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The Young and the Superpowered in Isolation: Revisiting Anne Dyson's 'Writing Superheroes'

Dyson's seminal Writing Superheroes, and how children process violence and power, is considered in a new light as children consume media in this time of social isolation.


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Critical Noir: Confessions of a ThugNiggaIntellectual

If you need to know what the boundaries of diction are, listen to my reformed ghetto-ass.

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How to Read Terry Eagleton's 'How to Read Literature'

Prolific literary critic Terry Eagleton tries to explain how but doesn't tell why, we shouldn't read about vacuum cleaners in How to Read Literature.

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The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon

A certain species that thrive in English departments and creative writing programs make good fodder for satire in Dana Schwartz's The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon.

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Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence (By the Book)

Escaping abjection's usual confines of psychoanalysis and aesthetic modernism, the contributors to Abjection Incorporated examine a range of media, including literature, photography, film, television, talking dolls, comics, and manga. Enjoy this generous excerpt, courtesy of Duke University Press.

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Herb Childress and Christopher Stephens on the Plight of Itinerant Educators

Critic Herb Childress exposes some uncomfortable truths in The Adjunct Underclass that are both painfully difficult for adjunct professors to admit and essential reading for those concerned with the cultural and intellectual future of America.

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Scythian Invite You to "Experience Appaloosa" with a Live Performance of "New York Girls" (premiere)

Ahead of the fifth annual Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, festival hosts Scythian share a rousing live performance of "New York Girls" from last year's outing.

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Terry Eagleton's 'Humour' Is Neither Too Prude Nor Too Erudite

Terry Eagleton's Humor wisely makes no argument beyond a survey of all the ways one can debunk some portion of all preceding theories of humor.

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Saving Acid Communism: 800 Pages of the Essential Leftist Critic Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher's posthumous collection of essays, k-punk, edited by Darren Ambrose, is an important reminder of the power and versatility of Leftist thinking in horrible times.

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'The Anguish of Thought': A Logical Line of Analysis for a Study of Madness

Regarding Evelyne Grossman's The Anguish of Thought, Ph.D. candidates across America should just lay down their pencils now before they embarrass themselves.

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Is 'Lissa' a Trailblazer in Bridging Academia and Comics?

What a graphic narrative like Lissa achieves in terms of conceptual and communicative clarity should be valued equally alongside what a journal article written in academic prose achieves in terms of terminological precision and density of data.

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Haven't You Learned How to Take a Joke? The Comedy-on-Campus Debates

The college comedy deficit means that we are neither taught how to take a joke nor how to interpret one.

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Why Aren't Safe Spaces and Brave Spaces Working in Academia?

University campuses are seething. But telling people to get along with each other is not the answer.

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