THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETERâ€™S ARTS AND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
EDITOR’S LETTER As you can see, this term we opted for an A5 size magazine and thus I will keep my comments short. Being Print Editor and Co-President of Razz has been a complete privilege for me this year and publishing these magazines is one of my greatest achievements. I was extremely lucky to have such a talented and dedicated editorial team, in the form of Megan and Helana with whom collaborating was always a delight, as well as a constantly supportive committee (Max, Lowri, Connie and Emily) who all helped to make our magazines the best they could be. To Fozz, Razz’s Print Editor for 2018/19, and the future committee, I say good luck. You’ll love it! Signing off, Jonny McKinnell
inside 3 Fashion Floral Fever
17 pop culture Razz’s Pop Culture Picks OLD
5 feature Don’t Let the Trumps Get You Down
19 pop culture Razz’s Pop Culture Picks NEW
9 Feature The Greatest Showman
22 food A Bite-Sized Guide to Portugese, Angolan and Brazilian Food
11 photoshoot Brighten Up British Summer Time
23 creative showcase 26 playlist
16 artist Profile Anna Bunting-Branch
Contributors Amy Bond
Luanna de Abreu Coelho
This year why not add a splash of floral to your summer outfits. Whether youâ€™re planning a beach trip or a garden party, floral patterns can brighten up your outfit instantly. However, floral outfits can be hard to accessorise and fit, so Razz writer Katie Wells has a few tricks to help your summer looks pop:
1. Print size does matter â€“ for example, if you have more of a petite figure, a smaller floral print might be less overpowering. Similarly, a smaller print on a larger figure may come across too prudish and dainty.
2. Pastel florals are a great combination with bright colours, as the contrast makes the floral pattern the real feature.
4 3. Sometimes less is more – accessories such as Emily’s bandeau, complimented by her red lip gloss, add to the summer effect. Accessories and minimal makeup are key to building the floral impact. 4. Denim with a splash of floral creates an old school and chilled out summer look; dress it down with a denim jacket or try out something like Emily’s dungarees and floral bandeau combo.
5. Floral can be smart too – when it comes to formal events I highly recommend maxi dresses or flowing trousers, just like Rosie’s. This you can easily pair with a light-coloured jacket or tighter top to emphasis the flowy floral look.
6. Shoes are not everything in terms of shoes, the plainer the better as you do not what to take attention away from the floral pattern, therefore nude or metallic sandals are the way to go.
Don’t Let the Trumps Grind You Down
Razz writer, Lauren Geall, discusses the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale and its place in the current political climate...
he Handmaid’s Tale has returned to UK screens for its hotly anticipated second season. Since the release of season one a year ago, the dystopian drama has gone from strength to strength, picking up a number of awards alongside being renewed for a third season. Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale depicts a speculative dystopian future where a totalitarian theocracy called Gilead has seized control in the United States.
Predominantly functioning through its subjugation of women, the ‘Handmaids’ are fertile women forced to bear children for infertile upper-class couples in order to counter the significant drop of birth rates. Whilst season one remained largely faithful to Atwood’s original text, season two will see the writers explore the wider world of Gilead, taking the show’s already shocking themes to new levels. Indeed, what makes The Handmaid’s Tale such a popular and successful show is not just its brilliant writing and cast, but the cultural parallels viewers have been able to take from the show. Despite entering production before the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump, many have made links between the show’s exploration of female autonomy and the publicly sexist remarks of Trump himself.
more than ever to navigate the realities of our own world. The iconography of The Handmaid’s Tale has therefore become an influential touchstone for many women in recent years. The stark white bonnets and red dresses of the Handmaids in Hulu’s recent production are a symbol of the repressive patriarchy which threatens the control women have over their bodies in modern day America. One such protest was held in Washington D.C. in June 2017, where around 30 women donned the signature outfit, supported by Planned Parenthood (a non-profit organisation that provides sexual health care, including abortions and contraception).
Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian narrative”
And it’s not just the show which has drawn such significant attention. Despite being published over 30 years ago, The Handmaid’s Tale was named the most read fiction book of 2017 by Amazon Charts. In the age of Donald Trump and Post-Truth discourse, we are turning to dystopian narratives
The women were protesting a health care bill which analysts estimated could have taken away access to health care, in some areas, from approximately 15% of women because of provisions to defund Planned Parenthood. The protesters stood silently with their heads bowed to the ground. In their silent sign of resistance, the women aimed to represent how their voices were not being heard, as their rights were under attack.
And this wasn’t an occurrence unique to America. Protesters for the Repeal the 8th campaign in Ireland previously used the costume to initiate their own campaigns to legalise abortion, and protesters in Warsaw, Poland, dressed as Handmaids to object Trump’s visit to the country. The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale provided a key framework for people to talk about and discuss women’s rights; the airing of season two (Channel 4, Sundays, 9pm) gives us another
chance to do it once again. In light of the 8th amendment referendum in Ireland, conversations about the autonomy of women and their bodies are more important than ever. Whilst in the Western world we have a significant amount of control over our bodies, other parts of the globe are not as lucky. The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian narrative, and therefore fictional, but that doesn’t stop its components from reflecting reality. When Margaret Atwood wrote the text in 1985, she made sure not to include any events that hadn’t occurred throughout history. Now, the directors of the show are ensuring they follow the same path. The Handmaid’s Tale is a story which deconstructs the ignorant view that ‘it can’t happen here’. Rights are, unfortunately, not always a given, and it’s important to be aware of the fragility of our privilege.
“The Handmaid’s Tale so bravely takes on the often gruesome and horrific realities we like to forget”
Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale branches out into the world of Gilead, exposing more cruel storylines which expose the barbaric capabilities of the human race. In an interview with The Guardian, Elisabeth Moss, who plays the protagonist Offred/June in the show, summarised why she believes people need to watch the show: “I hate hearing that someone couldn’t watch it because it was too scary. Not because I care about whether or not they watch my TV show...
But I’m like, ‘Really? You don’t have the balls to watch a TV show? This is happening in your real life. Wake up, people. Wake up.’” More than ever, we should be promoting and supporting shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, which so bravely takes on the often gruesome and horrific realities we like to forget. Indeed, it truly forces us to open our eyes and wake up, giving us a glimpse of what can happen when we take our rights for granted.
Razz’s Hot Takes:
Greatest Showman In this entry of Razz’s Hot Takes, Print Editor Jonny McKinnell, targets Hollywood’s latest big movie musical, The Greatest Showman, and explains why he takes issue with it.
or those unaware The Greatest Showpeople he featured in his shows for nothing man is a fictionalised telling of the life other than a desire for financial gain. His shows of infamous circus-owner P.T. Barnum. furthered horrific stereotypes, both about people The film, which stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron with disabilities and people of colour. He had and Zendaya, depicts Barnum as a quintessenblack people with birth defects displayed in tial example of the American Dream, a man order to showcase white racial superiority; he born without status yet pursues his passions to had people with dwarfism kept in cages and becomes a success. His presented them as human/ “Barnum exploited circus and freak show, is animal hybrids; and he percelebrated as an inspiraand dehumanised the formed a public autopsy on tional endeavour, a way people he featured in a deceased former slave who of providing society’s he had previously passedhis shows for noth- off as George Washington’s outcasts a way of acing other than a cepting their difference. 161-year-old ‘mammy’. Is it The truth, however, is desire for financial just me, or does none of this very different and while strike you as particularly gain” some have argued that inspiring? his circus provided the ‘Freaks’ a slightly better life than they could find If this romanticism of Barnum’s life wasn’t elsewhere, the reality is nothing like you actually enough, the film also provides little depth to saw on-screen. the ‘Freaks’ as secondary characters, choosing rather to focus on able-bodied and traditionally P.T. Barnum exploited and dehumanised the beautiful characters.
