Category: Big Reads

New Routes, Medieval Roots: The Medieval Aesthetic and The Green Man Festival

The Green Man towers over us in the middle of a hilltop field, the face-of-foliage smiling skyward. His livery of greenery rustles gently in the wind. Behind him curls a snarling red dragon, and together they make a flammable tableau of medieval mythologies. It is a wet weekend in August at the Green Man Festival in Brecknockshire, rural Wales.

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Utopia in Translation: The Many Languages of J. M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus

On both sides of the Atlantic, rhetoricians of populism are calling for a revival of some utopian age: the nation state’s return to its former glory. Politicians are making America great again. They are taking back sovereignty over the United Kingdom and its borders, after decades of violation at the hands of its European neighbours. In this age of post-truth populism, countries are turning inwards to seek a homogenous utopian sphere that, like all utopias, never existed in the first place.

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