Harry Potter and the Politics of Anxiety: how J.K. Rowling imagined a world that wasn’t so mythical

Twenty years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. Aimed at young children and taking place in a magical universe where children fought evil sorcerers, ate jumping chocolate frogs and tackled three-headed dogs, the book reflected happy escapism with no real hidden message in its 223 pages. But over the years these millennial … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Politics of Anxiety: how J.K. Rowling imagined a world that wasn’t so mythical

Sussing out the soundtrack: Mathieu Kassovitz’s ‘La Haine’

La Haine is unlikely to be known for its soundtrack. It embodies more the violence and anger felt between the police and suburban youth of Paris, with no cinematic additions of a swooping orchestral accompaniment to compromise the integrity of the realism depicted. Despite this, music is not utterly absent. Though entering only sporadically, when … Continue reading Sussing out the soundtrack: Mathieu Kassovitz’s ‘La Haine’

What part do representations of family units perform in the assault on bourgeois attitudes articulated by French avant-garde playwrights?

“Every product of disgust that is capable of becoming a negation of the family is dada (Tristan Tzara).” What part do representations of family and family units perform in the assault on conservative (‘bourgeois’) attitudes articulated by the writers studied in this module? Answer with reference to at least two plays or practitioners. In the … Continue reading What part do representations of family units perform in the assault on bourgeois attitudes articulated by French avant-garde playwrights?