(This is the fourth of five posts I have written about the Modern British Studies Conference in Birmingham in July. For an overview of the posts, see here: http://wp.me/p3QdQ9-3c) If the past is a foreign country, most of the guide books are written by people who have never been to the places they describe. Imagination […]Read more "Creative History"
Many of the historians I most respect and those who have most influenced me have been inspired – whether explicitly or more vaguely – by the idea that the personal is historical. From feminist, women’s, and gender historians, through historians of the body, family, masculinity, and emotions, to the detectives of selfhood and sexuality, I […]Read more "Make Yourself a Character?"
(This is the third of five posts on themes that I found important at the Modern British Studies conference in Birmingham at the start of July. See http://wp.me/p3QdQ9-3c) The problem in this post is fairly easily expressed, but I don’t pretend to have a solution: how can we do justice to the variety and idiosyncrasy of culture […]Read more "Diversity vs Political Relevance"