Twenty-Five Years of Critical and Cultural Theory

Literary theory. The words will send a shudder through many an English student, and perhaps also those authors and readers who enjoy literature without feeling the urge to theorise about it. But like it or not, theory underpins most aspects of literary research today. This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Year’s Work in... Continue Reading →

What Brief Interviews with Hideous Men can tell us about rape culture

A serial womaniser. A commitment-phobic boyfriend. A wife beater. David Foster Wallace's 1999 book Brief Interviews with Hideous Men presents a provocative view of male misogyny and its effects on women. In this brief interview with READ, which expands upon his recent Postgraduate English article, Matthew Alexander suggests that Wallace's work is an important text for our times, especially... Continue Reading →

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