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

Paul Greatrix, registrar, University of Nottingham, is reading Michel Houellebecq's Submission (William Heinemann, 2015). "Houellebecq, known as the bad boy of French literature, doesn't disappoint in his latest, set in 2022, in which François, a middle-aged academic with an increasingly empty life, comes to terms with Islamic law under a new political regime in France. A clever and at times extremely disturbing novel. Handle with care."

Jane O'Grady, lecturer at the London School of Philosophy, is reading Natasha and Anthony O'Hear's Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts over Two Millennia (Oxford University Press, 2015). "The Apocalypse, last book of the Bible, has inspired a cornucopia of paintings, tapestries, altarpieces, cartoons and films. Many are discussed in this extraordinary book, which shows how variously, but perennially, these lurid imaginings of divinely ordained war, plague, famine and destruction have appealed to our feelings of doom and revenge, while asking how they can be reconciled with a God of love."

June Purvis, professor of women's and gender history, University of Portsmouth, is rereading Emmeline Pankhurst's My Own Story (Vintage, 2015). "Pankhurst's 1914 autobiography has been reissued by Vintage with the film star Carey Mulligan on the front cover against a background of purple, white and green, the colours of the women's suffrage movement, to coincide with the release of the inspirational feature film Suffragette. …

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