Articles by: Robert DiNapoli

Author Biography:

Robert DiNapoli is a poet, translator, essayist and erstwhile lecturer on English language and literature. His books include A Far Light: A Reading of Beowulf (2016), Engelboc (2019) and Reading Old English Wisdom: The Fetters in the Frost (2021).

Informit: Agency

Who writes these notes that turn up every day in bottles halfway bedded in the sand?...

Informit: The paper pool; Casus Belli; The launch code: Easy as Pi

Sharp ceiling lights make every shadow three...

Informit: Trump suit

Passionate intensity paves the air with slabs of rhetoric, full of sound and fury...

Informit: Stars

In 1993 my wife would laugh when I arose, a stepladder deity...

Informit: The launch code: Easy as Pi

'Barack, I told Donald the launch code was 3.141592.'...

Informit: Hamlet at the Modern university

What botch is this? My gracious mother's bed the office of some suited jackanapes...

Informit: Beowulf for today: A hero of unquestionable stature…

The longest and most accomplished poem to have come down to us from Anglo-Saxon England, Beowulf sits oddly in its ninth- or tenth-century moment. Its anonymous author appears to have been a literate monastic, immersed in the culture of text and textual authority established among the pre-literate Anglo-Saxons by missionaries dispatched by Pope Gregory the Great in 597. The Anglo-Saxons descended from Germanic pagans who'd arrived on the shores of the former Roman province of…

Informit: Allsorts of Myth [Book Review]

Review(s) of: The politics of Myth, by Stephen Knight, (Melbourne University Press, 2015).

But What’s It Really For? by Robert DiNapoli

The machining of the modern university

‘So How Do You Like It Here in Hampshire, Miss Rand?’, by Robert DiNapoli

The neoliberals’ Jane Austen

Informit: ‘So how do you like It here in Hampshire, Miss Rand?’

The neoliberals' Jane Austen. In the United States, where she made her home and found her primary audience, Ayn Rand's books inspired the first wave of neoliberal economists and neoconservative activists, whose interventions so changed the American social and political landscapes of the late 20th century. Alan Greenspan, one of her more prominent disciples, attended many a philosophical soirée at her Manhattan apartment. Rand's 'philosophy' underpins most of the unpicking of Roosevelt's New Deal policies…

Informit: Cap and bells

Each day I wake to find the world more sunk in folly's sway, its partisans more sure that wisdom whispers in their asses' ears...