The Problem with “Social Progress”: LGBT History Should Teach Us To Challenge The Present, Not Assume Everything Is Sorted

Inspired by responses to the recent National Theatre Live production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Adam Kirkbride contemplates the dangers that arise when we assume the problems of the past are no longer visited upon the present.

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Now That’s What I Call Life on the Literature Programme 2018: A Retrospective (2/3)

This week, as a new year begins, we are taking a look back over the past 12 months and celebrating everything that’s happened here on the Literature programme this year. In this post, we’ll be rounding up the big stories from the blog. We don’t have room to mention them all, but here are the ones that made a real splash on the blog!

Tomorrow  be hearing what you said about your time with us in 2018. 

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“Keep Your Mind Open to Contagious Ideas”: A Reflection on the 2018 Words Matter Lecture by Dr Jo Waugh

By Erin Byrne

On Thursday 11th October, Dr Jo Waugh delivered the Literature Programme’s annual ‘Words Matter’ lecture, this year exploring the topic of Literature and Contagion. Regular Blog Writer Erin Bryne was on the scene.

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Comfort Reads: It’s a Kind of Funny Story

By Lucy Pettigrew

From 8-12 October (THIS WEEK!) York St John University is holding its inaugural ‘Comfort Reads Week’, hosted by ILE as part of Libraries Week. This week of events seeks to celebrate and explore the power of reading for wellbeing. To get in the mood, we asked our students to tell us about their favourite comfort reads. In this post, Lucy Pettigrew shares her love for Ned Vizzini’s It’s a Kind of Funny Story.

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