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by Ricardo Padrón | 03.25.2019
Are there limits to the pursuit of realism in fiction? For Cervantes, at least, those limits are to be found somewhere in between three hundred goats and the bodily needs of Sancho Panza. 
by Mohammad Salama | 03.16.2019
In the wake of the massacre in New Zealand, a reflection on the need to confront hatred, to come together as one human community and to learn that our difference is the formative experience of existence on earth.
by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra | 03.11.2019
In both the Iberian Peninsula and the New World, the archive played a central role in the creation of borders. Through the alchemy of litigation and treaty mediation, the paperwork of fictional claims was transformed into lines on the ground.  
by Ayten Tartici | 03.05.2019
How has the experience of being a refugee changed in a world of drones, 24-hour live news feeds, and text messages that zip across the globe in seconds? How does contemporary fiction capture the contradictions of being a refugee in a hyperconnected 21st century?
by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra | 02.07.2019
Offering a provocative critique of the unspoken liberal underpinning of historiography on slavery, Herman Bennett's new study is addressed to Europeanists who have ignored the centrality of slavery to early modern political theory.
by Eleanor Courtemanche | 01.08.2019
Is today's "fourth wave" feminist movement really a "fifth wave"? We can't understand the inclusiveness, confidence, and playful spirit of today's protest movement without appreciating the wave of community-building that took place in girls' internet fan culture starting around 2000. 
by Ali Shakir | 12.17.2018
Can literature widden the scope of our understanding of the nations of the Middle East away from Orientalism and ISIS to include the struggle of a middle class that continues to fight for reform in the region?   
by Andrew Berish | 12.06.2018
Between irony and sincerity, Americans today, like their predecessors in the mid-twentieth century, continue to choose both.
by Scott Ferguson | 10.10.2018
To address neoliberalism’s globalized crises, we must abandon the exculpatory logics of modern sovereignty and avow the universal dependence articulated in Thomas Aquinas’s conception of ‘natural law’. 
by Gregory Jusdanis | 09.24.2018
Given the absences in the Cavafy archive regarding the poet's sexuality, we have no choice but to fill in the gaps with our imagination, bringing together disparate stories and reading between the lines.

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