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Philosophies of taste

Philosophies of taste

Does wine taste the same to an expert and an amateur? Cain Todd considers the distinctions between flavour and sensory experience

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What it means to be French

Nationhood, identity, anxiety: Sudhir Hazareesingh ponders constructions and deconstructions of Frenchness

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Ian McEwan

Reading Ian McEwan’s correspondence

Lise Jaillant asks: what difference does it make for a researcher to work with emails rather than letters?

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Laurence Olivier in Costume at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre

Stage fright and existential panic

John Stokes on the nightmarish experience of ‘being alone in public’

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​"​Satan Exulting over Eve​"​​ by William Blake, 1795

Milton’s Satan and the struggle for power

Islam Issa considers how authoritarian governments and their rebels have engaged with Paradise Lost

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The importance of not sticking to your guns: Boris Johnson’s family lessons

The importance of not sticking to your guns: Boris Johnson’s family lessons

Alev Scott considers what links Boris Johnson to his great-grandfather Ali Kemal Bey

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English literature – without the Empire nostalgia

English literature – without the Empire nostalgia

Sarah Jilani argues that, for the sake of good teaching, universities must decolonize their English curriculums

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What does the essay do?

What does the essay do?

Brian Dillon considers the role, shape and purpose of the essay today

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From The Golden Compass, the film adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

A space to shift shape

Philip Womack discusses the importance of clarity and wonder in children's literature

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Mafia at the movies

Mafia at the movies

Federico Varese considers the criminal world where life comes to imitate art