11.08.2016

An updated version of Shelley's "The Mask of Anarchy" reflecting the 2016 election and its Republican presidential candidate. 

07.05.2016

Consider this: classic noir movies are about truth rather than erotic satisfaction. A MacGuffin pulls a narrative down a track criss-crossing the love story that will make the movie end happily. We want the happy ending, but not too soon. 

03.17.2016

On how memory relies on rhythm to fill in blanks by giving a silent voice to the unthought. 

10.24.2015

A note on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's decision to "translate" Shakespeare's plays for a contemporary audience.

10.09.2015

Remembering the life, works, and ideas of the late film director.

09.14.2015

On the mythological and biological necessity of work: "You can only survive if you work, since so much is working against you."

06.20.2015

Can you guess these famous last words and their meaning?

04.09.2015

Though Shakespeare may not have invented parapraxes, he certainly exploited their psychological depths long before Freud. 

02.10.2015

Some thoughts on the potential evolutionary genesis of intersubjectivity  

10.07.2014

We has them. I want a cheezburger, and I can has cheezburger, but I don't want to want one.

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William Flesch

William Flesch is the author, most recently, of Comeuppance: Costly Signaling, Altruistic Punishment, and Other Biological Components of Fiction (Harvard, 2008), and The Facts on File Companion to 19th Century British Literature.  He teaches the history of poetry as well as the theory of poetic and narrative form at Brandeis, and has been International Chair Professor at the National Taipei University of Technology (2012) and Old Dominion Fellow of the Humanities Council and Visiting Professor at Princeton (2014-15).

Publications

The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry: 19th Century
Facts on File | 2009
Comeuppance
Harvard University Press | 2008