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Milkman by Anna Burns: a pertinent portrait of life during the...

An exploration of Anna Burns' The Milkman and its chilling relationship to the violence of the Troubles.
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Poetry in motion: the nature of lyrics

Should lyrics be given the same respect as poetry?
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Armitage’s Gawain: translating in wylde wayeȝ

"Translation is not without flaws – it cannot help but alter authorial voice, although the degree to which this takes place is certainly not consistent."

Autumn by Ali Smith: a seasonal portrait of post-Brexit Britain

The first book in Smith's ongoing quartet reminds us that sympathy is possible in our polarised times

Strange creatures: monstrosity in Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’

The world of literature is abundant with monsters: physical monsters, psychological monsters, benevolent monsters, evil monsters. However, there is hardly a monster as puzzling...

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A consideration of two books with different approaches to the same philosophy: the art of laziness.

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