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May 20, 2018
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Degenerate Art and The Modern (Sue Wightman)

“IT’S A SICKENING OUTRAGE! Sadistic! Obscene! Evil! ……. These people are the wreckers of civilization!” (Tory MP Nicholas Fairbairn) The ‘Prostitution’ Exhibition at the ICA, London caused an outcry in the national press and parliament.  Debate raged against the ‘degenerate’ nature of the show. Yet again art was testing the…

May 13, 2018
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Heavy Metal As Surrogate Religion – Exploring The Metal Subculture (Katrina Lavender)

According to the Office for National Statistics, Heavy Metal has recently become an official religion, with 6200 followers in 2011. Music as a cultural artefact clearly exemplifies the intersection of religion and popular culture. Andy Bennett states, in Cultures of Popular Music, that the heavy metal genre, which originated in…

May 3, 2018
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Gender And Sexuality In The Animated Films Of Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki, Part 3 (Hiroko Miyashita)

The following is the third of a three-part series.  The first installment can be found here, the second one here. Storylines and Narrative Forms of Disney and Miyazaki Finally, I examine the three animated films from the perspective of narratology. When watching these three animated films, it is simple to…