Steep Stairs Review. Volume 8

September 17, 2012

There is always an eclectic mix of articles and reviews in Steep Stairs Review, drawn as they are from the various interests and passions of a disparate group of academics, teachers, students and researchers. It’s not easy to declare a ‘theme’ for the issue and to procure erudite responses at a whim, as mostly we write about what has recently crossed our desks, engaged our imaginations, or otherwise inspired us to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. Despite there being no theme, the collected contributions contained in this issue never-the-less hang together, albeit tentatively, on some common ideas – desperation, the ways societies react to power, horror, and in sublime contrast the pleasures wrung from art and life as it transforms and shifts with the tides of change. There is a real feast for the senses here, some more pleasurably sensual, others challenging and disturbing but equally engaging.

Critical Articles

‘The Seen and the Unseen in One Mix’: The Nobel Prize Winning Poetry of Tomas Transtromer. (Michael Heald)


Finessing the Principles, Frightening the Punters: Tony Abbot, Future PM? (Glen Jennings)
Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus: What Becomes of the Retuned Soldier? (Gayle Allan)
The Apartment, by Greg Baxter. Skimming Slowly and Deliberately Across the Surface (Jennifer Mitchell)
Demented Disneyland: Benedict Anderson and the Fate of Rural Hell (Glen Jennings)
Fifty Shades of Grey – The review to read so you don’t have to read the book (Olivia Clarke)


Hell House: A Tour with Back to back Theatre (Rosalie Ham)
The Future of Jazz (Richard Finch)

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