John Milton, Liberty and Arab Academics: The Case of Mona Prince

An Egyptian academic, Dr Mona Prince, was recently accused by her university of 'calling for the glorification of Satan' after she taught John Milton's Paradise Lost. Sharihan Al-Akhras studies the work of Milton, who advocated liberty and opposed censorship. She interviewed Dr Prince to explore the academic restrictions she is currently facing. As I contemplate the best approach... Continue Reading →

Celebrate World Poetry Day with these essays on poetry across cultures

Happy World Poetry Day 2017! World Poetry Day is led by UNESCO, in recognition of the way in which poetry "reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings." To celebrate, here are three free essays published by our researchers over the past year that expose... Continue Reading →

“The Charm of the Unfamiliar”: Myth and Alterity in Early Modern Literature (Conference, 19th June; CFP deadline 1st May)

Proposals are invited for this one-day postgraduate conference, which will examine the idea of the exotic in early-modern literature. The conference will run on 19th June at St Mary's College; the deadline for abstracts is 1st May. Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Michael Pincombe (Newcastle), Dr Leon Burnett (Essex) and Professor Andrew Laird (Warwick).  A hint of... Continue Reading →

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