10 The circus act with the largest role is Zendaya’s trapeze artist character, Anne Wheeler. The film’s attempt at a discussion on race relations through the Wheeler character is particularly weak and the depiction of her as a member of the ‘Freaks’, simply because she is not white, is extremely problematic. Furthermore, the film chooses to portray Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind as a sort of femme fatale who scuppers Barnum’s plans with her manipulative sexuality. In reality though, Lind ended her business with Barnum amicably and was also a noted philanthropist who donated her earnings from the tour shown in the film to improving education for the poor. Compare this to Barnum, who would only pursue philanthropic efforts that were profitable, and you might be able to understand my issue with this.
Overall, I fail to see why this film was even made. Of all the historical figures whose lives could become musicals, the decision to produce a sanitised, faux-inspirational musical telling of P.T. Barnum’s life is not only unnecessary but also harmful. But that’s just my hot take.
Brighten Up British Summer Time
Photography by Lowri Ellcock Styling by Jonny McKinnell
Modelled by Lewis Harrison NicolĂ˛ Barbagallo Max Boyce
Artist profile 16
Anna Bunting-Branch Razz writer Sofia Hall introduces us to an up-and-coming British artist and her arcane approach to gender politics...
has proved “a powerful tool of misogyny”. In this way, Bunting-Branch’s work performs the same function as the actions of W.I.T.C.H, by subverting the narrative of witches and therefore mobilising the narrative of women. In her animated video of the same name, different elements from a variety of sources are used to create a new tapestry of the history of femininity and fiction, representing new narrative possibilities. This exploration of how the figure of the witch resonates in contemporary feminist and queer practices causes us to consider to what extent the witch hunt is present today. Luckily for us, Bunting-Branch has produced a multitude of work since ‘Witch’ and ‘Witchy Methodologies’, covering the importance of science-fiction, language, and the physical body in relation to the female form and experience, making her one of the most exciting up and coming British artists today.
n 2015, Anna Bunting-Branch took part in an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, exploring the historical subversion and subsequent reclamation of the word “witch”. In this evening called ‘Witchy Methodology’, BuntingBranch drew on the history of W.I.T.C.H, a group of protesters involved in guerrilla performances throughout the streets of America in the late 1960s, hexing Wall Street and cursing brides as slaves in order to empower women from their subjugated position. Her commentary on this exhibition highlights the way that painting dissenting women as witches
17 Pop culture
Razz’s Pop Culture Picks
As a combined goodbye and hello from both committees, old and new, we at Razz have put together a list of our top picks from the realms of literature, music, film and more. Here are the outgoing committee’s favourite pieces of pop culture...
Connie Adams, Online Editor, Committee 2017/18, History and Politics “I’m a feminist but…” From true crime to comedy, there is a podcast for everyone. Hosted by comedian Deborah Frances-White with a range of co-hosts including Susie Wokoma, The Guilty Feminist covers topics such as identity and mental health in an informative, funny, and engaging way. Along with their guests, the hosts also reveal their own insecurities that come with being a feminist today.
Emily Stephenson, Deputy Online Editor, Committee 2017/18, English The In Death series by JD Robb, aka Nora Roberts, is a mass-produced futuristic American crime drama series with enthralling characters and is perfect for in-between assignment, mind-numbing reading. Each novel follows the main character, Eve Dallas, as she fights crime in New York alongside her billionaire husband and her sidekick.
Max Price, Treasurer, Committee 2017/18, Politics, Philosophy and Economics British Crime Drama, once in the shadow of its Scandinavian cousins, has recently developed into some of the best television available to watch today. From Luther in 2010, to the fantastic Line of Duty, writers have found new and interesting ways to tell traditional crime stories. Check out ITV's recent Innocent for a binge-worthy five hours of television.
