Welcome to the seventh issue of The Oxford Polyglot
This has been a term like none before it. In the Middle Ages and the early-modern era some colleges had country houses to which they fled when the plague was at the City Gate. We have not had that luxury – but then Boccaccio didn’t have Teams. Lockdown started just as most students were leaving at the end of Hilary Term. It continued through the whole of Trinity Term, including the exams. Resilience, cheerfulness and generosity of spirit came to the fore as the whole of the academic community made the transition to online tutorials, lectures and even exams.
Emily McLaughlin’s first book, Yves Bonnefoy and Jean-Luc Nancy. Ontological Performance, came out during lockdown. Since a launch was impossible, we caught up with Emily virtually and asked her a few questions.
Dr Marie Kawthar Daouda is a stipendiary lecturer in French at Oriel. To celebrate the publication of her book, L’Anti-Salomé. Représentations de la féminité bienveillante au temps de la Décadence (1850-1910), here is a virtual interview…
On 31 January – 1 February 2020, a two-day colloquium Modern Greek Studies in the 21st Century: Perspectives and Practices in Cultural Analysis, launched a TORCH International Partnership between the universities of Oxford and Amsterdam.