Memorials are based on retrospective interpretations of the past. How, then, can one stop the present from muddying the past? Catherine Nock assesses the difficulties of upholding artistic legacy and the controversy surrounding a planned Virginia Woolf statue.
Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in literature, has surged to the top of bestseller lists. Catherine Nock reviews his latest novel, Afterlives, and discusses the impact of receiving such high critical acclaim.
Texts labelled as “classics” often seem static and immovable as they maintain a firm position within literary history. A newly discovered Tennessee Williams story, however, makes us rethink this preconception. Catherine Nock explores this recent publication and how it destabilises our notion of the literary canon.