To Extinguishing Any Trace of Natural Beauty: A Defence of Hegel Against Adorno

DAVID GOULD, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds fh16dg@leeds.ac.uk ‘Reflection on natural beauty is irrevocably requisite to the theory of art.’[1] Nature is very often considered to be that which has not been modified through human activity. By extension, natural beauty emanates from the unblemished corners and cracks of the world. This image, …

The Pastoral Tradition: Representations of a Golden Age in Shakespeare, Marvell and Behn

MIRIAM MAGRO, School of English, University of Sheffield mmagro1@sheffield.ac.uk The Golden Age is a common theme in the pastoral works of William Shakespeare, Andrew Marvell and Aphra Behn, and refers to a time at the beginning of human history in which people lived ‘in perfect harmony with nature’ and ideal happiness, centred on Arcadia.[1] The association of the Golden Age …

Beyond Sebald: New Trajectories in Sebald Studies – Workshop Report

Beyond Sebald

IAN ELLISON, DOMINIC O’KEY, School of English, University of Leeds mlime@leeds.ac.uk, en10dok@leeds.ac.uk W.G. Sebald’s writing is well known for its bricolage of styles, genres, modalities, and interests. Combining fiction with photography, travel writing with memoir, and essay with historiography, Sebald’s generic complexity has engendered a variety of critical responses inside and outside of the academy. Over the past decade, the most …

Editorial

With this, the fantastic fourth issue of the WRoCAH Student Journal, we come to a crucial point for the team.  As we prepare to bid farewell to some of our original members and express our gratitude for their hard work in setting the journal up, we must of course also thank our authors and reviewers for their valuable contributions, without …

Emersonian Language in Marcel Proust’s À la Recherche du Temps Perdu

GEORGIA WALTON, School of English, University of Leeds en10gw@leeds.ac.uk Upon a surprise encounter with his own article published in La Figaro, the narrator of Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu (1913-1927) considers the transmission of meaning from author to reader: Although I was well aware that many people who read this article would find it detestable, at the …

Stranded Between Malinchismo and Marianismo: Rape and Virginity in Isabel Allende’s La Casa de los Espíritus and Albalucía Angel’s Misiá Señora

JORGE SARASOLA, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sheffield jsarasolaherrera@sheffield.ac.uk The ‘Madre Virgen’ [Virgin Mother] and the ‘Madre Violada’ [Raped Mother] are two pervasive images of womanhood in Latin America, which inform the broader myths of marianismo and malinchismo. The first section of this article will briefly sketch the genealogy of these mythical constructions, before exploring their treatment in …

‘Beauty be the Prey of the Strong’: Curation and Characterisation in Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten at the Bavarian State Opera

CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG, Department of Music, University of York, ca585@york.ac.uk In the early years of his career, the Austrian composer Franz Schreker was regarded by the public as a progressive artist and a somewhat provocative figure in musical society. With their complex scores and controversial subject matter, his operas were surrounded by an air of scandal.[1] His 1918 opera, Die Gezeichneten …

Thicket

JAMES LEWIS, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield jhplewis1@sheffield.ac.uk Just as our thicket is such a tangle of fool’s parsley, briars so the sea soft grey face is thick with jellyfish, a countless hoard of unthought vowels in choral silence Here, blessed, washed in silver light off the sea I catch for once the whispered throb from somewhere: To scamper …