Utopia in Translation: The Many Languages of J. M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus

Utopia in Translation: The Many Languages of J. M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus

On both sides of the Atlantic, rhetoricians of populism are calling for a revival of some utopian age: the nation state’s return to its former glory. Politicians are making America great again. They are taking back sovereignty over the United Kingdom and its borders, after decades of violation at the hands of its European neighbours. In this age of post-truth populism, countries are turning inwards to seek a homogenous utopian sphere that, like all utopias, never existed in the first place.

Sondheim’s Rhymes: Pointing Sense

Sondheim’s Rhymes: Pointing Sense

Rhyme is a device to which Stephen Sondheim pays meticulously precise care and attention; he opens Finishing the Hat, the first volume of his 2010 autobiography, with an essay entitled Rhyme and its Reasons. Alexander Pope wrote in 1711 of the power of “sure returns...