Just what is that infamous thing, a close reading?


Here’s how I got to that question, and it’s not because I’m giving up on the standard English Ph.D. tactic of giving books as birthday presents to everyone I know (which gets more embarrassing every year, really).


Over at the National Humanities Center’s On the Human website, Paula Moya has posted a fascinating piece on cultural neuroscience, science reporting, and race.


A dark fable of global cultural circulation...


(In which poetry specifically does not provide consolation, and a good thing too.)


Name your favorite historical master narratives!


Yet once more, O ye laurels, I consider the last twenty Nobel prizewinners in literature, and once more I turn over the question of literary autonomy...


Let us return once again to the groves of Swedish Academe, and continue contemplating the last twenty Nobel literature lectures...


What is world literature--as seen from Stockholm?


Andrew Goldstone

Andrew Goldstone is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His book, Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man, is published by Oxford University Press. He specializes in twentieth-century literature in English, with interests in modernist and non-modernist writing, literary theory, the sociology of literature, and the digital humanities.


Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man
Oxford University Press | 2013