Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Katerina Deligiorgi, reader in philosophy, University of Sussex, is reading The Impact of Idealism: The Legacy of Post-Kantian German Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2013), edited by Nicholas Boyle and Liz Disley. "This is a striking achievement: in four volumes of essays, across a range of topics, from religion to aesthetics and from science to politics, leading scholars examine the influence of post-Kantian idealism across disciplines and philosophical traditions. An invaluable research and teaching resource, this collection demonstrates the vitality of German idealism and its relevance to contemporary thought."

Helen Fulton, professor of medieval literature, University of Bristol, is reading Alan M. Kent's The Theatre of Cornwall: Space, Place, Performance (Westcliffe Books, 2010). "Anyone who thinks a history of Cornish theatre must be a very short book should try to lift this 900-page blockbuster. From Arthur to the environment, Cornwall's theatre evokes the landscape and community of a region that thinks it is a nation. Periodic revivals of folk drama signify a vigorous cultural nationalism that thumbs its nose at England."

Sir John Holman, emeritus professor of chemistry, University of York, is reading John Dos Passos' Manhattan Transfer (Penguin, 2000). "I wish I'd begun my self-introduction to Modernist literature with this instead of Ulysses. It's a kaleidoscope of a book whose picture of high and low life in 1920s New York is painted through short interlocking episodes, more like cinema than a book. …

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