‘The Outsiders’ by S.E.Hinton

It has been more than 50 years since the publication of S.E. Hinton’s first novel ‘The Outsiders’. Set in 1960s Oklahoma, ‘The Outsiders’ is a moving coming-of-age story surrounding the gang rivalry between lower-class ‘Greasers’ and upper-class ‘Socials’. Given the big societal changes that have happened since then and how dated, for example, the social […]

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Avoiding Self-Indulgence: A Defence of Medieval Literature

A pervasive perception of medieval literature is that it is simplistic – in plot, character types, and morality. The themes of medieval writing are, indeed, simpler than modern writing, as a result of the state of post-1800 (modern) literature. Much of it has descended into pretentiously executed existentialism (Pig Tales, Marie Darrieussecq) and lazy dystopian […]

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Switching on discussion – does art need a meaning?

Image description: One of Athirty4’s plaster light switches Over the past few weeks, the appearance of household light switches, placed surreptitiously around the city, has prompted discussion amongst students; plastered on lamp posts, street signs and post boxes, while the switches have generated amusement on account of their quirkiness, the question remains as to their […]

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