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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 […]

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Essay RevUU Autumn 2020

Welcome to the Self-Help Era

Where Reading Novels Is a Waste of Time By Laura Hoogenraad “As Charlotte looks at the titles The Woman’s Comfort Book; The Path to Love; Excuse me, your life is waiting; Please Understand Me Too – she couldn’t bear the thought that she belonged there.” We hear Carrie’s dramatic voiceover as we look at Charlotte […]

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Essay RevUU Autumn 2020

Why Don’t We Calm Cancel Culture Down?

By Siqi Zhu You can cancel a YouTube subscription if you find it dull and boring. You can cancel Amazon orders if you fill in the wrong address. And in recent years, we’ve come to the realisation that we can even cancel other people. In brief, to “cancel people” is to publicly oppose their problematic […]