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Tim Mehigan reviews Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, philosophy and J.M. Coetzee edited by Patrick Hayes and Jan Wilm

Tim Mehigan
25 March 2019

Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, philosophy and J.M. Coetzee is a new collection of essays on J.M. Coetzee, perhaps the most important author of imaginative literature in t More

Richard Freadman reviews 'Portraits from Life: Modernist novelists and autobiography' by Jerome Boyd Maunsell

Richard Freadman
31 December 2018

H.G. Wells, in his Experiment in Autobiography (1934), describes Henry James as ‘a strange unnatural human being’ who ‘regarded his fellow creatures with a face of distress More

Billy Griffiths reviews 'Burning Planet' by Andrew C. Scott

Billy Griffiths
27 November 2018

A few years ago I walked through a burning landscape with a young archaeobotanist, Xavier. We were in Arnhem Land, and the local Indigenous landowners had lit a low-intensity fire – a co More

Robert Dessaix reviews 'The Origins of Dislike' by Amit Chaudhuri

Robert Dessaix
27 November 2018

There is something oddly Jesuitical about this arresting, if not quite thrilling, collection of essays in defence of Modernism (and so modernity). It may be Krishna that Amit Chaudhuri cha More

Josh Specht reviews 'The Indian World of George Washington' by Colin G. Calloway

Joshua Specht
01 November 2018

As a young man, George Washington (1732–99) worked as a surveyor. Looking at a landscape, he could plan its division into orderly tracts. These skills would prove useful when he became t More

Kate Burridge reviews 'The Australian National Dictionary, Second Edition' edited by Bruce Moore

Kate Burridge
23 September 2016

The appearance of a new dictionary is always exciting, and the publication of the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary is certainly cause for celebration ...

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Kate Burridge reviews 'The Utility of Meaning' by N.J. Enfield

Kate Burridge
18 December 2015

Words and their meanings, more than any other aspects of language, hold a special fascination for people. Perhaps it is because, unlike these other features (which are set down during childhood), they continue to be acquired throughout one's lifetime. Words and their meanings are also intimately tied to the life and culture of speakers, and all sorts of perspectives ... More

Andrew Alexandra reviews 'In Defence of War' by Nigel Biggar

Andrew Alexandra
27 May 2014

This book by Nigel Biggar, Anglican minister and Oxford Professor of Theology, is in the rich and broad tradition of thinking about war known as Just War Theory (JWT). JWT sees war as just More

Wilfrid Prest reviews 'The Reformation of the Landscape' by Alexandra Walsham

Wilfrid Prest
24 November 2011

Australian universities have long taught early modern (c.1500–1750) English/British and European history, but with Alexandra Walsham’s recent appointment as the first female t More