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Great Students Inspire: Thomas Hardy Exam Resource

A class of fifth formers at the King’s School Canterbury (the alma mater of Christopher Marlowe) were preparing for their GCSE exam, and decided there was no need to keep their close analysis of Thomas Hardy close to their chests. … Continue reading

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Writers with an image problem: William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson

In the contemporary world, we are bombarded with images from our laptops and televisions, on billboards and in magazines. These images may be advertising something, but often they seem only to advertise a way of life, a celebrity, unobtainable to … Continue reading

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Alfred Lord Tennyson, first Baron Tennyson (1809-1892)

Erin Lafford, a DPhil student, introduces the life and work of the Victorian poet and Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson in this guest blog post. Tennyson was born on 6th August, 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire, to a large family that … Continue reading

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Free Love

Immerse yourself in love this Valentine’s Day by visiting Great Writers Inspire. Here are some ebooks from the Oxford Text Archive which can be downloaded for free, and there are many more to discover in the Library. Love and Friendship … Continue reading

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Rabindranath Tagore and the Nationalist Movement in India

In the second of her guest blog posts, Priyasha Mukhopadhyay (a DPhil student) situates the work of Rabindranath Tagore in relation to the political context of nationalism in India. You can read her first post on the work of Leonard … Continue reading

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Leonard Woolf and Empire: The Village in the Jungle

Priyasha Mukhopadhyay, a DPhil student, explores empire as shown in an early twentieth-century novel less well known than the popular works by Joseph Conrad and E.M. Forster. In this guest blog post, she argues for Leonard Woolf’s literary legacy. Leonard … Continue reading

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Meet the new US Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey

Carlie Sorosiak, a student on the MSt in English and American Studies, introduces the incumbent US Poet Laureate. While researching my dissertation on contemporary poetry in the American South, I stopped by Blackwell’s last month to pick up Natasha Trethewey’s … Continue reading

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Mary Wollstonecraft’s Politics of Feeling in ‘The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria’

Mary Wollstonecraft is best known for her work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), but in this guest blog, Shoshannah Jones Square, a DPhil student in English at the University of Oxford, suggests why we should read her … Continue reading

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The Curious Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Youth F. Scott Fitzgerald was born 24 September 1896 to a salesman father and an Irish-Catholic mother who was the heir to a successful Minnesota grocery store. The F. Scott of F. Scott Fitzgerald stands for Francis Scott; he was … Continue reading

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Thomas Kyd: An English Tragedy

Very little is known about the life of Renaissance playwright Thomas Kyd. Though scholars say that often, in this case there is an especially frustrating dearth of information (and surviving texts). Thomas Kyd was born in 1558 in London, the son of … Continue reading

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