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Why the Word ‘Handsome’ Deserves a Renaissance

When Mr Darcy famously snubbed Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, he declared that she was: ‘tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me’. In other words he was saying that Elizabeth was good-looking but not quite good-looking enough for his liking. Austen’s words were published in 1813 and times have certainly changed. The Cambridge … Continue reading Why the Word ‘Handsome’ Deserves a Renaissance

Should George Elliot’s Books be Republished Using her Real Name?

In 1859 George Eliot published her first novel. In the years that followed, Eliot rose to prominence with the novels Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss. 161 years after Eliot’s publishing debut, a project has launched with the intention of recognising female authors who originally published under male pseudonyms. George Eliot or Mary Ann Evans is among the women who are set to be recognised.

Things that go Bite in the Night: a History of Vampires in Storytelling

Often associated with the Gothic, vampires have ignited imaginations in many forms over many centuries. The longer that the vampire myth has germinated, the more fervently this mythology has embedded itself in popular culture and refused to die. Across history, vampires appear in various incarnations: but how does the vampire story extend from the brutal Hungarian ruler Vlad the Impaler to Christopher Lee in Hammer Horror and the glittery Edward Cullen in Twilight? And what do these variety of incarnations reveal about the living? In order to answer some of these questions, we are going to unearth the very birth of vampire stories.

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