Thu 30 Jun 2016
No country in the world faces the problems of garbage and waste that India does. With a population density 2.5 times greater than China’s and 30 per cent of people now living in rapidly growing cities, there’s urgency about India’s confrontation with the steady rise of middle-class, throwaway life. That’s why the new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, used Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October 2014, to declare that o ...
Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern
Did poetry invent desire?
Sat 10 Aug 2013To burn with fever, pant with lust, or pine and waste away… We all know lyrics to modern pop songs about love. Such songs have been sung, the feelings and physical states they describe not much changed, for centuries. This talk goes back to medieval and early modern Europe to explore literary styles that continue to shape how we think and write about desire in the West today.