Literature Category

July 23, 2020
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The Novel, Tragedy, And Sacrifice (Steven Dunn and Selah Saterstrom With Roger Green)

By Roger Green Steven Dunn and Selah Saterstrom, two novelists currently working in Denver, Colorado, share many aesthetic sensibilities. Here I as the interviewer particularly focuses on material approaches to language that we see in their work, arguing that what they bring to the novel is a notion of cultural…

July 9, 2020
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Blanchot And Disaster (Roger Green)

In this essay, I want to explore the distinction between the “state of exception” and the “disaster.” In doing so, I am also drawing on an interesting seminar that Joshua Ramey has been providing online for the general public called “Debt as Original Sin.” Following arguments in Devin Singh’s Divine Currency, Ramey…

June 22, 2020
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The Cultural Turn To The Material – Where The Crawdads Sing, Witches, And Japan, Part 2 (Marianne Kimura)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. Given the intense focus on the material and the deep and scientific knowledge of the material of the author in Where the Crawdads Sing, it is interesting to ask if there is a connection between…

June 8, 2020
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The Cultural Turn To The Material – Where The Crawdads Sing, Witches, And Japan, Part 1 (Marianne Kimura)

The following is the first of a two-part series. In the recent punishing publishing environment where, for example, sales of adult fiction in America are down from 144 million units to 116 million units (20%) over a 4 year period, according to NPD BookScan, Delia Owens’ novel Where the Crawdads…

November 9, 2018
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A Cathartic Manifesto: Corporeality in James Joyce, Part 2 (Tim Royan)

The following is the second part in a two-part installment. The first part can be found here.  The fact that Bloom implements a diseased prostitute’s body, “medically…speaking,” to launch into an argument against dualism obviously mirrors Joyce’s implementation of the human body for the exact same reason, as well as the…

October 23, 2018
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A Cathartic Manifesto: Corporeality In James Joyce, Part 1 (Tim Royan)

The following is the first of a two-part series. James Joyce, throughout his literary career, repeatedly implements descriptions of the human body and its functions as a thematic device through which to explore other, more grandiose literary topics. In the process, he utilizes an almost routine breaking of taboos that…

November 17, 2017
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Racing For The Prize, Part 2 (Michael Boughn)

The following is the second of a two-part installment.  The first part is linked here. The article was previously published in Canadian Literature 219 (Winter 2013): (193-199).  It is republished with permission of the author. This high/low distinction has haunted thinking about art since the eighteenth century and its spatial language is a reminder of the…

November 10, 2017
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Racing For The Prize, Part 1 (Michael Boughn)

The following is the first of a two-part installment.  The article was previously published in Canadian Literature 219 (Winter 2013): (193-199).  It is republished with permission of the author. Not long ago I was “short listed,” as they say, for a big literary prize. How big is big, you well may ask.  Big enough to…