Humanities, Medieval

Marriage and widowhood in later medieval England

By Victor Khadem In her last will and testament, Isabel de Beauchamp, Countess of Warwick directed her executors as to how her tomb should be constructed: 'My Image to be made all naked, and no thyn on my hede but myn here cast bakwardys, and of the gretnes and of the fascyon lyke the mesure… Continue reading Marriage and widowhood in later medieval England

20th century, Humanities

Germaine Greer – Feminist Icon of the Twentieth Century?

By Mathura Umachandran In the 44th US presidential election, gender politics constituted a vital stimulus for debate. From Senator Clinton's stand for the Democratic Nomination, through to Senator McCain's controversial choice of running mate in Sarah Palin and the high profile role that Michelle Obama played in her husband's campaign, women were dynamic and influential… Continue reading Germaine Greer – Feminist Icon of the Twentieth Century?

19th century, Science

‘I do like a contest with the bigwigs’: How Mary Anning Struck Scientific Gold

By Jack Coombs Mary Anning is a name little known, even in the fields of palaeontology, and geology, which she so influenced. Born in 1799 in Lyme Regis, Dorset, she was conveniently placed, both in an era when these early sciences were set to undergo a renaissance of advancement, and beside a three-mile long stretch… Continue reading ‘I do like a contest with the bigwigs’: How Mary Anning Struck Scientific Gold

20th century, Humanities

Appraising and Reappraising the Aviator Hanna Reitsch

By James Maclaine In her autobiography Fliegen, mein Leben Hanna Reitsch wrote that, 'at great altitudes the airman feels close to God.' With these words she captured the privilege that is the pilot's and the otherness that has caused those exemplary in the world of aviation to be lauded and recorded. Although traditionally a male… Continue reading Appraising and Reappraising the Aviator Hanna Reitsch

20th century, Arts

‘A Shadow Figure of the Bauhaus’: Anni Albers and Textile Art

By Maria Paz Mendes Hodes Rising from the ashes of a defeated Germany, the Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919, took a mere twelve years to create the aesthetic zeitgeist of the 20th century. Even today, as the aggressively fanciful shapes of postmodern architecture emerge as the look of the future, when… Continue reading ‘A Shadow Figure of the Bauhaus’: Anni Albers and Textile Art

20th century, Arts

Intensity of vision: A.S. Byatt’s The Shadow of the Sun

By Victoria Elliott The English faculty of Cambridge in the 1950s belonged to two men: Lawrence and Leavis. For a female undergraduate with ambitions to write, the pressure could have been crushing: the lessons were that literature should be moral to be great, and that very few were capable of greatness, so you were better… Continue reading Intensity of vision: A.S. Byatt’s The Shadow of the Sun

19th century, Arts

Where Loss Resides

The Relationship Between Space and Loneliness in the Poetry of Christina Rossetti By Mona Sakr and Ali Nihat Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) is perhaps best known for her religious poetry. And yet, her work is often an exploration of the ultimate loneliness of human existence, mourning the absence of all others, including God, in the innermost… Continue reading Where Loss Resides

20th century, Science

Evidence and Reason, My Heroes and Guides: Naomi Weisstein

By Caroline Buckee One of the most pervasive and damaging myths about the differences between the sexes is that women are fundamentally less rational than men. This stereotype is particularly apparent in the context of science and mathematics; in 2005 the Dean of Harvard University suggested that the current under-representation of females in science and… Continue reading Evidence and Reason, My Heroes and Guides: Naomi Weisstein