People ask why I am fascinated by writing of the English Civil War. I think it’s because of the striking relevance it strikes with the modern age as we know it. … More Solitariness: A Sweet Side-Note
This notion of ‘retirement’ is curious. Of course, it features heavily in my research capacity. Marvell, by his own admission, favoured ‘modest retirement’. There are entire realms of conscience and casuistry to be explored when examining someone’s choice of the passive ‘private’ life over the active ‘public’ life. … More “Retirement”
With student protests, planned anarchy, university sit-ins, the attack on the Royal cavalcade, we have attempted revolution on our streets once again. Here, it becomes necessary to divide the issues from the vitriolic protests that were carried out in response. … More Private Education: Universities, Fees, and Futures
Hypocrisy often challenges us because it is flagrantly public. So what of Andrew Marvell’s satire on Tom May, who switched his allegiances to Parliament? … More Public Hypocrites and Private Anger: Tom May’s Death
Today I am presenting ‘Marvell in Manuscript and Print, 1649-1665’ at the English Postgraduate Forum in Leicester. Thoughts here on storytelling and expanding frontiers. … More Marvell in Manuscript and Print
Privacy appears to offer control, but in today’s climate it takes plenty away too. A few notes on ‘exposure’ and ‘control’. … More Exposure and Control
The new temptation is no longer a stray drink or takeaway but new forms of social networking.
It is a fruitful time to be studying the intellectual history of privacy. Privacy has been connected with print and politics since the seventeenth century, and has become a permanent fixture in current news. … More Privacy, Print, and Politics