(un)common ground

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Tag Archives: literature

Words, Out There, Wandering Around Alone

Those words, which probably no one else, at least not in that precise form, would ever have said before, had the good fortune not to have lost each other, they … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

What a Book Says and What It Means

Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means. Umberto … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

How “To Kill a Mockingbird” Perpetuated a Myth about Racism

To Kill a Mockingbird seemed to usher in a new trend in Southern literature. It proved that a book could acknowledge and even condemn the South’s racist past and still be … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

No Position Free of Theory

[T]here is no position free of theory, not even the one called ‘common sense.’ Leitch et al., The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2001) Notes: A particularly poignant statement. If … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Arts Enable Us to Suss Out Our Feelings

The value of the arts, though, isn’t merely that they give us another way to talk about whatever the concerns of the day are. Sweeping stories like Star Wars and … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment