The Letters of Abelard and Heloise: a medieval romance for the modern day

Image description: An illustration of Abelard and Heloise kissing while Heloise writes a letter by artist Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale In the past, Abelard and Heloise were names ranked alongside Romeo and Juliet, or Dante and Beatrice, as an everlasting tale of passionate romance and forbidden love. I can imagine most students reading this article, however, are […]

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The DPhil Diaries: Virtual Valentine’s Day, 5th week blues and facing rejections

Image Description: Nupur Patel’s DPhil Diaries 5th week started off with a bang with the arrival of Valentine’s Day. Admittedly, on a normal year my boyfriend and I aren’t usually the grandest celebrators of the day. That’s not to say that we’re the cynical type, complaining about how ‘commercialised’ it all is (which is probably […]

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Scorsese’s ‘The Age of Innocence’: His most violent film?

Image description: Michelle Pfeiffer portraying Countess Ellen Olenska in the film Age of Innocence. Martin Scorsese is, without doubt, my favourite film director. Watching GoodFellas in my early teenage years, I was captivated, while somewhat conflicted, by the anti-hero Henry Hill’s life of excess. The film begins with Henry as a teenager himself. Soon, he […]

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