Com­me­dia dell’arte estab­lished itself in Six­teenth Cen­tu­ry Europe as one of the most endur­ing tra­di­tions in world the­atre. As a high school dra­ma stu­dent, I was enrap­tured with the form, with the Com­me­di­a’s stock char­ac­ters of mas­ters, ser­vants, sol­diers, and young …

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My teach­ing year has end­ed for 2021 and so begins a long-await­­ed sum­mer of read­ing, writ­ing, watch­ing films, and swim­ming in the sea. At the end of our encounter with Roman­ti­cism (from Blake’s ‘The Tyger’ to Mary Oliv­er’s ‘The Summer …

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As the Coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic con­tin­ues to rav­age pop­u­la­tions world­wide — I write these words in Novem­ber 2021 — the DPRK (North Korea) con­tin­ues to insist that it has suc­cess­ful­ly main­tained Covid Zero. As reports from Dai­ly NK and oth­er organisations …

Plagues & Peo­ples in Korea Read more »

By Christo­pher Richard­son Review­ing a 2018 pro­duc­tion of Bertolt Brecht’s 1941 play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in New York City, Alexan­dra Schwartz observed that, “the play’s warn­ing about an unimag­in­able future now feels like a bit­ter mock­ery of …

Irre­sistible Rise? Brecht’s V‑Effekt from The Three­pen­ny Opera to Watch­men Read more »

In April I had the plea­sure of attend­ing the New­ing­ton Col­lege Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture for 2021. It was my first fes­ti­val appear­ance since the eas­ing of Covid restric­tions in Syd­ney and a glo­ri­ous way to cel­e­brate the return of something …

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The fol­low­ing speech was deliv­ered online in Eng­lish and Kore­an on the 5th of Decem­ber 2020. The event was enti­tled: ‘Build­ing Up Cross-Cul­­tur­al Under­stand­ing Through Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Between Aus­tralia and Korea: 2020’, con­vened by Dr Hyung-joo Judy Park. Dr Park …

The Book of Beasts: Ani­mal & Human Nature in Children’s Lit­er­a­ture Read more »