Interview: The Bennet Edit

The Bennet Edit combines two of our favourite things: pop-culture and podcasts. A new episode is released every fortnight, in which co-hosts Sophie Jackson and Eleanor Thomas read and discuss (almost) every adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. For the record, there are a lot of adaptations, from web-series through to Bollywood musicals. We […]

What it means to be Swiftian: Taylor v Jonathan

TS Eliot once said that “real irony is an expression of suffering, and the greatest ironist was one who suffered the most – Swift.” Let’s be playful, and assume he punned on both Jonathan and Taylor. The first two books of Jonathan’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726) famously work like a telescope. In the first, Gulliver is […]

Transgressive Treats: Food and Shame in Children’s Literature

On Easter Sunday, baker Ruby Tandoh implored her twitter followers, voraciously eyeing her food-filled feed, to “please channel Bruce Bogtrotter today as you triumph over those who use food to shame & subdue you”. Tandoh and Roald Dahl alike recognise food’s power as a currency of control. Tandoh attached to her tweet a frame of a triumphant Bruce from […]

Geek, Memory: Horrible Histories

Do you want to write the next Geek, Memory on your childhood obsession? If so, send us an email here. In my first few weeks at university, a couple of my new friends discovered that they shared a love of one particular phrase, a pop-cultural remnant of their childhoods that they’ve never stopped loving: “What […]

Geek, Memory: Noddy

Do you want to write the next Geek, Memory on your childhood obsession? If so, send us an email here. I was a serious child. I did lots of normal child things, but I wanted to do them in a serious way. I would play with teddy bears, for example, but I used to stage […]

The Poetic Predisposition of Princess Elsa

  This year, there was a strange occurrence in the pop cultural world: a song by a Disney princess got 258.6 million views on Youtube. To put things in perspective, that’s 35.5 million views more than Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, 5.7 million more views than One Direction’s ‘Best Song Ever’ […]

Harry Potter and the Anatomy of Loss

In his 2000 novel When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishiguro writes of the burden that comes with the search for the meaning of your ancestral dispossession, saying ‘our fate is to face the world as orphans, chasing through long years the shadows of vanished parents.’ In the Harry Potter novels, ‘the shadows of vanished parents’ […]