Her Property: White Women as Slave Mistresses in the Antebellum South

Author: Pavani Athukorala Sub-editor: Molly Lidgerwood Editor: Julia Richards Content Warnings: slavery, racism, and sexual abuse That the Antebellum Southern belle, long-mythologised as a wisp of delicate submission and refined piety, could bear witness and contribute to the barbarities of slavery seems unfathomable. Many scholars have, in fact, been loath to consider it. This essay,… Continue reading Her Property: White Women as Slave Mistresses in the Antebellum South

Gender Fluidity in the Late Middle Ages: a case study of Saint Wilgefortis

Author: Allegra McCormack Sub-editor: Emerson Hurley Editor: Julia Richards Within late medieval Europe, gender fluidity was often understood in terms of transgression or rejection of prevailing social, political and theological expectations. While social performances of gender were heavily influenced by a strict gender binary, some miracle stories provided a space where gender fluidity was more… Continue reading Gender Fluidity in the Late Middle Ages: a case study of Saint Wilgefortis

The Parthenon Marbles: Ancient Meaning, Colonialism and the Importance of Mythologised History in the Modern Debate

Author: Indigo Coulson Sub-editor: Maija Drezins The removal of the Parthenon Marbles by the British Lord Elgin in the 19th century, when Athens was under Ottoman rule, is the source of modern debate surrounding where the marbles should be displayed in the 21st century. Though many of the Marbles currently reside in the British Museum,… Continue reading The Parthenon Marbles: Ancient Meaning, Colonialism and the Importance of Mythologised History in the Modern Debate

Amnesty for All, Satisfaction for Few: The plan to ‘draw a line’ beneath Northern Ireland’s Troubles

Author: Lachlan Forster Sub-editor: Charlotte Allan January 30th, 2022, marked the fiftieth anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’, in which a peaceful protest within the Northern Irish city of Derry descended into tragedy after soldiers of the British Parachute Regiment opened fire upon an unarmed crowd, hitting 26 and killing 14. It’s near unfathomable to think that… Continue reading Amnesty for All, Satisfaction for Few: The plan to ‘draw a line’ beneath Northern Ireland’s Troubles

Gender Performativity in Early Modern English Theatre

Author: Molly Lidgerwood Sub-editor: Charlotte Allan Early modern England was a place charged with transformations, including experimentations with gender boundaries and relations. In this period, gender was signified through dress and cross-dressing was a way to reject social expectations of conventional masculinity and femininity. This fluidity and subversion of dress was supported by the theatre… Continue reading Gender Performativity in Early Modern English Theatre