Articles tagged literary history

In ‘Cool Characters’, a Cultural Monstrosity Is Wrangled

Lee Konstantinou provides America with the definition of "Irony" it probably needs. As long as there's a dictionary nearby.

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Steven Moore’s Love of Literature Is Infectious

Steven Moore develops layered landscapes of literary history, and deftly brings the reader to the various authors' time and place.

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Who Wrote Shakespeare and Why You Should Care

James Shapiro encourages those who believe that someone else wrote Shakespeare’s plays to examine their prejudices about where genius comes from, how it works, and who gets to have it.

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Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Moris Dickstein

Dickstein makes compelling sense of a bewildering decade’s art and expression, revealing essential elements of Depression-era culture that continue to speak to our lives.

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Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Ayn Rand set out to remake reality as if it were an ill-fitting dress: by sheer will, she tried to fashion a Balenciaga gown from a housedress.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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