Beyond Postmodernism: The End of Theory?

The “post-” prefix is à la mode. Post-politics, post-rock, post-truth, and, perhaps most enduringly, postmodernism. To give the briefest of sketches (which will inevitably be reductive – do consult the linked Wikipedia page and, even better, pick up a textbook at your local library), postmodernism encompasses a broad range of ideas which marked a departure from…… Continue reading Beyond Postmodernism: The End of Theory?

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An Orwellian dystopia?

The following observations are drawn from an essay I am drafting on surveillance culture, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, flavoured with a little more entertaining gusto than I would put in an academic paper. Use of the adjective “Orwellian” and exaggerative comparison of the aforementioned text to the contemporary political landscape is both…… Continue reading An Orwellian dystopia?


Defining literature as a discipline

Most academic disciplines have a firm sense of themselves as distinct fields, observable in the certainty with which their practitioners define themselves in relation to their subject. Chemists, theoretical physicists, linguists, historians, and philosophers abound in university departments and professional workplaces across the world. But what do we call a student of literature? As is often…… Continue reading Defining literature as a discipline