Category: Essays

2 March, 2015

Sanders Bernstein

Smudging the Sunset

Sanders Bernstein counts the cost of Meghan Daum's crusade against sentimentality

Kanta Dihal

Must Everything Really Die?

Kanta Dihal enjoys an anthology of bad ideas

13 October, 2014

Gabriel Roberts

Whose Values? Which Justification?

Gabriel Roberts challenges us to think about the humanities in terms of the amount and explicitness of disagreement which they can tolerate about matters of value.

19 June, 2014

Rosie Lavan

To Hell With Culture

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.