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Poetry Teaches Us About Illness

July 13, 2018
For many readers, poetry is a place to visit and find solace or comfort. But for others, a poem is a place to reflect, as Amanda North, lecturer in the Department of English, contends in her new article “The Ruin of Madness” published in Construction Literary Magazine. North argues that lyric poetry works to invite […]

New Ideas in Dante’s “Inferno”

July 10, 2018
Dante Alighieri’s 14-century The Divine Comedy stands as one of the most popular epic poems ever written. Still, it has modern dimensions, in that it challenged traditional ideas. In a new article, “The Pagan Suicides: Augustine and Inferno 13,” published in Medium Ævum Journal, Leah Schwebel, assistant professor of English, argues that Dante ch...

Turning Points As Interpretive Acts

July 9, 2018
A turning point is a moment of decision and change of situation in life. In history and in fiction, events are considered turning points when they mark the moment when things begin to change. It is no wonder, then, that turning points are important to critical theory and to how we understand the stories that […]

When Empathy Goes Wrong

July 6, 2018
It has been argued that fixating on the big picture–such as tracking numbers–can obscure the lived experience of homelessness. Knowing, for example, that, according to the latest national estimate, Texas experienced a 1.8 percent increase in homelessness in 2017 may not help us fully understand the social issue from a human, individual perspecti...

Cutting-Edge Writers Share About Writing Fiction

July 6, 2018
The fiction writing process is an artistic one. But it also involves cultural, political, and philosophical dimensions. How do successful fiction writers do it? Autobiographies and biographies of past greats can give us insight. So can Divergent Trajectories: Interviews with Innovative Fiction Writers (The Ohio State University Press, 2017), a n...

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