Bluebeard: The Origin Story
Books and Stuff / Fifteenth Century / Lit Crit / Seventeenth Century / Twentieth Century / Women

Bluebeard: The Origin Story

Bluebeard is an odd fairy tale. Unremarkably, for anyone who knows the tale, it has not managed to join its more child-friendly fellows in the Disney hall of fame. Though many of us know that the original Cinderella involved slicing parts off young women’s feet and eyes being pecked out by birds, the discovery of … Continue reading

‘Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head? :  The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
20th C Poetry / Books and Stuff / Lit Crit / Poetry / Twentieth Century

‘Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head? : The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

This is the second post in my series on T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922). It’s a poem that I never managed to study, but which has always intrigued me. These posts are a record of my attempts to get to grips with one of the most revolutionary poems of all time. Click here … Continue reading

‘I will show you fear in a handful of dust’ : The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
Books and Stuff / Lit Crit / Poetry / Twentieth Century

‘I will show you fear in a handful of dust’ : The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) is similar to many great poems in that I read it once at university and then shoved it hastily back on the shelf and decided to find something else to use for my essay. However, I was browsing my bookshelf the other day and, after amusing myself by reading through … Continue reading

Palacio Real de Madrid
18th C Art / 18th C Interiors / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / Europe / History / Travel

Palacio Real de Madrid

I recently returned from a trip to the lovely city of Madrid and was taken aback by how much I enjoyed my time there. I think Madrid is sometimes over shadowed by the allure of Barcelona, which attractively pairs culture and history with beaches and clubs. However, I loved Madrid and was already thinking about … Continue reading

Piquet: Or Virtue in Danger
18th C Art / 18th C Fashion / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / History / Women

Piquet: Or Virtue in Danger

This is just a short blog post discussing one painting by one of my favourite 18th century characters, William Hogarth. His pieces were often designed as social commentary/criticism so there is lots to unpack and you can link these images to how people saw the world around them. I’ve written about a couple before in … Continue reading

‘Illusion is the first of all pleasures’
18th C Art / 19th C Art / Eighteenth Century / Nineteenth Century / Paintings

‘Illusion is the first of all pleasures’

Trompe l’oeil is an art technique of using realistic imagery to create works which appear to be three dimensional. Trompe l’oeil is French for ‘ to trick or deceive the eye’. Though it has evolved throughout the centuries, it is a technique of painting which stretches back into antiquity. There is an ancient Greek story … Continue reading