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Young Adult

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The concept of the ‘young adult’, also synonymous with adolescence and youth, is one which is heavily context-dependent. Over time, the perception of the concept has shifted from merely a developmental outlook to one which is also bound by a socio-cultural understanding. Broadly, it is believed to be a stage between childhood and adulthood, and is influenced by several social, economical and cultural factors.

Orientalism

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Orientalism refers to a long tradition of Western representations of the Orient as exotic and 'non-coeval' with the West.
Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson: An Author in Hiding

Paper
Bethany Maclachlan
03/05/2021
15 minutes to read

This paper explores the authorial postures of the American writer Shirley Jackson, and how her reluctance to engage in self presentation results in a posture similar to that of the dead author; one that is hidden.

The Era of Audio: The rise of podcasts

Article
Savina Karneva
08/09/2021
17 minutes to read

This paper focuses on the growth of the podcast industry and its development over the years. It tackles the role of social media influencers and celebrities in that growth and the social effects of this new trend. 

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Human Minds and Animal Stories, or How Narratives Shape Attitudes (Malecki, Sorokowski, Pawlowski, Cienski)

Review
Luiza Dubicka
07/12/2020
12 minutes to read

Human Minds and Animal Stories takes a look at how stories can change human attitudes towards other species. A change in attitudes can lead to change in our current practices involving animals. Can an academic publication reach a broader audience?

Questionnaire literary reading & attention

Questionnaire
Inge van de Ven
27/11/2020

Who likes to read and wants to help researchers to find out about reading & attention? Fill out the questionnaire (also available in Dutch)!

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Literary Activism: Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend but the Mountains

Column
Odile Heynders
19/11/2020
6 minutes to read

Kurdish journalist / philosopher Behrouz Boochani spent nearly 5 years in a detainee camp on Manus island texting messages from a hidden mobile phone. The messages were composed to a literary novel, winning a prestigeous prize in 2018.