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What is Love?

Wed 14 February 2018

On St Valentine’s Day, modern tradition dictates that we really ought to treat our loved one to a romantic meal, a bunch of flowers or watch a ‘rom-com’. At the very least we should buy a card. But that is modern tradition. What was love before it became a supermarket meal deal for two?

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Commemorating Columbus's arrival in the Caribbean Islands

Thu 01 August 2013

In 1992, commemorations took place across the world for the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Caribbean. While many were celebrating the explorer's voyage to, and 'discovery' of, the Americas, the Caribbean islands explored by Columbus demonstrated a more complex response. In her new book, Dr Fabienne Viala looks at the different attitudes of various islands towards Columbus, and what this reveals about their national identity, collective memory and approach to a colonial cultural heritage.

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Children of the (French) Revolution

Mon 01 July 2013

As the citizens of France celebrate La Fête Nationale (what the English speaking world refers to as Bastille Day), we thought you would like this short lego-based animation, made by Coventry primary school children after visiting the University of Warwick, to demonstrate their understanding of the French Revolution.

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Heinrich Von Kleist, Education and Violence

Mon 01 October 2012

Can education and violence ever be on the same spectrum? In this series of podcasts, Dr Seán Allan, Professor Ricarda Schmidt and Dr Steven Howe explore the life and work of Henrich von Kleist, a 'writer out of his time' whose work always courted contradiction and controversy.

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Americans Writing Venice: Edith Wharton and Henry James

Mon 03 October 2011

A Venetian Miscellany is a book of essays celebrating Warwick's long connection with the city of Venice - not least its occupation of the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, which has become the University's permanent Italian base. In this extract, Professor Ann Hallamore Caesar looks at how Edith Wharton and Henry James used Venice as a metaphor for decline and decay.