Jess, one of The Oxford Blue's Columnists, is a first year studying English at Univ. She writes a column inspired by the medieval stories she read to procrastinate her modernism paper. When she is trying to avoid work completely you will find her halfway up a climbing wall.
In the latest instalment of her column, More than a Fairytale, Jess Steadman dives deep into her hate of unicorns. From butchered rhinoceroses to use of virgins as bait and beasts with elephant’s feet, learn about the history of this maddening mythical creature.
Illustrations by Chen (Cornelia) Chen
Jess Steadman curates a playlist of her favourite songs.
In her column, More than a Fairytale, Jess Steadman examines the surprising similarities between modern and medieval influencers: the Kardashians and the Catholic Saints!
Illustration by Chen (Cornelia) Chen
In the second instalment of her column, More than a Fairytale, Jess Steadman examines the interplay between gender and heroism in medieval folklore. Artwork by Chen (Cornelia) Chen.
“Well, our storytellers have always been slightly uncomfortable with the possibility of a woman selfishly having any kind of physical power. I say ‘selfishly’ because in folklore and fairytales, the male hero is unapologetically narcissistic and egotistical… and for centuries, we loved him for it. Unfortunately, we still kind of do.”
“When a dragon acts as a foil to the hero, their role is to reflect back all the qualities a hero must hide in order to be, well, a ‘hero’. A dragon is the sort of ‘person’ they would love to be but just can’t because of the endless pressure to look permanently pure and picture perfect.”
In the first instalment of her column, More than a Fairytale, Jess Steadman explores the history and cultural importance of dragons (and wyrms). Artwork by Chen (Cornelia) Chen.
Jessica Steadman finds that while ‘Joseph’ is highly entertaining it is not without its flaws.
Jess Steadman explores how the Globe reopening will represent a return of all things positive.
Jess Steadman reviews the latest film adaptation of the musical Hamilton as part of the Blue’s ‘Beyond the Frame’ series, and explores what we gain – and what we lose – in the translation of stage productions to the screen.