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Essay RevUU Spring 2021

Storytelling and Solitude: Covid-19 pandemic edition

Ella van Driel is a New Zealand/Dutch writer working on her M.A. focused on literature and publication at Utrecht University. Ella is Chief Editor for the spring issue of RevUU. Her interests are in metafiction and the contextual relevance of literary works, and she has a love for incorporating her interest in historical fiction and […]

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Essay RevUU Spring 2021

Lover’s confession

Mikołaj Bać is a writer and photographer as well as a student in Utrecht University in contemporary literary studies, particularly interested in gender and intercultural approach. He’s also about to finish his first non-fiction book concerning the culture of Upper-Mustang as well as head of the design section of Rev_UU. Photo by Izabela Makocka References:  […]

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Essay RevUU Spring 2021

Mothers Are People Too, and They Deserve a Lollipop

by Annika van Leeuwen New authors are often bombarded with advice about plot structure and character building. An often repeated piece of advice about characters is that you need to think about what your characters want and what they need – and the discrepancy between these two. This, the helpful experienced author says, is how […]

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Essay RevUU Spring 2021

Wreck or be Wrecked: Capitalism and the Ubiquitous Appeal of Millennial Fiction

Wreck or be Wrecked: Capitalism and the Ubiquitous Appeal of Millennial Fiction by Iulia Ivana We are the avocado toast generation, the internet proclaims. We are spoiled, rootless, and use too much irony as a way of diluting our existential anxiety. Moreover, according to Bret Easton Ellis, the so-called “bad boy” of 1980s American literature, […]

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Essay RevUU Spring 2021

The Giddy Relief of Reading Rebecca

THE GIDDY RELIEF OF READING REBECCA   (A conversation between the common reader and her brilliant friend)  by Maria Świątkowska It happens sometimes. In fact, it happens all the time. I’m reading a Classic. A Classic is supposed to pertain to humanity, of which I am a part. Which is to say: I am human. Or so I like to think.  And […]

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Essay RevUU Spring 2021

We Are Far From Polished, Far From Pristine: The Impossibility of Finding a Perfect Translator

Kayleigh Herber is an MA Literary Translation (EN-NL) graduate currently working as a freelance translator. She specialises in texts that incorporate more than one (eye-)dialect of English and literary fiction. Her other interests include the metatext and real-life context of historical fiction as well as contemporary multi-media poetry on women’s issues.  Photo by Kayleigh Herber […]

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Essay RevUU Autumn 2020

The Privilege of White Authors

My Dark Vanessa and Excavation: Who Can Write (White) What? By Ariane Dijckmeester In the first half of 2020, Kate Elizabeth Russell made a splash in the literary scene, before her debut novel My Dark Vanessa had even been released. Russell’s novel, which depicts the disturbing and deeply psychological romance between a student and a […]

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Essay RevUU Autumn 2020

In Defence of Cancel Culture

The War on Free Speech By Mayke Keller Cancel culture has become the norm of the literary world. Anonymous social media users, Twitter mobs, and Goodread bloggers have taken upon themselves the authority to cancel everyone and everything they deem as problematic. With success. Books get pulled, works get burned, authors get bullied into leaving […]

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Essay RevUU Autumn 2020

Is Our Poetic Soul Safe?

By Runcong Liu Whether or not you keep abreast of recent developments in artificial intelligence, you have probably come across news about Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (commonly known as GPT-3), a language model released by the AI laboratory OpenAI this summer. “Feed me a prompt, I will repay you whatever you want.” If GPT-3 can speak, that is probably how it will […]

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Essay RevUU Autumn 2020

J.K. Rowling Has Gone and ‘Expelliarmussed’ Herself

By Annick Smithers A question that many a Harry Potter fan has asked themselves this year is: what should I do with all my favourite books? J.K. Rowling has come under fire for expressing her transphobic opinions on Twitter, and many fans are now turning their backs on the author who has previously meant so […]