Category: Literature

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?


3 March, 2014

Laura Ludtke

Reading Reading Victiorian Deafness

Laura Ludtke considers how deafness in the nineteenth-century challenged received ideas about language.


Edward Still

The Resonance of the Excavated Self

Edward Still discovers the blending of the mythical and the tangible in Cynan Jones's new novel The Dig


Michael Easson

Burke’s Great Melody Against It

Michael Easson finds Edmund Burke miscast as a conservative in Jesse Norman's new biography.


27 February, 2014

Michael Easson

Joseph Roth On the End of the World



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.


Jennifer Rushworth

Roger McGough Coughs Up Another Collection

Jennifer Ruthworth discovers an irresistible, glittering charm in Roger McGough's latest collection of poetry, As Far As I know.