Category Archive: history

IN THE NINETIES, WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG: Stuart David’s ‘In the All-Night Café’

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This piece is part of our Life in the 21st Century City thread, an occasional series of reviews, essays and travelogues. It seeks to explore the felt reality of world cities today and the experience of… Continue reading

THE HIGHEST EXPRESSION OF THE DIVINE: Anne Cuneo’s ‘Tregian’s Ground’, translated by Louise Rogers Lalaurie and Roland Glasser

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Anne Cuneo, Tregian’s Ground: The Life and Sometimes Secret Adventures of Francis Tregian, Gentleman and Musician, translated by Louise Rogers Lalaurie and Roland Glasser (And Other Stories, 2015) By S.J.L.Constantine The late Anne… Continue reading

ENGELS AMONGST THE HIPSTERS: DW Gibson’s “The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century”

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This piece is part of our Life in the 21st Century City thread, an occasional series of reviews, essays and travelogues. It seeks to explore the felt reality of world cities today and the experience of… Continue reading

RETURN TO THE 1950S: Rachel Cooke’s ‘Her Brilliant Career’ and the novels of Mary Renault and Barbara Pym

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Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, Rachel Cooke (Virago, 2013) The Charioteer, Mary Renault ([1953] Virago, 2013) Excellent Women, Barbara Pym ([1952], Virago, 2009) By Clare Walker Gore In the General… Continue reading

WRITING THE SELF: ‘The Letterbooks of John Evelyn’ (eds. Douglas D. C. Chambers and David Galbraith) and the Art of Communication

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Douglas D. C. Chambers and David Galbraith eds., The Letterbooks of John Evelyn, 2 volumes (University of Toronto Press, 2014) By Patrick J. Murray The writer John Evelyn had a high opinion of… Continue reading

SMALL-TOWN SOUTH AFRICA: Colette Victor’s ‘What to Do with Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein’

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Colette Victor, What to Do with Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein (Cargo, 2015) By Lynnda Wardle Post-apartheid South Africa is not an easy setting for a novel. Writers feel bound somehow to tackle… Continue reading

CARLOS GAMERRO, BARILOCHE AND ITS “SCHIZOPHRENIC MOOD”

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Editor Rebecca DeWald travelled to Argentina and took books of and about Argentine literature with her, a literature which is receiving more and more attention in English at the moment. In this thread,… Continue reading

“THE LINES WE WRITE”: Middleton and Dekker’s Co-Written Pamphlets

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Suzanne Gossett ed., Thomas Middleton in Context, (Cambridge University Press, 2011) Gary Taylor and Trish Thomas Henley eds., The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton (Oxford University Press, 2012) By Eilidh Kane In 1603… Continue reading

GERMAN HISTORY IN FICTION: A Conversation with Fiona Rintoul

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Translator and German literary scholar Anne Stokes met Fiona Rintoul to talk about her translation of the WWI novel Outside Verdun by Arnold Zweig, Rintoul’s own debut novel The Leipzig Affair, set in… Continue reading

HOPE DEFERRED: 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa in The Bloody Miracle by Meg Rickards and Bert Haitsma

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The documentary was shown in Glasgow at the Africa in Motion festival which ran from from October 30th – November 9th 2014.  South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour, the touring programme of South… Continue reading