Paul looks at how art holds a mirror up to a gloomy economy…

Paul BuchananPaul has recently co-authored a study which examines how the frequency of words expressing misery and unhappiness in books reflects the economic conditions in the years prior to the work’s composition. The report, published in online journal PLoS ONE suggests a strong correlation! Paul has commented “The results suggest quite clearly that, contrary to post-modern literary theory, literature serves a purpose.  It informs people about the human condition, and the content adapts to the conditions of the time.” The report has proved popular with the press and has featured in all the major UK broadsheets and the New York Times. Read the Times’ write up here or the full report here.

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