Phoenix - Literature and Philosophy Journal
The phoenix is known as the sacred fire bird across many mythologies that during the world's creation sat on the primeval mound. As Literature and Philosophy explores the always reviving but ever-present ideas and questions at the centre of our very existence, this constellation came to represent the Section dealing with these topics.
In this section, our writers ask and ponder over the big questions raised by the greatest thinkers of all time. Whether about the meaning of life, what the future may hold or the darkest corners of a human’s soul, this is the place where you can get lost in the maze of and vicious circles of some of the greatest inquiries of Mankind.
Edition IV. Fates and Choices
October 12, 2022
Edition III. Waves and Paths
July 13, 2022
Sailing Through Life’s Choppy Waters: Exploring Stoicism In A Modern Context
Life and its trajectories are very much like the waves of the sea. It is not without the support of those around us and those who inspire us that we can navigate the waves and paths of life. There are periods of achievement and joy, which one could say are the ‘high’ points of our lives. Undoubtedly, there are times fraught with pain, fear or sadness...READ MORE
Is BookTok worth the hype? A publishing revolution from below
Opening TikTok has always been an assault to the senses - a menagerie of fast, colourful videos and sounds. In the Booktok community, these videos tell you what, when and how to read, with particular emphasis on highlighting fan favourite excerpts. BookTok has also recently become a force in publishing, driving the renewed success of books such as...READ MORE
Wave after wave: reflecting on the role of water in our literature, lifestyles, imagination and experience
I put off writing this article for a long time, afraid that there could be nothing original left to say about waves, water, or why we are drawn to it – so long contemplated, and regularly committed to literary interpretation have these concepts been....READ MORE
Edition II. Networks and Labyrinths
April 13, 2022
From X-Men to Gilmore Girls and Lord of the Flies to trees and the latest Tik Tok trend: An enquiry (see stream of semi-conscious thought) into how and why we love to recognise references.
“Watch YellowJackets,” my coworker tells me, “it's like Lord of the Flies meets Cheer.” Cheer sounds like Cher, ‘do you believe in life after love?’ Clueless, actually...READ MORE
Edition I. Origins and Birth
January 12, 2022
In this article, Emma explores the topos of the genius, its origins and the great questions it incites, through the much beloved author André Aciman. Exploring some of Aciman’s greatest works, questions about birth, existence, death and ‘factual mystery’ arise. And while these are pertinent inquiries, the reader is constantly wondering: is genius a blessing or a curse?...READ MORE