18 Jonny McKinnell, Print Editor, Committee 2017/18, Msc Marketing To anyone who doubts the legitimacy of graphic novels as a form of literature, Saga (by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples) is the perfect series to prove you wrong. An epic tale of one family’s struggle to stay alive amidst an eternal, universe-encompassing conflict, Saga combines elements of Sci-Fi and High fantasy to create a unique and thoughtful look at family love and the horrors of war.
Helana Scott, Deputy Print Editor, Committee 2017/18, English and French I Am Not an Easy Man, a Netflix original, is not to be missed. French director Eléonore Pourriat stole my heart with her matriarchal dis/ utopia. Offering comedic commentary on gender equality favourites such as body hair, cheating and discrimination in the workplace, the film will have you nodding along with validation and laughing at the sheer audacity. Trust me on this one.
Megan Stealey, Creative Director, Committee 2017/18, Archaeology with Forensic Science I read A Thousand Splendid Suns two years ago, and despite reading countless other books since then, it still remains my absolute favourite book. Khaled Hosseini tells a beautiful and moving story of friendship, faith and family during the Afghanistan War, and the sacrifices made for love. An emotional story, it is a must-read for everyone.
Lowri Ellcock, Publicity Officer, Committee 2017/18, English and French I want to live in Greta Gerwig’s mind. Sometimes it seems like she takes my thoughts and experiences and renders them into stunning, breathtaking art. From Frances Ha to Ladybird, her works speak directly to a female audience and she captures everything with such grace. Watch her films.
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Razz’s Pop Culture Picks
…and here are the selections from Razz’s new committee for 2018/19, which will hopefully let you get to know your new editorial team. Enjoy!
Katrina Bennett, Online Editor, Committee 2018/19, English The new series of Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale continues to bring great intrigue; delving deeper into the back story, with promise of more heart-wrenching moments and gruesome torture techniques. My advice to lovers of the book would be to accept it as a creative piece in its own right, rather than obsessing with its deviations from the original.
Eleanor Rose Gordon, Deputy Online Editor, Committee 2018/19, English Dorothy Parker’s Complete Poems are some of my absolute favourites, providing a satirical reflection of her experience with romance, mental illness, and urban society. Her distinctive wit and brutal, yet humorous, honesty shines through her punchy and punny verse, making her an iconic poet you can’t help but love.
Lauryn Mathews, Treasurer, Committee 2018/19, Psychology Harlan Coben’s Netflix series Safe is a new thriller, based in a gated community in England. Behind the pristine houses and seemingly ‘perfect’ lives, there are secrets and deceit; the perfect recipe for disaster. It’s definitely one of my favourites so far this year and it’s worth watching just to hear Michael C. Hall attempt an English accent.
Molly Thatcher, Publicity Officer, Committee 2018/19, English A Rock-Opera based on a 70-page extract of War and Peace is both as amazing and bizarre as it sounds. If you like Hamilton, I recommend checking out Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 on Spotify. Start with the ‘Prologue’, but my favourite songs are ‘Balaga’ and ‘Charming’.
20 Charlotte Forrester, Print Editor, Committee 2018/19, English After such masterpieces as ‘Make Me Feel’ and ‘PYNK’, I put everything on hold to devour Janelle Monáe’s recent album Dirty Computer. It was completely worth it. Released alongside an “emotion picture” with afrofuturist and feminist visuals, it is my ultimate pop culture highlight of 2018 so far.
Emily Stearn, Deputy Print Editor, Committee 2018/19, Art History & Visual Culture Tame, timid and tedious - not three words you’d ever use to describe artist Grayson Perry. The royal academician is well known for his quirky ceramics, tapestries and politics and this year the RA’s 250th summer exhibition is led by none other than the legend himself. This world-famous art extravaganza, set to be the ultimate culture highlight of the summer, is certainly not one to be missed. Trust me.
Jing Lau, Creative Director, Committee 2018/19, English “Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. In two years, they are dead.” They are a pantheon of amazingly dressed young musicians with a lot of mythological power and a lot of drama. The Wicked + The Divine is a pun-filled and clever comic littered with literary references and throwaway lines that lead to earth-shattering, reread-the-wholeseries payoffs; also, all your faves are queer.
