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Weekend Reading List: The Beano at 80

The fate of Italy’s museum sector, Hayden White’s voices and Hitler’s American model: what to read this weekend

Courtesy: Charles Dyer; Flickr, Creative Commons

Courtesy: Charles Dyer; Flickr, Creative Commons

Courtesy: Charles Dyer; Flickr, Creative Commons

  • ‘The Beano contains multitudes’. Lucy Dallas on the iconic British comic.
     
  • With the Italian political system in deadlock, caught between insurgent populisms – and the departure of a culture minister who championed foreign talent – Jamie Mackay looks at what it means for the country’s famed art institutions.
     
  • ‘A painter of the great indoors, the here and now, and of women’s space within it’: Julian Barnes on Mary Cassatt.
     
  • Alex Ross dives into the links between Nazism and America’s own genocidal hatred: ‘America’s knack for maintaining an air of robust innocence in the wake of mass death struck Hitler as an example to be emulated.’
     
  • Finally a woman stands in Parliament Square – Gillian Wearing’s monument to suffragist Millicent Fawcett reminds us of the power of defiant visibility, writes Hettie Judah.
     
  • ‘Hayden White reminded historiography that enlightenment goes only so far. Yet while he may have been a relativist, he was not a nihilist: he was deeply and fundamentally committed to Enlightenment principles.’ Amy J. Elias pays tribute to the influential theorist of history.
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