A Blog On The Relevance of Classic Literature In The Present Day

‘Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.’

Boris Pasternak

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Tolstoy: To Change The World, Change Thyself

In his seminal essay on Tolstoy’s theory of history, Isiah Berlin states, quoting Archilochus, that: ‘“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing” […] Tolstoy was by nature a fox, but believed in being a hedgehog’. This quotation shows the conflict in Tolstoy’s thought between individual parts and a unifying whole. … Continue reading Tolstoy: To Change The World, Change Thyself

Plot And Impulsivity: Stendhal’s ‘Disunity’

‘Stendhal himself would have accepted no limitations of his freedom… He wrote in a spirit of fearless liberty’ wrote Joseph Conrad in 1905. In a post-enlightenment, post-revolutionary France, Stendhal’s questioning of what constituted freedom and what constituted character became central to his work. Indeed, the number of unfinished works in his corpus suggests a certain … Continue reading Plot And Impulsivity: Stendhal’s ‘Disunity’

Censorship: Transcending Ordinary

A Case Study in Gogol and Bulgakov ‘Write “for the table” or risk their freedom by trying to make themselves heard in samizdat or tamizdat’ writes Goryaeva, succinctly adumbrating the dilemma faced by Russian authors of the Stalinist era. By censoring their own work, authors ended up undermining their own ideas in order to be … Continue reading Censorship: Transcending Ordinary

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About Me

Hi, I’m Cameron. I hold a degree in French and Russian from Oxford University. I am currently a Junior Correspondent for the OWP (https://theowp.org/) and contributor to Hermes Magazine. My main interests lie in the relationship between classic works of literature and modern day current affairs, as well as literary and philosophical criticism.