Amy Bond, Social Secretary, Committee 2018/19, English Having seen American rock band flor supporting Walk The Moon on their UK tour, I think they are definitely one to watch. As their lowercase, pastel branding might suggest, their debut album come out. you’re hiding is a step away from the punky, Green Day-inspired sound of much modern US rock - the perfect soundtrack to lazy summer evenings at the beach.
A Bite-Sized Guide to
Portuguese, Angolan & Brazilian Food
Razz writer, Luanna de Abreu Coelho, introduces us to the food cultures that form her heritage. For more of her culinary ventures, follow her on instagram: food_with_lu
hen people ask me where I’m from, I often struggle to come up with a short answer. To put it simply, I’m half Brazilian, half Portuguese, with Angolan and Lebanese heritage. The cultures I’ve been exposed to through my family have enriched my life in so many ways, and some of my fondest memories are of huge family meals around a table of food from the Lusophone world. I love introducing people to the dishes that I grew up with.
home. I’ve lost count of the different dishes my mother has cooked using cod! Mediterranean flavours also influence Portuguese cuisine: large quantities of olive oil in almost everything and meat stews being perfect examples. As the largest colonial power in the world once, many spices such as piri-piri, cinnamon and saffron have also made their way onto the Portuguese palate. And I must mention my favourite ingredient of them all: garlic! If it isn’t garlicy, it isn’t Portuguese.
Must tries: Bolinhos de Bacalhau (cod croquettes) and pastéis de nata (custard tarts)
In a way, it all begins in Portugal. Portugal is renowned for its seafood, and rightly so. The Atlantic Ocean has fed the Portuguese for centuries, with cod as a staple in almost every
22 Comida Angolana
Many people aren’t aware of how delicious Angolan cuisine is. As a former colony, you’ll find influences from Portugal in a lot of dishes: methods of cooking and certain spices will seem very similar to Portuguese food. There are many regional variances to Angolan food, and some ethnic tribes have maintained their traditional methods of cooking for over a thousand years by using classic ingredients like okra. Angolans love cooking with spices especially the hot kind. Piri-piri chicken was originally a dish from Angola and Mozambique but was adapted by the Portuguese into the dish we all know and love. That’s right, Nando’s came from Angola. Must tries: Caldeirada de peixe (fish stew) and funje (cassava root porridge)
I find Brazilian cuisine incredibly exciting. Brazilians are great at making the simplest of meals, such as the famous feijoada (black bean and mixed meat stew), into something delicious. Brazilian food has European, African and Amerindian influences and varies depending on which part of Brazil you find yourself in. In the Amazon and surrounding regions, you’re likely to find ingredients originally used by the native peoples – such as guaraná, açaí and an amazing variety of river fish. Alternatively, European colonisation brought dairy products and wheat to the Brazilian diet. Enslaved Africans also had a huge impact on the dishes in the coastal states, and you’ll often find street vendors selling African-style stews in gigantic steel pans where the enticing smells flood the whole street. Must tries: Feijoada (black bean stew) and brigadeiros (chocolate fudge truffles)
23 Creative showcase Sarah Turnnidge
24 Hope Claydon
Bloom Troye Sivan
This is America Childish Gambino
Remember Me Ina Wroldsen
Sanctify Years & Years
Little Victories Malia Civetz
PYNK Janelle Monáe
Kill V. Maim Grimes
lovely Billie Eilish & Khalid
Girlfriend (feat. Dâm-Funk) Christine and the Queens
No Tears Left To Cry Ariana Grande
The final Razz issue from the current editorial team contains a photoshoot showing Britain's men how to brighten up the summertime, a guide...
Published on Jun 8, 2018
The final Razz issue from the current editorial team contains a photoshoot showing Britain's men how to brighten up the summertime, a guide...