One of the main challenges of understanding medieval literature is that it is not “literature” in the modern sense.
Forms offers a powerful new answer to one of the most pressing problems facing literary, critical, and cultural studies today—how to connect form to political, social, and historical context.
Taste in Translation
To what extent should literary taste be thought of as a given, especially when applied to literature from elsewhere?
Close Reading as Genre
Just what is that infamous thing, a close reading?
Mild Complaints about a Well-Loved Film
The other week, I went to see Toy Story 3. I’ve not seen the other two films in the Pixar series, but I figured I could catch the series’ drift, and it’s summer: what’s better than air conditioning and popcorn when the temperature hits 100?
Undead Novel, Two
Previously, I wrote about a class on Media Archeology co-taught at NYU by Alexander Galloway, a media theorist and Ben Kafka, a historian.
Undead Novel, part one
In my last blog post, I wrote about the ways the Israeli artist Ohad Meromi’s recent installation “Creative Circle” allows its viewers to bodily encounter a set of objects that already exist in relationship. It’s understandable that we’d feel embodiment when we encounter performance (and, as Allison Carruth points out in her post on Jònsi, the gestural often hums along under the radar of critical engagement: when we attend to it, our own somatic encounters with performance can be startling).
Race and Narrative Theory in “Postrace” American Fiction
A whole new generation of minority writers has come to prominence whose work signals a radical turn to a "postrace" era in American literature.
What is it about the human (Western?) mind that compels us to think in narratives?