Category: Article

‘…the Green Knight mounted on his green horse holds his severed head aloft’

Another gem from the British Library blog. Here, Julian Harrison from the Medieval Literature team takes a playful look at the illustrations of the original manuscript. ‘Its full-page illustrations have a charm all of their own, even if they were once dismissed as ‘coarsely executed’. … Continue reading ‘…the Green Knight mounted on his green horse holds his severed head aloft’

The Enlightenment of Lily Briscoe – Jac Saorsa

It was the summer of 1910. Wispy cirrus clouds skittered nervously across a pale sky as Lily Briscoe, brush in hand, stood before her easel at the edge of the lawn in front of the Ramsay’s house. From where she was standing she had a clear view of the sea and the rocky coastline of the Isle of Skye, and then, at some distance from the shore and standing out starkly in the soft summer light, the lighthouse, a tall, solitary pharos on a rock barely the size of a tennis court. But her canvas was empty…

‘We cease to be soldiers in the army of the upright; we become deserters’

‘…Woolf saw that a subjective perspective was required to make sense of how death continues to inflect the mood of a generation. Mourning, as Sigmund Freud also realised at a similar point, is ongoing, illusory work. What is remarkable about her writing is that Woolf … Continue reading ‘We cease to be soldiers in the army of the upright; we become deserters’

‘A certain smoothness in day to day living. But never laughter’ – Josh Powell on Ann Quin

Josh Powell from Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy will be joining us to discuss Ann Quin’s Passages. Writing about Quin for the journal Textual Practice, Powell notes her interest in psychoanalytic theories, particularly the object relations theory of Melanie Klein.  The article, … Continue reading ‘A certain smoothness in day to day living. But never laughter’ – Josh Powell on Ann Quin