The message behind Parasite

By Rose Sauvage de Brantes, BA English and Japanese Winner of the Palm d’Or and Oscar for best picture, the Korean movie Parasite dazzled masses across the world. Premiered at the 2018 Cannes Festival, the film stars both established and novice actors, all delivering flawless performances. The film depicts the attempts of a poor family, […]

How Parasite Fell Prey to Hollywood’s Parasitic Nature

By Rihab Attioui, Postcolonial Studies MA “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films”, said South Korean director Bong Joon Ho as part of his Golden Globes acceptance speech where his film Parasite won Best Foreign Language Film. To briefly synopsise, for those of […]

The Dilemma About Elif Shafak: Beyond Commonplaces?

By Leila Ferrari, MA Turkish Studies On last Friday rainy evening, Oxford welcomed the notorious Turkish writer Elif Shafak in Lady Margate Hall Theatre, where she was interviewed by British journalist Alan Ruisberg. At the centre of her works, there are often women, minorities and members of the LGBT community, especially from Middle Eastern societies. […]

Chekhov’s Russia finds a voice on Nigerian soil

By Clarissa Mondeh, BA Anthropology and International Relations Inua Ellams’ daring adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s iconic play ‘Three Sisters’ staged at the National Theatre earlier this month prompted intrigue and anticipation.  Originally set in the turmoil of Russia at the turn of the 20th Century, Three Sisters tells the story of the Prozorovs, an educated […]