Posts for Art/Literature/Culture

Dot and Billy: how love letters document the stories of lives torn apart by World War I

Sending my love. Agnes Kantaruk/Shutterstock Sian Nicholas, Aberystwyth University During World War I, the only way to keep in touch with loved ones who were serving in the armed forces […]

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World War I: the forgotten housewives who helped win the battle on the home front

Women were key to morale on the home front. Imperial War Museum (IWM), CC BY-ND Karen Hunt, Keele University As we wear poppies to mark the end of World War […]

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Disney’s Nutcracker: the latest movie to explore the dark side of fairy tales

Phpto by Laurie Sparham © 2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. Sylvie Magerstaedt, University of Hertfordshire Disney’s latest offering, Nutcracker and the Four Realms comes with a warning for anyone who might […]

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Wilfred Owen 100 years on: poet gave voice to a generation of doomed youth

Wilfred Owen was killed in action on November 4, 1918. Frontispiece from Poems of Wilfred Owen (1920) Wim Van Mierlo, Loughborough University For many people, most of what they know […]

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Samhain and the origins of Halloween

By Helen Shingler: Scary costumes, trick-or-treat or does Halloween mean something different to you? Trick-or-treating started in North America in the 1920s and I thought it was fairly recent in […]

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Halloween: five film and TV picks to watch on a dark scary evening

bbernard via Shutterstock Simon Brown, Kingston University As All Hallow’s Eve approaches, October is the time of year to embrace the macabre – and what better way to relax after […]

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Fantastic Beasts: Grindelwald, dark fantasies and secret societies

Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. Jaap Buitendijk, photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Marta Cobb, University of Leeds At the end of the Harry Potter fantasy prequel, Fantastic Beasts and […]

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Aretha Franklin: sublime soul diva whose voice inspired the civil rights movement

Leah Kardos, Kingston University It is no coincidence that two of Aretha Franklin’s celebrated contemporaries who travelled to Detroit to see the singer in the last stages of her illness […]

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How creativity on prescription can improve mental and physical health

Arts can benefit health in some unexpected ways. belushi/Shutterstock Hilary Bungay, Anglia Ruskin University The idea of arts on prescription and social prescribing may seem like a new one, but […]

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Tom and Jerry – and why they’re a cat and mouse double act for the ages

momokacma via Flickr, CC BY-SA Phillip Vaughan, University of Dundee They’ve been part of the backdrop to our lives for so long that it’s easy to forget that – in […]

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