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    Reading the Revolution

    Sean Sheehan
    A plethora of new books has appeared this year, accompanied by a number of exhibitions, in response to the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the remarkable political energies it released worldwide throughout the twentieth century and its still contested historical legacy.
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    Speaking History

    Sean Sheehan
    Herodotus, "the father of history", is believed to have delivered excerpts of his work to a live audience, as a performer of sorts, displaying the results of his travels and research. He was part of a culture where literature was still essentially orally circulated, despite the "published" nature of his written text.
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    Wrong Train, Right Station

    Sean Sheehan
    William Blake placed Dante alongside the prophets of the Old Testament, Homer and Shakespeare as an embodiment of poetic genius and he worked studiously on a series of drawings illustrating episodes from the Divine Comedy in the last years of life.
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    Worlds in Words

    Sean Sheehan
    Scholarly research into ‘dead’ languages evolved over many centuries into an intellectual discipline which was to become the backbone of universities' humanities departments. The history of this progress is the subject of an impressive and hugely industrious new work.
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    But I Live in Dublin

    Sean Sheehan
    The Dublin Notebook, appearing as the seventh volume in OUP’s collected Hopkins, is an exemplary work of scholarship and from now any serious piece of writing about the last phase of Hopkins’s life will rely on and be grateful for the painstaking work of its two editors.
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    Joy for the Disillusioned

    Sean Sheehan
    At a time when the Bible’s importance is no longer at the centre of secular cultures, it is timely to consider the contribution of the Norton Critical Edition of the King James Bible. Detailed, yet accessible annotations demonstrate its continuing literary and artistic significance.
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    Takes All Kinds

    Sean Sheehan
    Herodotus was intensely interested in all forms of oddity or unfamiliarity, whether relating to human behaviour or geographical curiosity. Everything is a fish that comes into his net, yet he writes without any assumption of cultural superiority attaching to his status as a Greek.
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    Ulysses and Africa

    Sean Sheehan
    A new book seeks to consider writers' responses to Homer from an anticolonial or postcolonialist perspective.
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    The Curator of Chiaroscuro

    Sean Sheehan
    Sebastião Salgado’s latest book of photographs represents nature more as a New Age dream of harmony rather than the random mayhem and violent contingency it actually is.
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    Hopkins’s Wound

    Sean Sheehan
    Gerard Manley Hopkins was careless of the fate of his poems, treated his muse like a slut and her children as an unwanted and vaguely sinful burden.
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