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Lockdown Cultures: The arts and humanities in the year of the pandemic, 2020-21

Bruzzi, S and Biriotti, M (Eds). (2022) Lockdown Cultures: The arts and humanities in the year of the pandemic, 2020-21. [Book]. Comparative Literature and Culture. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Lockdown Cultures is both a cultural response to our extraordinary times and a manifesto for the arts and humanities and their role in our post-pandemic society. This book offers a unique response to the question of how the humanities commented on and were impacted by one of the dominant crises of our times: the Covid-19 pandemic. While the role of engineers, epidemiologists and, of course, medics is assumed, Lockdown Cultures illustrates some of the ways in which the humanities understood and analysed 2020–21, the year of lockdown and plague. Though the impulse behind the book was topical, underpinning the richly varied and individual essays is a lasting concern with the value of the humanities in the twenty-first century. Each contributor approaches this differently but there are two dominant strands: how art and culture can help us understand the Covid crisis; and how the value of the humanities can be demonstrated by engaging with cultural products from the past. The result is a book that serves as testament to the humanities’ reinvigorated and reforged sense of identity, from the perspective of UCL and one of the leading arts and humanities faculties in the world. It bears witness to a globally impactful event while showcasing interdisciplinary thinking and examining how the pandemic has changed how we read, watch, write and educate. More than thirty individual contributions collectively reassert the importance of the arts and humanities for contemporary society.

Type: Book
Title: Lockdown Cultures: The arts and humanities in the year of the pandemic, 2020-21
ISBN-13: 978-1-80008-339-4
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800083394
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800083394
Language: English
Additional information: Collection © Editors, 2022 Text © Contributors, 2022 Images © Contributors and copyright holders named in captions, 2022 Creative Commons licence. Details of the copyright ownership and permitted use of third-party material is given in the image (or extract) credit lines. If you would like to reuse any third-party material not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright owner. This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Nonderivative 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), https://creativecommons. org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/. This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. If you wish to use the work commercially, use extracts or undertake translation you must seek permission from the authors. Attribution should include the following information: Bruzzi, S. and Biriotti, M. (eds). 2022. Lockdown Cultures The arts and humanities in the year of the pandemic, 2020–21. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800083394 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: lockdown,ucl,arts,humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10155915
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