Author of 'Dickens and Popular Entertainment' and the recent ‘Simply Dickens’... · 2 декабря 2016
I think that's very tricky. His attitudes aren't particularly philosophical, they're not intellectual, they're very much emotional. He is radical in the Victorian sense of radical in that he believes that ordinary people should be allowed to have happy and meaningful lives. He's not... Читать далее
Senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University, where he... · 31 января 2017
This is an interesting question, not least because it simply would not have been asked a hundred years ago. It would have been obvious to most literate people that reading poetry was a worthwhile occupation. Poems and poets were valued: Byron was a bestseller in the Romantic period... Читать далее
Journalism student at City University, published two novels · 26 апреля 2017
First you put just chaotic thoughts and undefined feelings on a sheet of paper. But when you develop a good protagonist and a sophisticated plot, it all starts making sense. Spending time on your own sometimes is necessary for finding the most accurate words. This is a pleasurable... Читать далее
Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at Royal Holloway... · 17 октября 2016
I think there are two reasons: the first is emotional, the second is slightly more cynical.
Shakespeare was writing at a time when the English language was just starting to expand and become as expressive and responsive as Latin, which until then had been the language of so-called high... Читать далее
I am the writer of a book (www.theroyalsecret) published in 2016 on Amazon on... · 22 июля 2017
It does matter to know if the writer of Shakespeare was gay as it gives a better understanding of the writer and his background. What is known about Shakespeare, and very little is including whether or not he could even write, is that to all intents he was a married heterosexual family... Читать далее
Is there a distortion in the perception of Russian literature in the English-speaking cultures?
Head of Faculty and Senior Lecturer in English at New College of the... · 24 апреля 2017
Of course – distortion is involved in any change of time, place or language between a literature’s writers and its readers.
But a few things are specific to Anglophone readers of Russian literature. Translations vary in how modern, literal, or exoticising they are, but can never... Читать далее
Is the significance of Pride and Prejudice exaggerated in the context of world culture and literature?
Postdoctoral Fellow in English, University of Sydney
Author of Jane Austen the... · 14 февраля 2017
First of all, we’d better define terms. Literary and cultural ‘significance’ is a difficult thing to pinpoint. How would we go about measuring something so ephemeral? I’m also far from confident that there is anything that could reasonably be called ‘world culture’ or ‘world literature’—... Читать далее
Author of 'Dickens and Popular Entertainment' and the recent ‘Simply Dickens’... · 30 ноября 2016
It’s slightly misleading to talk about it in that way in that it suggests that there’s a polemic purpose behind his fiction. He certainly has strong convictions and overt themes in his novels, but he’s not trying to write a tract or a treatise in order to try to change things.
The... Читать далее
What are the five best Dickens adaptations in the movies?
Author of 'Dickens and Popular Entertainment' and the recent ‘Simply Dickens’... · 14 декабря 2016
From the very outset of his career, Dickens’s plays were dramatised for the stage. There were frequently several versions of his novels running in the London theatres before he’d even finished writing them, so that kind of adaptation was there from the very start. In the last twelve... Читать далее
Which books should I have read if I really want to be thought of as an intellectual?
Lecturer in Cultural History at the University of Edinburgh. Fellow of the... · 6 марта 2017
This question reminds me of a slim but provocative book that was published ten years ago, called How to Talk about Books You Haven’t Read, by a French academic (are you surprised?) called Pierre Bayard. This book was fascinating because its author tried to expose the empty elitism (the... Читать далее