Written by Alice Goodwin. The Palace of Westminster stands as the home of Parliament, containing thousands of years of history. But the majority of this great Palace was designed and built in the nineteenth century, encapsulating a cultural trend now referred to as medievalism.
Written by Tristan Craig. The excavations of Mycenae from 1876 have been the subject of controversy for over a hundred years. A so-called ‘Mask of Agamemnon’ was discovered, but it’s origins are still questioned, and the methods of excavation remain under scrutiny.
Written by Melissa Kane. The current cultural fascination with #Cottagecore, encompassed by a rural idyll shared on social media websites, is rooted in a long history of romanticised escapism. But where did this start? And how does Marie Antoinette play a role in Cottagecore?
Professor Diana Paton and Professor Matthew Smith sit down with Retrospect’s EIC, Jamie Gemmell, to discuss their new volume: The Jamaica Reader: History, Culture, Politics.
Written by Sophie Whitehead. The Profumo scandal has been written about and re-interpreted in dozens of ways throughout the last seventy years, but what do we know about it now? And how can it offer insight into British society in the 1960s?
Written by Kat Jivkova. Emmy Noether’s contributions to mathematics and Einstein’s theory of relativity have been undervalued. What did her work involve? And why has it taken so long to be properly recognised?
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021): Mississippi Burning and the Role of American Government in Films of the Civil Rights Era
Written by Suzanne Elliott. Representations of Civil Rights Era law enforcement in cinema since the 1980s have been generous, emphasising a fight for justice and tolerance. In this review, Suzanne Elliott examines how Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) breaks this trend, and why such a disruption is welcome.
Written by Jess Womack. Trends within film largely mirror trends within society, mirroring political and social feeling. This can especially be seen within the ‘Obama-era’ and beyond, where historical fiction exploring the racial past of the US became popular.
Written by Melissa Kane. Lucy Holland’s Sistersong is an enchanting piece of historical fantasy that digs into early Anglo-Saxon Britain.
Writen by Hazel Atkinson. Known for her unwavering fidelity, Penelope did not lose hope that her husband, Odysseus, would return from the Trojan War, despite the decades that passed. This fictional piece relates the story through the eyes of the legendary Queen of Ithaca.
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Retrospect Journal is the official History, Classics and Archaeology journal of the University of Edinburgh. We publish weekly features, academic articles, reviews and historical fiction, as well as a print journal twice a year. Make sure you follow us on social media for the latest news and events.
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