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Academic Perversions, Courtesy The Oxford DON-Keys

Photo courtesy A Chump at Oxford (1940), Hal Roach Studios starring Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy

American art historian and museologist Homa Nasab began her doctoral research at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, in 2004. Prior to joining the OI, she had been awarded three graduate degrees from Harvard University (Extension), Courtauld Institute of Art and the Department of History of Art at the University of Oxford… Today, Nasab, an institutional critic, is advised that the only way through which she ought to deal with Oxford is a human rights lawyer.


Nasab is now writing a screenplay about her experiences in academia called The Don-Keys: an ode to the late Right Honourable Alan Clark’s The Donkeys (1961). A former minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government, Clark was the son and the brother of eminent art historians Sir Kenneth Clark and T.J. Clark. Drawing on the expression “lions led by donkeys,” The Donkeys criticizes the actions of British Army commanders during World War I. Clark’s book inspired a musical and later the movie Oh! What A Lovely War (1969). Directed by Lord Richard Attenborough, the movie stars Baron Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson, Sir Michael Redgrave, Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Dirk Bogarde, Sir John Clements, Sir John Mills, Colonel Sir Jack Hawkins, Sir Ian Holmes, and Dame (declined) Vanessa Redgrave …among others.

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Posted by Playhouse of the Muses on 4/5/12 | tags: University of Oxford Tim Stanley Victoria & Albert Museum Homa Katouzian Edmund Herzig

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