Literature and Writing

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.

Should Musician’s Intent Matter to Political Campaigns?

Are politicians wrong to appropriate music for their own purposes? Your answer probably depends on how you read literature.

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.

Copyrighting Anne Frank’s Diary

On January 1, Anne Frank's diary was published online by more than one person, despite outcry from the Anne Frank Fonds, the foundation founded...

Mein Kampf and German Censorship

Part of Post-World War II policy in Germany was to ban Nazi propaganda and symbols from being displayed. This includes propaganda from the Nazi...

Whiteness and Go Set a Watchman

The release of author Harper Lee's long-awaited second novel, Go Set a Watchman, has sparked controversy even before hitting the shelves. Central among these...

The Audacity of “I”

In defense of incorporating first-person into academic texts of all kinds.

The Poetry of ISIS: Is it Literature?

Drawing on images of beauty and atrocity alike, the poems of ISIS spark questions of how literature is defined.