A Spotlight on Culture

Through reviews and longer articles, ArteFact keeps a finger on the pulse of how our culture is reflecting on itself.

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Favorite Fictional Characters: Edmund Pevensie

In nostalgic conversations among friends over favorite childhood literary characters, I inevitably propose Edmund Pevensie from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Much enthusiasm meets this choice. We all agree that as much as we admire the older Peter, Edmund is more interesting. 

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Favorite Fictional Characters: Lord Peter Wimsey

At first sight, Dorothy L. Sayers’ character Lord Peter Wimsey, does not strike one as a particularly Christian gentleman... And yet, he displays virtues that only caritas and humility can bring to flower. 

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Favorite Fictional Characters: John Wemmick

Wemmick is a man divided. Divided between work and Walworth, where he lives out an idyllic denial of all that is dehumanising about his workaday existence.

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Favorite Fictional Characters: Betsey Trotwood

A common criticism of Dickens is that his female characters never rise above being two-dimensional. However amongst the demure angels and the grotesque caricatures, Betsey Trotwood of David Copperfield is a magnificent exception. 

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Pieces of Work: Favorite Fictional Characters

"What a piece of work is man..."

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The Face of Human Dignity in the Novels of Fiorella de Maria

The fiction of British-Maltese writer Fiorella De Maria depicts women in fierce struggle with the forces which undermine human dignity: yet they illustrate that God is not in the storm. He is in the silence, where we can hear Him, and furthermore, hear ourselves think. Above all, He is the safe harbor from which we are launched into a great, though sometimes painful adventure.

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An Unusual War Story

Clare Kipps, Sold for a Farthing (Frederick Muller, 1953).

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Reminiscence in the Work of Kazuo Ishiguro

Looking back is a notoriously tricky business. Memories can entrap us, or themselves become distorted in our attempts to curate the past. In many ways, Kazuo Ishiguro's oeuvre is a study of human memory--falsified, true and otherwise. Writer Michalina Ratajczak traces the theme as it is woven into three of his novels, including his most recent, The Buried Giant.

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Truth and Terroir in Shūsaku Endō's Silence

In his acclaimed novel Silence, Shūsaku Endō questions the viability of the tree of Hellenized Christianity taking root in the “mud swamp” of Japan. What was once hospitable, fertile ground for the seed planted by St. Francis Xavier, becomes the land of a hunted and persecuted Christianity, as depicted in the story of two missionary priests and the community in their care.

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The Last Word on Silence

As the Oscars pass Scorsese by, Mark Thomas thinks he knows why.