It is well known that history is written by the victors. The individuals in power are sculptors, who mould events and entire periods to reflect beneficially upon themselves. Despite facts being concrete, sometimes textbooks and the literary canon shatter these, acting like rose tinted glasses, constructed to distort the reality of the past. The triumph of those in power is carved into time, while the stories of minorities are left to decay and swept under the carpet when their accounts are deemed unacceptable for future generations. This is so often the case for the LGBTQ+ community. Continue reading Uncovering the Rainbow, Re-examining History from a Queer Perspective
In response to the historic gender exclusivity of their ‘Man of the Year’ issues, published for 72 years, TIME Magazine recently launched a project, recreating 100 covers, each celebrating a ‘Woman of the Year’ from 1920 to 2019. The project aims to turn the spotlight to the achievements of women which were historically overshadowed by those of their male counterparts. From renowned fashion icon Coco Chanel to mathematical revolutionary Emmy Noether, from the champion of Indian independence Amrit Kaur to sporting legend Serena Williams, TIME’s project truly presents an incredible compilation of female champions. Continue reading Making Herstory: How TIME is Foregrounding Women’s Excellence
It’s been nearly a century since F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 – painting a glossy, wealthy image of the 1920s Jazz era – and now, as we enter that same decade 100 years later, it seems a revival of Fitzgerald’s world is at the height of fashion, with nearly every NYE party on 31st December seemingly featuring flapper dresses and pinstriped suits. Continue reading Roaring 20s: The Enduring Dream of Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age
War has always been a popular subject on screen, with the First and Second World Wars finding themselves the focus of countless movies over the years. Dunkirk, War Horse, Schindler’s List, All Quiet on the Western Front, Saving Private Ryan … the list goes on. Now1917 joins the club, a thoughtful and immersive film that director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) co-wrote, inspired by his grandfather’s stories of the First World War. It follows two young lance corporals in the British army, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman, aka Tommen from Game of Thrones), who are given the impossible task of delivering a message across no man’s land to call off an impending attack. If they fail, thousands of soldiers, including Blake’s older brother, will die. Continue reading Politics on Screen: 1917
“Individually, we don’t have a say in the management of our university, but collectively we might” – an anonymous student from Kings College London supporting the industrial action of the 2018 academic strikes. Continue reading The UCU Strike and the Recent Cultural History of Strike Action.
Exeter isn’t exactly known for its nightlife, but who cares. Not all students are enraptured by clubbing into the early hours. What the city may lack in nightclubs it more than makes up for in culture and history. What originated as a charming medieval town has developed over the centuries into a thriving modern city that retains a distinct character that most students fall in … Continue reading Exeter Hot Spots
Many famous women in history (men too!) know how to dress well. Not only does it enhance their appearance, but it can demonstrate their power, their skills, the message they want to profess, their ambitions, to perfection. An outfit can shape this in more striking ways than a speech or a memorandum can, although these of course are often essential to success. Or, if you want to strip aside complexity, … Continue reading Fashion Shapes History: The Queens and their Wardrobes
Writing and publishing a novel in English is a daunting process, but imagine being faced with the task of writing one in your second, or third language. For some authors, writing in another language is a way for them to break away from the country, culture or background that they come from. It can give them the ability to speak about forbidden or taboo subjects, … Continue reading Refusing to be silenced