Virgil, Dante’s heavenly guide to ‘modern’ cultures

Virgil, Dante’s heavenly guide to ‘modern’ cultures

As the year-long calendar of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante gets underway, Dr Karen Attar, Senate House Library’s curator of rare books, looks at Virgil, the prominent character in the great poet’s epic work, The Divine Comedy. The literary...
150 years of Trollope’s ‘The Vicar of Bullhampton’: ‘third rate for him but better than the best’

150 years of Trollope’s ‘The Vicar of Bullhampton’: ‘third rate for him but better than the best’

Curator at Senate House Library Dr Karen Attar teases out what makes this novel different, including marriage and morality and clinical depression. One hundred and fifty years ago the final part of Anthony Trollope’s The Vicar of Bullhampton appeared – in accordance...
Ancient and modern: from paper to pixels

Ancient and modern: from paper to pixels

A new database of historic publications motivates Dr Karen Attar to rethink teaching with Senate House Library’s literary treasures. In 2019 Bloomsbury Digital Resources brought out Bloomsbury Medieval Studies, a database uniting ‘secondary content with visual primary...