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Prof Abby Williams explores debates over reading novels in new BBC Radio 4 series

'Every day I witness first hand some of the ways in which ideas about books can divide us.'

In a new BBC Radio 4 documentary series, Prof Abigail Williams, Lord White Fellow in English at St Peter's, explores how offence, outrage, and content warnings impact the literary landscape.

Entitled ‘Pride or Prejudice: How we read now’, the first of three episodes in the series was broadcast on 26 October, with Prof Williams exploring what issues such as culture wars, content warnings, and identity politics mean for what novels we read and the various ways in which we read and interact with them.

More information about the series can be found on the University of Oxford website.

The first episode of ‘Pride or Prejudice’ can be listened to on the BBC Sounds website.

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