Category: Essays

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.


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 February, 2014

Leo Mercer

Poetweet: On the Prospects of Twitter for Poetry

An essay by the Oxford-based poet Leo Mercer on how poetry can take to Twitter through the new form the poetweet.


24 June, 2013

Stephanie Yorke

Your Boomerang Won’t Come Back

Stephanie Yorke comes face to face with an advert that underwrites economic inequality with family values.


27 May, 2013

Matthew Western

Harder Than You Think

To read popular music as social discourse first we must hear it on its own terms, says Matthew Western (feat. Public Enemy).


4 February, 2013

Jared Spier

Lance Armstrong Still Hasn’t Come Clean

After decades of deception, Jared Spier explains why fans of cycling and of clean sport deserve more.


31 January, 2013

Gabriel Roberts

Grammar Gripes



21 January, 2013

David Shook

The Prophet of Rebola: In Memoriam Bosquete POP

David Shook remembers Equatorial Guinea, and the artist Bosquete POP.