Did the violent history of European exploration culminate in greater freedom or bland decadence?
Whether or not sovereignty resembles, is founded on, or else opposes itself to paternal authority within the confines of the family has been debated (though not always in those terms) in Western political thought from Plato onward.
Max Weber's readings of Tolstoy bridge the gap between the ninetheeth and twentieth century
Metaphor is a figure of resemblance, even if its literary charm and its pedagogical powers depend on the kick of difference.
Drilling beneath recent headlines of violence and terrorism in Nigeria, one finds a country bursting with energy, life, and hospitality.
How to account for the lasting influence of a fifty-year old work of literary criticism? Thomas P. Roche, Jr.'s book, The Kindly Flame, encourages readers to make their own meaning out of Spenser's Faerie Queene.
Recalling his work on the committee appointed for the revisal of Virginia laws between 1776 and 1779, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his colleague and former law professor George Wythe that his “researches” into colonial legal history had led him to discover the deplorable state of the manuscript copies of the laws.
"Equality or Dignity?" Christopher Warley explores the tension at the heart of Erich Auerbach's work alongside recent biographies of Derrida and Spenser.
Writing on the border of life and text, poet Joseph Lease suggests "the only way to be honest is to be haunted."
American Dreams in China (2013) is a Chinese film about upward mobility that will feel familiar to most Americans.
On the conjoining of cinematography and electrocution in execution films.
How might a closer look at images of religious diversity since the eighteenth century upend our understanding of modern pluralism?
How important is Katniss Everdeen, really, to the uprising in Panem?
A closer look at the origins and structure of "synthesized life" at the heart of biopolitics.
On the losing, now elapsed, and ultimately monarchist case in the struggle over love, learning, and femininity that raged from Revolution to Restoration.
Hurrah for friendship. This was one of the messages behind the heart-stopping price of close to 19 billion dollars Facebook offered for WhatsApp, the new instant messaging service.
How psychology’s gradual emergence as an autonomous field concerned with the production of knowledge also tells an important story about the systematic ordering of the sciences more generally.
A polyphonic blog-poem—in English and Georgian—about decolonizing one's self.
“You never know exactly what’s going on there”: the old adage about other peoples’ marriages applies equally to the academic job market.
How the University of Paris was represented as “the daughter of the king,” when actual royal daughters were excluded from the right to rule.
In Roland Emmerich’s schlocky disaster film The Day After Tomorrow (2004), a tsunami swamps the New York Public Library and enables some ham-handed scenarios about the fate of books after an environmental apocalypse.
For my last post on Cervantes and his “invention of fiction” before handing in my finished manuscript, I wanted to return to one of the most influential interpretations of his work in the twentieth century: that of Michel Foucault.
Elizabeth Bishop’s most impactful letter of the summer of 1947 was the first substantive one she ever wrote to Robert Lowell.
I just finished reading a fascinating appetizer to John Carlin’s new book on Nelson Mandela, Knowing Mandela.
How could a man born on a Greek island in 1869 be a household name in Japan today?
How the advent of the "new psychology" in the late 19th century comes to shape and name the individual as the privileged site for sociocultural diagnosis and intervention.
Let’s talk about quantitative literary history and where you can find the best tacos al pastor.