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Fifty Years Since Kennedy v Nixon

Apparently it is 50 years since the first televised Presidential debate in the US. A brilliant account of the contemporary impact of this was given on the  Trollope 19thC Studies list and the author gave his permission for me to reproduce it here……. (more…)

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Crabbe – Tale 12:’Squire Thomas

‘Squire Thomas (or The Precipitate Choice) is one of the Tales in which Crabbe’s sometimes bleak view of humanity is revealed in its fullest extent. Every single character in this Tale is deeply unpleasant. (more…)

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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) is not an easy film. By that I mean to imply both that it is painful to watch as a result of the emotional intensity which it generates, and also that it is not easy to interpret. (more…)

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In Chapter 5 of The Roots of Romanticism Isaiah Berlin considers what he terms ‘the final eruption of unbridled romanticism’. (more…)

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The impact on Mill of the events in Paris in February 1848 was, as was common among European radicals, immense and galvanising. (more…)

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Crabbe – Tale 11: Edward Shore

Returning to Crabbe after a long absence (10 months) I am confronted by a Tale for which I have little sympathy. However I am able to admire Crabbe’s narrative skills and the power of his verse, even if I am suspicious of the ends to which they are put in this case. (more…)

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Returning to Turgenev after a long break I have reached the extraordinary Smoke (1867). This novel was badly received at the time and does not appear to have been much rehabilitated in the century and a half since its publication. (more…)

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