The Unicorn (Mayor graphic novel, s1, p58)

The Unicorn

The medieval symbolism of the unicorn is about love, purity and virginity; they can only be trapped by virgins, to whom they are attracted.

A more modern symbolism represents the unicorn as symbolic of loss and mourning, referencing a loss of innocence rather than innocence itself – we can no longer allow ourselves to believe in unicorns if we expect to be taken seriously. The unicorn has become a forbidden delight, and also an infinitely sad one, because we know we may never be permitted to indulge in such a fantasy again.

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Jenny Weight
English consultant and graphic novelist
Since leaving the higher education sector I’ve been focussed on thinking about education more holistically – I’m particularly interested in the interface between education and media, but I want to understand better how we can bring our traditional educational institutions to embrace the possibilities that the network and media are opening up. We need to reinvent education to suit the nature of our working lives, and our need to engage in routine lifelong learning. I use my research and writing skills to explore these issues. I consult on education issues and assist postgraduate students with their theses.

As an artist, my new project is Mayor, a graphic novel set in thirteenth century Spain. You can find out more about these activities in my blog: geniwate.com.

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