31 March, 2014
Ian Reilly on the promise of researching, writing, and teaching contemporary humour and laughter.
Clare Bucknell explores the unsteady relationship of satire to itself in the English eighteenth century.
The Musée d'Orsay's exhibition of works by Gustave Doré reveals the artist's neglected, but prodigious cartoons.
Joe Hone challenge's the status of the eighteenth century as the locus classicus of English literary 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
The essays and reviews of the philosopher Bernard Williams reveal what can be achieved in a lifetime devoted to learning.
John Darwin's Unfinished Empire provides a sweeping history of the subject, but is uncritical about its own theoretical foundations.
Francisco Bethencourt's Racismschallenges the traditional historiography of racism as a distinctively modern phenomenon.
Benjamin Kunkel's Utopia or Bust reflects a current trend towards pragmatic engagement by the radical left wing.
Anthony Pagden's The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters inadvertently exemplifies the difficulties of making history relevant today.