Daniel Binney, George McKay, Roger Morgan, Vanessa Pupavac and Sharon Wheeler...

A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

June 26, 2014

Daniel Binney, postgraduate administrator, department of history, Classics and archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, is reading Nietzsche on Art and Life (Oxford University Press, 2014), edited by Daniel Came. “If only modernity knew what it risked in philistinism. This is a fine collection of subtle and coherent reflections on a major theme of Nietzschean obscurantism: mythologising the world through art to make it bearable. Rewarding, accessible and a nod to the prescriptivism of a philosopher often taken merely to be a Kulturkritik.”

Book review: Music, Style, and Aging: Growing Old Disgracefully?, by Andy Bennett

George McKay, AHRC leadership fellow for the Connected Communities programme, University of Salford, is reading Andy Bennett’s Music, Style, and Aging: Growing Old Disgracefully? (Temple University Press, 2013). “Can you be a punk rocker without looking like one? If you’re in your fifties? With thinning hair that won’t stand up in a Mohican? Fiftysomething Bennett’s sparkling short study dispenses with nostalgia and looking your age and extends our understanding of youth music subcultures beyond youth. No future? Of course there is!”

Book review: Now and Then, This and That, by Logie Bruce-Lockhart

Roger Morgan, former professor of political science, European University Institute, is reading Logie Bruce Lockhart’s Now and Then, This and That (Larks Press, 2013). “The recollections and reflections of a remarkable headmaster. The author, following a University of Cambridge career marked by distinction in modern languages and rugby football, was appointed in his early thirties to the headship of the open-minded Gresham’s School. He ran it for several decades, and his frank thoughts on the management of teachers and teenagers (and on much else) should appeal to anyone concerned with education.”

Book review: The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes), by Henri Alain-Fournier

Vanessa Pupavac, senior lecturer in international relations, University of Nottingham, is reading Henri Alain-Fournier’s The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) (Penguin, 2007). “ ‘But can one return to the past?’ asks the young François. The First World War looms between us and Alain-Fournier, killed in 1914, and his lyrical 1913 novel of adolescent love in rural France. Yet the novel’s fatal enchantments testify to a cultural nihilism impatient with ‘living like everyone else’. ‘In death alone…I may perhaps recapture the beauty of that time.’ ”

Book review: Fan: A Novel, by Danny Rhodes

Sharon Wheeler, senior lecturer in journalism, University of Portsmouth, is reading Danny Rhodes’ Fan: A Novel (Arcadia, 2014). “I remember exactly where I was on 15 April 1989, when 96 Liverpool supporters were killed and hundreds injured at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, and Rhodes’ bleak novel brings back at a sweep that grim era when football fans died at matches. This painfully compelling tale of a fan who, 20 years on, can never forget that day is like a relentless drumbeat inside your head; a silent scream demanding to be heard.”

Times Higher Education free 30-day trial

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Head of Visual Arts UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE
Research Officer - Big Data for Better Outcomes LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS & POLITICAL SCIENCE LSE
Lecturer in Oral Microbiology UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Most Commented

question marks PhD study

Selecting the right doctorate is crucial for success. Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman share top 10 tips on how to pick a PhD

India, UK, flag

Sir Keith Burnett reflects on what he learned about international students while in India with the UK prime minister

Pencil lying on open diary

Requesting a log of daily activity means that trust between the institution and the scholar has broken down, says Toby Miller

Application for graduate job
Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2016
Construction workers erecting barriers

Directly linking non-EU recruitment to award levels in teaching assessment has also been under consideration, sources suggest