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by Steve Mentz | 07.06.2020
The most powerful depiction of illness in Elizabethan London was a lyric poem by the urban pamphleteer and stylistic experimentalist Thomas Nashe, who probably died of the plague around 1600.
by Mohammad Salama | 07.06.2020
I grew up in the aftermath of Nasser’s Egypt, where public education was made free for all.
by Alexander Key | 08.03.2020
Ma'na is not the same as “meaning” at all; it is its own story.  
by Holly Crocker | 10.22.2019
Sacrifice and care are attributes that are difficult to map onto commonplace understandings of subjectivity. Perhaps that is because subjectivity has long been thought in gendered ways that leave little place for the seemingly feminine. 
by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra | 09.30.2019
It is difficult to envision the sheer quantity of pearls dredged up from the New World by sixteenth-century colonists. An average of a 1,000 pounds of pearl per year in tax revenue alone. The social, political, and ecological challenges of producing such richness is the subject of a fascinating book by historian Molly Warsh reviewed here.   
by Gregory Jusdanis | 09.21.2019
Searching for the childhood haunts of the great poet Cavafy reveals both what has been lost to time and what remains alive in human memory.   
by Jin Yun Chow | 08.01.2019
How do we speak and write in a way that is concise and accessible to a wider audience and that can make an impact on social movements and on life in society?
by Evan Alterman | 08.01.2019
Mixed forms are crucial not only to the understanding of khuntha, mukhannath, and khanith communities, but also to the very scaffolding of Almarri’s paper. 
by Carrie Noland | 06.03.2019
Can you recall your earliest gesture? Perhaps not consciously, but traces of these first attempts to orient our bodies in space linger in our everyday experiences. 
by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra | 05.06.2019
Pirate or privateer? In practice, identical, but in terms of legal and social standing, the designations were considered worlds away in the contested waters of the North Atlantic. How did sanctioned privateering transition over time to being considered lawless pirating? 

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