Margaret Clunies Ross, University of Sydney Icelanders love books, both reading and writing them, and in recent years translations of contemporary Icelandic literature have made it into bookshops and literary … Continue Reading Guide to the classics: The Icelandic Saga
Rachael Durkin, Edinburgh Napier University In 1887, Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, was published after a long period of rejections. The detective finally made … Continue Reading Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Forged Stradivari: Did We Miss a Vital Clue For 130 Years?
The fire that devastated the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on April 15 is a historic event that reminds us of the symbolic power of national monuments.
Chris Mackie, La Trobe University The Odyssey of Homer is a Greek epic poem that tells of the return journey of Odysseus to the island of Ithaca from the war … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Homer’s Odyssey
Tanika Koosmen, University of Newcastle The werewolf is a staple of supernatural fiction, whether it be film, television, or literature. You might think this snarling creature is a creation of … Continue Reading The Ancient Origins of Werewolves
Frances Di Lauro, University of Sydney Abandon all hope, ye who enter here! So warns the inscription on the gates of the inferno, the first realm of Dante Alighieri’s celebrated … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Dante’s Divine Comedy
Sam George, University of Hertfordshire The story of Count Dracula as many of us know it was created by Bram Stoker, an Irishman, in 1897. But most of the action … Continue Reading Older Than Dracula: In Search of the English Vampire
Chris Mackie, La Trobe University The Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil is an epic poem in 12 books that tells the story of the foundation of Rome from the … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Virgil’s Aeneid
James Kierstead, Victoria University of Wellington Last November, I ran my first marathon, the “Athens Authentic”. I did it mainly because I wanted to follow in the footsteps of the … Continue Reading The Uncertain Origins of the Modern Marathon
Vampire’s Rebirth: From Monstrous Undead Creature to Sexy and Romantic Byronic Seducer in One Ghost Story
Sam George, University of Hertfordshire Victorian physician John Polidori took the vampire out of the forests of eastern Europe, gave him an aristocratic lineage and placed him into the drawing … Continue Reading Vampire’s Rebirth: From Monstrous Undead Creature to Sexy and Romantic Byronic Seducer in One Ghost Story
Robert Morrison, Queen’s University, Ontario Vampires have stalked humans for thousands of years, but it was just two hundred years ago that a young English doctor named John Polidori introduced … Continue Reading Perverse Passions That Will Not Die: The Modern Vampire First Walked Among Us Two Centuries Ago
John Attridge, UNSW Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – or “The Heart of Darkness”, as it was known to its first readers – was first published as a serial in … Continue Reading How Conrad’s Imperial Horror Story Heart of Darkness Resonates With our Globalised Times
Julia Kindt, University of Sydney and Tanya Latty, University of Sydney Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (originally published in 1859) shares a deplorable fate with many other classics: … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species
Rebecca Hausler, The University of Queensland and Tomoko Aoyama, The University of Queensland Celebrating its millennial anniversary in 2008, The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) is a masterpiece of Japanese … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: The Tale of Genji, a 1,000-Year-Old Japanese Masterpiece
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University Sometime in the 9th century AD, a monk in the Benedictine monastery of Fulda in modern Germany copied out an extensive Latin history into Carolingian minuscule, … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Tacitus’ Annals and its Enduring Portrait of Monarchical Power
Leah Tether, University of Bristol Type “Holy Grail” into Google and … well, you probably don’t need me to finish that sentence. The sheer multiplicity of what any search engine … Continue Reading What Exactly is the Holy Grail – and Why Has its Meaning Eluded Us For Centuries?