A Refutation of Lies: An Open Letter in Response to Defamation by Dr Helen Young | Howard Williams

An associate of mine, Dr Howard Williams, gives his account of the lies and defamation spread about him at the hands of certain medievalists in the journal Postmedieval.

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  1. I am glad you posted this. It touches on a lot of important issues, not least the practice of history by literary theorists. I think your take on things is a good balance, not least because you seriously studied history. Also the significant danger in cultural studies of confirmation bias and the risj of theorising drifting into campaigning rather than scholarship. The response by the journal and publisher smacks rather worryingly of lack of interest in evidence, and closing ranks.