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The Riparian Underworld of Charles Dickens

It is a given that Dickens is pre-eminently a writer of the built environment, not the natural...
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Critical Strategy in Oscar Wilde's Comedies

The comedies, as analysed in their social-cultural context, reveal Oscar Wilde as a playwright...
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Review of 'Sea of Ink'

Review of 'Sea of Ink' Inspired by a reproduction painting that was given to him as a gift,...
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David Foster Wallace on Modern Times and Art

"Look man, we’d probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we...

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  • Critical Strategy in Oscar Wilde's Comedies

    Nadia Fries University English Tutor (North London) Picture The comedies, as analysed in their social-cultural context, reveal Oscar Wilde as a playwright anxious to be as apparent as possible in terms of what had influenced him. Indeed, he understood, decades before his more accredited successors, that originality only comes with acknowledged...
  • David Foster Wallace on Modern Times and Art

    Anna C Maguire University English Tutor (North West London) Picture "Look man, we’d probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is? In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what’s...
  • Exam Essays: Put Yourself in the Marker's Shoes

    University English Tutor (South East London) Picture With the new academic year just beginning, exam season seems a long way off. However, having spent much time earlier this summer marking papers, exam technique has been on my mind a lot over the past few months, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to articulate some thoughts and...

 

  • A Meditation on Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee.

    University English Tutor (Bristol) Picture A Meditation on Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee.   Representations of artists were rare in South African literature during apartheid (Attridge 25). The more pressing, more horrifying preoccupations of state brutality and world exclusion meant that writers’ concerns with their own profession –...
  • Laughter in Shakespeare's Tragedies Editor's Pick

    University English Tutor (North London) Picture ‘Comedy is (as we have said) an imitation of inferior people - not, however, with respect to every kind of defect: the laughable is a species of what is disgraceful. The laughable is an error or disgrace that does not involve pain or destruction; for example, a comic mask is ugly and distorted,...
  • The Riparian Underworld of Charles Dickens Editor's Pick

    Dr Steve Chapman University English Tutor (Oxford) Picture It is a given that Dickens is pre-eminently a writer of the built environment, not the natural environment, and critics have shown how he either neglects nature or writes about it quite badly,[1] in contrast to the imaginative way he writes about buildings. There is, however, a conspicuous...