Käthe Kollwitz: Agent of Change

Meet the printmaker and activist, whose images of loss, injustice, and poverty resonate today. By Christina Aube and Naoko Takahatake Introduction German printmaker, sculptor, teacher, and social activist Käthe Kollwitz was no stranger to change. Born in 1867, she witnessed seismic political, societal, and economic shifts under three regimes: the German Empire, the Weimar Republic,[…]

Selma Lagerlöf: Surface and Depth

Analyzing the importance of Lagerlöf’s oeuvre and the complex depths beneath her seemingly simple tales and public persona. This article, Selma Lagerlöf: Surface and Depth, was originally published in The Public Domain Review under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If you wish to reuse it please see: https://publicdomainreview.org/legal/ In 1909, an ageing “spinster,” with a marked limp,[…]

Staging Kingship in Scotland and England, 1532-1560

In terms of its staging of sovereignty, passivity distinguished the Scottish king from the English tyrant. Introduction ‘Quhat is ane king?’ asks Divine Correctioun in David Lyndsay’s Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis before supplying the answer ‘Nocht bot ane officiar’ (1613),[1] thereby articulating a commonplace of medieval Scottish literature on kingship that the monarch’s[…]

Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ and the Will to Power

Shakespeare drew on earlier depictions of Richard III and other ruthless rulers in order to create his own power-hungry king, and it has influenced later depictions of megalomania. Introduction Richard III is early Shakespeare. Probably composed in the early 1590s, it’s the work of a playwright in his late twenties, author of two comedies (The[…]

Ambitus: Law and Political Corruption in Ancient Rome

The trials for ambitus were numerous in the time of the republic. Introduction In ancient Roman law, ambitus was a crime of political corruption, mainly a candidate’s attempt to influence the outcome (or direction) of an election through bribery or other forms of soft power. The Latin word ambitus is the origin of the English[…]