Identifying a metaphor is something a first year student should be able to do without any difficulty. But what do metaphors do?
‘How did more than 160 million women go missing from Asia? The simple answer is sex selection — typically, an ultrasound scan followed by an abortion if the fetus turns out to be female — but beyond that, the reasons for a gap half the size of the U.S. population are not widely understood.’
Special edition on Hamlet. Access with RUG library passwords.
This article argues that Tudor fools (including those who feature prominently in Shakespeare’s plays) were people with learning disabilities. It raises some interesting points but needs further investigation.
Marx was no more responsible for the monstrous oppression of the communist world than Jesus was responsible for the Inquisition via In Praise of Marx.
French Philosophy: ‘The theories of Derrida and Foucault are revisited in this fair-minded history of French deconstructionism, and guess what? It wasn’t all bunkum…’ (book review).
The rose is examined in some detail in Pleasures of the Text. Now someone has written a whole book on the subject. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/the_tls/article7175082.ece
This translation was one of the most influential on English literature.
The most influential man in history? Overstated – but reminds us how much the language owes to him.