Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Jack dusts off old things with the fascinated concentration of an archaeologist at a dig. Objects that speaks to his sense of a more wholesome past - bus conductors, British cherries eaten from a paper bag, a model of the Titanic made out of a coal-based resin, or his father's bookcase, which evokes an era of working-class autodidacticism - are the keys that link his experiences and those of his family to wider historical developments.My review of Ian Jack's book The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain is now up on the New Statesman website. The full text is online here.
The big story here is the decline of Britian as an industrial force, and the effects of this on the working class. Digging through his father's old coal shed (left untouched for twenty years by his widow, Jack's mother) a series of scarcely identifiable tools and objects present themselves (dolly tubs: "a wooden appliance with two arms, and legs or feet, used to stir clothes in a tub"). These remnants of the "departed culture of coal" are viewed with ambivalence - they hark back to a simpler time of industrial prosperity, but Jack is not insensible to the hardships of those - like his mother - whose gruelling task it was to operate the dolly tubs.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I will be delivering a paper called 'H.G. Wells and the Garden City Utopia' at this conference, to be held in the English Faculty at Oxford University on 18th September 2009. Full details of the conference are here.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
"The book was originally to be called Funeral Orations; it mourns the passing of not only an extraordinary group of individuals, but a style of thought. Badiou argues that the uncompromising quest for truth has been replaced in our times by the drear tenets of a "vegetable-based natural medicine", a lifestyle philosophy that advises us to "keep fit and be efficient, but stay cool"."
You can read the whole review online here.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
An international conference hosted by the Glamorgan Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science
Friday 8 – Saturday 9 May, 2009
The ATRiuM Campus, Cardiff
I'm giving a paper called 'Anarchophobia: The Structure of GK Chesterton's Conservatism' at this conference, which is all about phobias. Full details of the conference are here, and the conference programme is here.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Saturday 14 March
Seminar Room 1, Sackler Centre
Review the main tenets of Le Corbusier’s thinking and assess his significant impact with architectural historians Barry Curtis, Matthew Taunton and Alan Powers. Arguably the most important and influential architect of the 20th century, Le Corbusier was a pioneer of modernist design. He championed the use of industrial materials and revolutionised approaches to urban planning. This event is part of the Le Corbusier centenary and coincides with the V&A’s display, The Olympic Stadium Project – Le Corbusier and Baghdad.
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211