All posts filed under: Analysis & Comment

Orwell, 1984 and the Ministry of Information

Since the inauguration of President Trump sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have increased by 9,500 per cent, and at the time of publication it is still at the top of Amazon’s American best seller lists. But what might new readers learn from it?, asks Dr Marc Patrick Wiggam, a research fellow at the Institute of […]

Going for gold: Trump, Louis XIV and interior design

Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles: ©Avillfoto / Shutterstock Yellow-gold swagged curtains, glimpsed in the first pictures from the Trump administration’s official duties in the Oval Office, have fuelled speculation over whether America’s new president will bring his signature taste in interior design to the White House. Robert Wellington, lecturer in art history and visual culture at […]

Reality and imagination in Wide Sargasso Sea

Image: Frenchman’s Cove, Porland, Jamaica © Merlin John Author, blogger and columnist Montague Kobbé, examines the enduring appeal of Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys’ postcolonial novel and one of the great prequels of world literature. When Jean Rhys published Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 she was 75 years old, the same age as Bob Dylan […]

The history of being normal

What does it mean to be normal? Dr Sarah Chaney talks about the history of being normal, cultural relativity and how the concept of normality has changed over time. ‘Am I normal?’ seems to be a defining question in modern western culture, across every area of human life and experience, in health and illness. But […]

Botswana’s elephants and conservation – are things starting to fall apart?

Image: © Elephants without Borders, ©bush24, ©Keith Somerville Just over a year ago, stealing the title from Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, Professor Keith Somerville wrote a report entitled No longer at ease: clouds on the horizon for Botswana’s conservation success story after a research trip to the Chobe Enclave, eastern Linyanti, Maun and Gaborone. In it he pointed to the gradual growth […]