Contributors to the forum convene to grapple with the all-important question: what is the essay?
The Essay: An Attempt, A Protean Form
What can the oddities of Montaigne's Essays teach us about the multifaceted--and perhaps even omnidirectional--nature of literary influence and inheritance?
Three of Swift's "incoherent" essays in relation to contemporary debates on individual consciousness and authority.
How Orwell manages to be both “writerly” and earnestly plain in the manner of political journalism, through two representative essays.
Harrison explores the commitments of Robert Musil's essayistic ontology, finding their fullest expression in his great essayistic novel The Man Without Qualities.
How Borges's essays succeed at "an obscure, intimate adventure they could not arrive at except through the grand, expected misfire"
Can the genre of the essay become the frame for a new, decidedly contemporaneous style of literary criticism?
An annotated bibliography of influential and interesting accounts of the essay.