Literature



Alternatives to male-authored classics

8th March 2022

Xandie Kuenning explores classics by women in resistance to the male-dominated literary canon. It is a clear and undeniable fact that classic literature is dominated by male authors. Sure, there are the Austens and the Brontës of the literary world, but generally speaking, most recognized writers are men. This International Women’s Day, let us look ...


A literary guide to Valentine’s Day

14th February 2022

Leah Hart talks us through the best love stories to accompany you this Valentine’s Day. With the return of February, we once again meet that blessed day of romance that follows the gloomy month of January. With midterms looming and a higher likelihood of being hit by Covid’s arrow than Cupid’s, what better time for ...


Should you finish every book you start?

6th January 2022

Rebecca Richard discusses whether authors have a responsibility to grip you from the beginning. I’m the worst for having multiple books on the go at once. One day I’m in the mood for a crime fiction thriller, the gorier the better. Other days I jump at my own shadow whilst home alone and must opt ...


Should we love to hate bad novels?

12th March 2021

Sophie argues in favour of the popularisation of literature. There’s a certain prevailing stereotype surrounding the content of modern English Literature courses, and to be fair, it’s not without merit. Following the absolutely thrilling school curriculums of Macbeth, The Outsiders, and Animal Farm, maybe Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Mrs Midas if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s ...


The Perks of Being a Wallflower: a truly life-changing book

29th October 2020

Rebecca and Hailie jointly review the YA best seller, exploring how literature has the power to make one feel seen, even in the darkest of times. Hailie Pentleton My copy of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower rests on the top shelf of my bookcase. It’s never there long enough to gather dust, ...


No one wins with literary prizes

14th October 2020

Views Editor Emily Hay explores how literary prizes are outdated and damaging to the public’s conception of a book’s worth. It’s that time of year again: the shortlist for the Booker Prize has been announced, and the book world is in the full swing of speculation about just who’s going to bag that all-important £50,000 ...


University launches the world’s first Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic

10th October 2020

The announcement came with the first masters (MLitt) in fantasy literature at the University. The University has now launched the first research centre in the world devoted solely to the study of fantasy. The Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic comes after the first masters (MLitt) in fantasy literature, which was also established by academics ...