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Separating Art from Artist

Separating Art from Artist

Some of the most renowned authors have been horribly problematic people. Salinger was an adulterer and has been accused of pedophilia. Anne Perry murdered her mother. T.S. Eliot was a raging anti-Semite – as were Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, and Ernest Hemingway. So why is it that we study these author’s texts with such fervent...
Erotic Literature; A Platform for Feminism

Erotic Literature; A Platform for Feminism

  Recently I took to re-watching the TV show Mad Men, which takes place primarily in the ‘60’s in Manhattan. One aspect of the show that makes it so enjoyable – but often so difficult – to watch is the way it calls out the sexism of the time period by portraying strong female leads...
Lyricism as Literature

Lyricism as Literature

A couple months ago Bob Dylan accepted a Nobel Prize for literature. This might strike some as odd, because of the stigma of grouping lyricism with literature. People may argue, if one lyricist’s work is considered literature, where do we draw the line? Can the work of Miley Cyrus or Drake be looped in with...
The Place of Women in Autobiography and Memoir

The Place of Women in Autobiography and Memoir

At the end of every school term, we get pestered with email after email requesting the same thing: please fill out your course evaluations! Usually, unless allotted time during lectures, I do not take the ten minutes required to fill out the online survey filled with boring “scale of one to ten” questions. I’m all...
On The Power of Words

On The Power of Words

As English students, we know how powerful words can be. They can transport us to different eras and locations. They can make fantasy seem to be reality. They can inspire us, teach us, and create worlds, emotions, and futures. They can even get us an A+ on our exam papers, if we use them well…...