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
20th C Poetry / 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

Flowers and Flutes: Monet’s House and the Museum of Impressionism
19th C Art / 20th C Art / Nineteenth Century / Twentieth Century

Flowers and Flutes: Monet’s House and the Museum of Impressionism

Determined to make the most of my last few weeks in France, I found myself on a train headed towards the small town of Vernon in Northern France. After a hop across the river Seine I was in the village of Giverny, home to Claude Monet’s House and Gardens. Perhaps the most famous of Monet’s … Continue reading