Mufaro Kapfunde

The purpose of reading a text in its original language

Although books such as The Iliad, The Odyssey and The Aeneid make up many of the required readings lists on many English Literature and Classics courses, they rarely feature in the original languages that they were written in. Is there anything to be gained from reading classical texts in their...
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Posted Dec. 4, 2018

Editors aren’t at fault for lengthening books

Books are getting longer, their spines thicker and, as far as I’m concerned, this is in part due to the growing popularity of epic fantasy trilogies in the Young Adult genre. The growing market for books requiring a greater time commitment seems to have affected the average length of other...
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Posted Nov. 3, 2018

Book snobbery: don’t judge a reader by their chosen book

I recently watched the first episode of the new tv show You based on a young adult novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes. Within the first minute, the main character, a young man named Joe becomes infatuated with the female lead who visits the bookstore he works in....
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Posted Oct. 7, 2018

The emergence of the Black Madonna

The politicisation of art has ushered in a new wave of contemporary artists revaluating the depiction of religious figures in art and film. One such image is the Madonna who, although hailing from what would now be called Palestine, has long been depicted as a fair, blue-eyed blonde. Now, with...
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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

TV Picks: Favourite TV Couples

In celebration of Valentines Day, some of our writers have selected their favourite TV couples and the reasons why their love is some endearing to viewers. Eleanor and Chidi (The Good Place) – Mufaro Kapfunde  Existing on two entirely separate ethical spectrums, at first glance Eleanor and Chidi from The Good Place...
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Posted Feb. 15, 2018