WRoCAH Journal Issue 1: Editorial

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the WRoCAH Student Journal. We hope that you will agree with us that it’s been a long time coming! The WRoCAH network is bursting with potential and our plans for this journal are no less ambitious. We aim to provide a platform for you, our fellow students, to share and showcase your research, your …

‘Islam, State and Secularism’: Assessing the Perceived Conflicts between Islam and Secularism

Download Article pdf ‘Islam, State and Secularism’: Assessing the Perceived Conflicts between Islam and Secularism Iram bostan, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds. Lw10ib@leeds.ac.uk Introduction The debate regarding the compatibility of Islam and secularism has become increasingly prominent in modern times. Numerous scholars[1] have stressed that within Islam there can be no distinction amongst politics and religion, …

‘White guilt’: a new excuse for another colonialist move? ‘First World Feminism’ and ‘Third World Women’ in The Help

Download Article pdf ‘White guilt’: a new excuse for another colonialist move? ‘First World Feminism’ and ‘Third World Women’ in The Help Montserrat Vilariño Vieytes, School of English, University of Leeds en15mvv@leeds.ac.uk Introduction The great success achieved by Tate Taylor’s film The Help (2011) is not surprising given that, once again, the opinions that reach the public audience seem to …

Compassion, Care and Emotion in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur and Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Download Article pdf Compassion, Care and Emotion in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur and Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Sophie bannister, School of English, University of Leeds en14seb@leeds.ac.uk The role of the ‘carer’ figure in Arthurian literature has only ever been briefly touched upon by critics. This article looks to rectify this, using two prominent literary …

When Fabliau Humour in Chaucer’s The Miller’s Prologue and Tale meets Chinese Translation and Culture

Download Article pdf When Fabliau Humour in Chaucer’s The Miller’s Prologue and Tale meets Chinese Translation and Culture Xiaolei Sun, School of English, University of Leeds enxs@leeds.ac.uk As the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer is not only famous in English-speaking countries, but also enjoys world-wide popularity. Most readers in China read Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (CT) in Chinese translations. …

Paul Celan and the Poetics of Anxiety

Download Article pdf Paul Celan and the Poetics of Anxiety Dominic o’key, School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies, University of Leeds En10dok@leeds.ac.uk precarious = the poetic as the precarious –––Paul Celan, ‘Drafts’, in The Meridian[1] There is something inherently precarious about anxiety. When conceptualizing the dreadful affect in 1844, Søren Kierkegaard posits that anxiety is located in ‘the nothing’, that …

Reconciling conflicts between the built heritage and sustainability: the adaptive re-use of school buildings

Download Article pdf Reconciling conflicts between the built heritage and sustainability: the adaptive re-use of school buildings Joanne Harrison, Department of Archeology, University of York Jh1637@york.ac.uk Introduction Sustainable development is that which ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ and in its most holistic sense, applies to the environment, …

Beauty in the Eye of the Evaluator: Thinking on the Poetic Thought of Richard Payne Knight in The Landscape

Download Article pdf Beauty in the Eye of the Evaluator: Thinking on the Poetic Thought of Richard Payne Knight in The Landscape Brian Miller, School of English, University of Leeds en15blm@leeds.ac.uk In the fourth chapter of Nature, published in 1836, Ralph Waldo Emerson resolutely declared the substance of thought in linguistic exchange to be traceable to material concrete reality, the …