appear to tarnish the self-righteous anger of the oppressed as much as the villainy of the oppressor. If readers nevertheless insist that the novel is irresponsible it is therefore irresponsible, I would add, in the sense of informing us that it is perhaps never possible to be responsible enough, that responsibility is always lacking. Given its slender size the above, plus the intricate folds of literary and theological allusions, and the critique of the rationalizing project of secular modernity, makes for quite a novel! (more…)