Issue number four

Articles from our latest edition.


Mothering and its absence in a group of nineteenth-century novels

An essay from the second year nineteenth-century literature module

Rebecca Etherington explores the role of the mother in Coventry Patmore’s The Angel in the House, Mary Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

Rebecca Etherington


The Jewel

Creative writing piece from the postcolonial module

A postcolonial response, writing back to Bharati Mukherjee's ‘A Wife’s Story’, critiquing the authors class prejudice.

Daniella Young


Do Film adaptations of Romeo and Juliet enhance Shakespeare in contemporary society or undermine his cultural status?

Third year essay from the film adaptations module

Hammond analyses the contemporary cultural perception of film adaptations, arguing against critics who regard them as occupying a diminished status in comparison to the original text.

Laura Hammond


How do Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’ and Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ use ‘The second self’ as a narrative device to represent moral responsibility?

From the second year nineteenth century literature module

Essay exploring the degree to which Jane Eyre and The Picture of Dorian Gray contest the dominant power discourses of their time.

Alison Carter


How can films be used to popularise classics for teen audiences, with specific reference to: William Shakespeare (1597) and Baz Luhrmann’s (1996) Romeo and Juliet, and Jane Austen’s Emma (1816) with Amy Heckerling’s Clueless (1995)

From the third year film adaptations module

This essay explores the way that film adaptations are used to engage a contemporary teenage audience with the texts from which they originate.

Anila Arshad-Mehmood

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I Read, Therefore I Am

Portfolio from the third year creative writing module

This poetry collection explores the relationship between language, gender and creativity, interrogating these ideas via its deconstructive process.

Hetty Cliss


Gabriel’s Trouble with Women

Essay from the third year film adaptations module

An Analysis of the Struggle between Masculinity and Feminism in James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ and John Huston’s Film Adaptation

Yasmin Jensen Giménez


Why has the legacy of colonialism and/or slavery been so profound and persistent, and in what ways have writers shown that its deleterious effects can be combated?

Essay from the third year New English Voices and Writing module

Refusing to allow the forgetting of slavery, Beloved, Feeding the Ghosts and Lara expose the unpalatable side of capitalist colonialism. This essay examines three modes of expressing the past to ensure this history is retained in public consciousness.

Lorna Neville

My Occupation

Creative writing piece from the postcolonial module

IDF Basic Values – Human Dignity: ‘The IDF and its soldiers are obligated to protect human dignity. Every human being is of value regardless of his or her origin, religion, nationality, gender, status or position.’

Kieran Hughes


The Predicament of Post-Colonial Hybridity: ‘A Grain of Wheat’ and ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’

Essay and creative piece from the postcolonial module

I stare at the handful of unfamiliar coins and step aboard the bus. I am transported to two places. The route home to Agincourt is the same as ever, but the broken air conditioning brings a heat that takes me home to Punjab. There are few seats free, but I find one beside a woman I recognise.

Matt de Sousa

The Savagery that Saves Us

Creative writing piece from the postcolonial module

The ‘Zong’, 1781: slave ship, home and death place to hundreds of Africans. Leaving the West coast of Africa on September 6 1781 on a voyage, known as the Middle Passage, to Jamaica, innocent but such poorly bodies were catapulted into the air to meet their cold, watery grave.

Zara Lockwood


Victims or Villains; How Does London to Brighton Engage With Issues of Dysfunctional Masculinity?

Essay from the film adaptations module

This essay explores the socio-economic conditions that engendered the 'crisis of masculinity' in many British films of the 1990s.

Leanda Willis