Literature

The Man Booker International Prize Goes Global but Lands Back Home
May 19, 2015

The winner of the Man Booker International prize elicited both groans and hurrahs from fans of international literature.

Jonathan Franzen's “Bad” Sex Writing Isn't His Fault
May 15, 2015

All sex writing looks bad out of context.

Life Is "Triggering." The Best Literature Should Be, Too.
A few Columbia students want warnings on Ovid. What's next? Here's what Literature Fascism would look like.
May 14, 2015

A few Columbia students want warnings on Ovid. What's next? Here's what Literature Fascism would look like.

The Risks of Siding With French Secularism
The National Front's defense of 'Charlie Hebdo' should make the mag's progressive American defenders wary
May 10, 2015

The National Front's defense of 'Charlie Hebdo' should make the mag's progressive American defenders wary.

'Far from the Madding Crowd' Tries Too Hard to Make Its Victorian Heroine a 21st-Century Feminist
April 30, 2015

By trying to make its protagonist a modern feminist, Far from the Madding Crowd loses sight of its story.

VIDA Wants Writers to Create "Important" Female Characters. Bad Advice.
April 08, 2015

Stick to improving the number of female bylines and reviewed authors.

What Gandhi Understood About Inflammatory Depictions of Muhammad
January 21, 2015

Non-Muslims have long used his image to provoke Muslims.

"I Think Spinster Is An Identity Every Woman Can Claim"
Talking with the author of 'Texts from Jane Eyre'
November 06, 2014

"Something that makes a really great literary character would often make a horrible roommate ..."

Lytton Strachey Explains What a Strange, Marvelous Creature the Inventor of Modern Biography Was
October 29, 2014

"One of the most extraordinary successes in the history of civilization was achieved by an idler, a lecher, a drunkard, and a snob."

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