A message from the lovely Joanna Lumley!

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Paul Woodward | 0 comments

We recently caught up with actress and literature-lover, Joanna Lumley to talk about her favourite poems and she had some lovely things to say about our guides!  Watch the video for more…


Harold Bloom #1: Did Shakespeare invent the human?

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Paul Woodward | 1 comment

The brilliant, but controversial, literary critic Harold BloomThe American critic Harold Bloom certainly thinks so. In his most controversial book,Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, he argues that Shakespeare is responsible for “the invention of the human, the inauguration of personality as we have come to understand it”. He is not merely claiming that Shakespeare was the first writer to write successfully abouthuman beings; he believes that Shakespeare created us – orrecreated us. “The dominant Shakespearean characters… are extraordinary instances not only of how meaning gets started, rather than repeated, but also of how new modes of consciousness come into being.” In other words, Shakespeare changed the way we think about ourselves, and others. Had he died young, before writing his great masterpieces, we “all of us might be gambolling about, but without mature Shakespeare we would be very different, because we would think and feel and speak differently.”
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