Literature and Writing

Photograph of author Karl Ove Knausgard standing, holding a microphone, and reading from a book where the title "My Struggle" is visible

The Ethics of Telling All: What’s at Stake in Memoir Writing?

In memoir writing, where's the line between tell-all and telling too much?
Photograph of a bookshelf of uniform "harvard classic" books; visible titles are Don Quixote and The Aeneid

Classics in the Era of Trump

Is it dangerous or productive to filter the Trump administration through the lens of classical studies?
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Afrofuturism: The Beginning of the End for Stereotypical Black People in...

Will the success of Black Pather herald a new age of Afrofuturism in media?
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The Transplant Scenario in Fiction and Film

Fictional representations of organ transplant scenarios offer valuable insights into the real-world practice.

The Handmaid’s Tale and Commodifying Reproduction

Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, now a popular show, poses troubling parallels for surrogacy in the United States.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora and Intergenerational Responsibility

Kim Stanley Robinson's latest work raises a key question: what do current generations owe to those who are not yet born?

Did Bob Dylan Deserve a Nobel?

Bob Dylan's Nobel award opens up questions of music as literature, as well as how the Nobel committee chooses its honorees.

The Sellout: Satire and Race Relations

"The Sellout" uses satire to depict race relations, but is this an inappropriate way to address complex conversations, or a step toward a solution?

Laughing at, or with, Hitler?

Look Who's Back's brutal satire raises questions about juxtaposing comedy and tragedy.

This and That: The NRA’s Firearm Fairy Tales

Interns Conner Gordon and Connor McAndrew take a look at the NRA's controversial, firearm-themed retelling of childhood fairy tales.