The frontispiece to the 1831 Frankenstein by Theodor von Holst, one of the first two illustrations for the novel.
Tate Britain. Private collection, Bath.
On its 200th anniversary, why is it a surprise that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein at such a young age – just because she's a woman?
Once and Future Podcast
The literary world is mourning one of science fiction's greatest novelists.
Hugh Masekela performing during the 16th Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
Esa Alexander/The Times
South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela made an impact across the world during his decades-long musical career.
Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct, and do not always overlap.
'LGBTIQA+' is a term often employed to be inclusive – but it runs the risk of being so inclusive it loses all meaning.
Nine centuries after it was commissioned to celebrate the Norman Conquest, the famed tapestry is finally going to visit England.
There’s no blueprint for excellence, but some building blocks are crucial.
Research institutes and "centres of excellence" exist around the world to draw talent and to share resources - all with the aim of solving important problems.
Amos Tutuola’s work is enjoying renewed interest and support.
Amos Tutuola has contributed significantly to the resilience of ways of life and worldviews that could easily have disappeared under the weight of colonialism, globalisation and the market economy.
An illustration from a 1914 edition of Anna Karenina.
Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is often acclaimed as the best novel ever written. The enthralling narrative explores love and family through intertwining plot lines, with Anna and her desire at the centre.
Boston Bruins forward Willie O'Ree warms up prior to a game against the New York Rangers in 1960.
A debilitating eye injury and racial epithets weren't enough to derail O'Ree's resolve.
It is commonly thought that anyone in ancient Rome who killed his father, mother, or another relative was subjected to the ‘punishment of the sack’. But is this true?
From being thrown off a cliff to being sewn into a sack with animals, ancient Rome is notorious for its cruel and unusual punishments. But we must be careful what we take as historical fact.
Detail from the Roman-era Sousse Mosaic Calendar, El Jem, Tunisia.
Ad Meskens / Wikimedia Commons
If you’ve ever wondered why our 12-month year ends with names that mean the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth months, you can blame the Romans.
Jodie Foster portraying Dr. Ellie Arroway in the film “Contact.”
(Warner Bros. 1997)
An online collective, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, crunched numbers for days on end to discover a new prime number in December 2017. Here's why it's so important.
While Champagne seems eternal and unchanging, its fame is in fact the product of four founding myths. These have shaped its identity and the images now associated with its consumption.
In cities and countries around the world, drivers use a range of hand signals to communicate with other drivers.
A sociolinguist wonders if they’ll ever be able to interpret the waves, high beams and middle fingers of human drivers.
The ‘bikini bridge’ phenomenon caught on quickly because it reflected the cultural expectations placed on women’s bodies.
The 'bikini bridge' may have been a hoax, but its damage to women's body image was real, demonstrating yet again the disturbing set of pressures social media places on young women.,
Zarina Sodha, from Lakhpath Kachchh, Gujarat (western India), a folk singer.
Anjali Monteiro/KP Jayakrishnan
Passionate musicians in Western India are committed to “break down the walls” of hate built by opportunistic politics between religious communities.
Queen Elizabeth II with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia during his state visit in 2007.
John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images
It looks as if a state visit from the US president is on the cards. But the Queen is a veteran at hosting unwanted guests.
A still from a popular movie, Rainbow Troops, depicts teacher Muslimah, a character based on a real teacher, who inspires her students. Indonesia requires teachers to have passion.
Miles Films & Mizan Productions
Indonesia has allocated a huge percentage of education funding to improve the quality of teachers through various reforms. Yet their performance has not improved. What was missing?
The Ottoman empire facilitated the movement of ideas and people across Europe and Asia.
The new Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation aims to 'revive' liberal arts and the humanities. Yet the 'civilisation' model of history is now viewed as deeply flawed.
Many girls in Dar es Salaam’s slums drop out of school because of the costs involved.
Creating more opportunities for young women and girls to work and earn money is a possible solution to early marriages. Subsidising secondary education to keep poorer girls in school is another.