Emily Chan

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'Skinny' Venus and Attitudes to Body Image

(1) Comments | Posted 19 March 2012 | (16:20)

Anna Utopia Giordano's photoshopped Renaissance nudes that have been floating around recently have, quite rightly, received praise for illustrating the power of digital distortion in our magazines today. However, the response from the media has, for me, also raised concerns about the way we discuss female body image.

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Critical Dictionary: Un-defining Words (Interview)

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2012 | (16:39)

Inspired by Georges Bataille's 'Critical Dictionary', David Evans set up an online art magazine by the same name, employing the visual in order to challenge definitions of words and instead illustrate the constantly altering, multiplicity of meanings that they signify.

The latest facet of his Critical Dictionary project is...

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How Relevant Is the Poet Laureate Today?

(1) Comments | Posted 10 January 2012 | (23:00)

The question was prompted by Channel 4 broadcaster Jon Snow's comment appearing in my Twitter feed on Saturday: "This is what i want of a poet laureate! Brilliant Carol Ann Duffy poem re Stephen Lawrence".

The new poem is a moving tribute to Stephen Lawrence...

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Re-reading 'Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs': Celebrate Women in Journalism

(0) Comments | Posted 27 December 2011 | (23:00)

The disparity between male and female voices in public life, particularly within journalism and politics, was highlighted at the start of this month by Kira Cochrane's piece in the Guardian. It featured shocking statistics that demonstrated the massive gender gap by looking at bylines of national newspapers; the...

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Catch It While You Can - Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2011 | (12:44)

It was very busy inside the Mellon Gallery at the Fitzwilliam Museum when I visited on a Friday afternoon; the buzz surrounding Johannes Vermeer and his 17th-century Dutch contemporary painters was evident. Overhearing snippets of conversation was an enjoyable consequence of this: one man was commenting upon the "erotic displacement"...

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What Is It About Haruki Murakami?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 December 2011 | (12:06)

I'm a Murakami fan. And it's clear that I'm not the only one. More than 10 million copies of his bestseller Norwegian Wood have been sold in Japan alone since its publication in 1987. The English translation of his latest novel 1Q84 was so hotly anticipated that some...

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