To read a Tom McCarthy novel is to find oneself weirdly and wildly awash in grids within grids, maps within maps, of infrastructural objects and systems. Protagonists and minor characters alike obsess over these objects and systems of infrastructure—over their grandeur, their minutiae, their flows and flaws, slows and jams, their symbolic ideological concretizations, their masterful and/or absurd designs, their volumes of strata.View More Infrastructure and the Anthropocene in Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island
In her most recent novel The Blazing World (2014), Siri Hustvedt raises the problem of sex biases in the art world. One of the central premises of the book is that works of art executed by women are rated significantly lower than the same piece by a man. “Does art really have a gender identity”, asks Hustvedt …View More Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World: Does Art Have a Gender Identity?
Cultural criticism and cultural histories of the development of English as a subject place special emphasis on the role of intellectuals, education and national identity…View More Shakespeare in the English National Curriculum