Special Issue: Satire

31 March, 2014

Ian Reilly

“Our laughter may yet have a future”

Ian Reilly on the promise of researching, writing, and teaching contemporary humour and laughter.


Clare Bucknell

Satire: What’s the Point

Clare Bucknell explores the unsteady relationship of satire to itself in the English eighteenth century.


Jennifer Thorp

Satire and the Illustration

The Musée d'Orsay's exhibition of works by Gustave Doré reveals the artist's neglected, but prodigious cartoons.


Joe Hone

Satire Reconstituted

Joe Hone challenge's the status of the eighteenth century as the locus classicus of English literary satire.


Paula Byrne

Jane Austen and Satire

Jane Austen has been endlessly re-imagined, but can any of the prequels, sequels, or updates do justice to her comic élan?


17 March, 2014

Paul Sagar

Life as a Humanistic Discipline

The essays and reviews of the philosopher Bernard Williams reveal what can be achieved in a lifetime devoted to learning.


Dominic Davies

Writing an Imperial(ist) History

John Darwin's Unfinished Empire provides a sweeping history of the subject, but is uncritical about its own theoretical foundations.


Philippe-Andre Rodriguez

Racism Is Inherently Plural

Francisco Bethencourt's Racismschallenges the traditional historiography of racism as a distinctively modern phenomenon.


Tom Cutterham

It’s the Political Economy, Stupid!

Benjamin Kunkel's Utopia or Bust reflects a current trend towards pragmatic engagement by the radical left wing.


Gabriel Roberts

Why History, Exactly?

Anthony Pagden's The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters inadvertently exemplifies the difficulties of making history relevant today.