Tag: Summer reading
Frankenstein: Exploring the edges of science
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is perhaps society’s most famous story about overreaching human knowledge. As the science of artificial intelligence advances, has humanity ignored its warning?
Animal Farm: Rediscovering socialism
George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a damning fable of the USSR in the mid-twentieth century, while in 2015 Europe is witnessing a surge of left-wing support. Can socialism make a comeback?
Jane Eyre: Understanding mental health
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has defined ‘the madwoman in the attic’ for over 150 years. Our treatment of mental health problems has changed, but why are figures rising?
Anita and Me: Finding British identity
Anita and Me is a novel about friendship and growing up — but its heroine also struggles with her English and Indian identities. Is it possible to define what it means to be ‘British’?
Romeo and Juliet: Fighting gang culture
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two warring families who finally put aside their differences. Must it always take a tragedy to...