Identity: Inspiration and Resources

Here you can find links to articles, books, broadcasts, podcasts and other materials which deal with ‘identity’.


  • BBC Radio 4’s Reith Lectures  about ‘Mistaken Identities‘ were given in 2016 by Kwame Anthony Appiah. There was one on Colour, Culture, Country and Creed. You can listen again to the lectures here.
  • Ava Vidal wrote this article about intersectionality called ‘Intersectional feminism: what the hell is it? (And why you should care)’,
    for the Daily Telegraph in 2014.
  • Fairy Tales often explore forms of identity: your gender (Mulan); your appearance (Beauty and the Beast) or your origins (Pinocchio, Aladdin)
  • George Orwell’s essay ‘The Lion and the Unicorn‘, written during the Blitz, is about English identity and the idea of patriotism.
  • In his book ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ Orwell wrote about the identity of the working-class in Northern England, and also reflected on his own position in the ‘lower-upper-middle-class’ and the difficulty of communicating across social boundaries.