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September 7, 2020

Forms Of Enchantment – Literary Conversations, Part 1 (Jennifer Denrow and Mathias Svalina With Roger Green)

The following is republished from The New Polis, and is the first of a four-part series. The video version can be found here. Jennifer Denrow is the author of California (Four Way Books, 2011). Her chapbooks include How We Know it is That (Horse Less Press, 2014) and From California, On (Brave Men Press, 2012). Her writing…

March 9, 2020

The Hollow Christians Of End Times Fiction, Part 2 (Paul Maltby)

The following is republished from Religious Theory. It is the second of a three-part series. The first can be found here. End Times fiction’s unrelenting focus on human sinfulness and unworthiness, a focus that reflects the defining tenet of fundamentalist anthropology, leaves out of account the doctrine of the Imago Dei.…

April 9, 2019

James Bond And Jack Sparrow – Literary Archetypes Of Contrasting Economic Eras (Marianne Kimura)

Commander James Bond and Captain Jack Sparrow. Both are British. Both are fictional characters. Both are heroes. Both are clever. Both appeal to the opposite sex. Both are good-looking, quick with comebacks, original in their approaches to adversity, and adroit with weapons. Both are seemingly mesmerizing to movie audiences and…

December 30, 2018

Ambient Rhetoric And Graphic Novels (Sergio C. Figueiredo)

In the fall of 2015 I taught a Literary Genre course Kennesaw State University in Georgia on the Graphic Novel (ENGL 3230 Syllabus).  I taught it from the perspective of rhetorical genres as described by Carolyn Miller in “Genre as Social Action.” the features of which are as follows: Genre…

May 20, 2018

Degenerate Art and The Modern (Sue Wightman)

“IT’S A SICKENING OUTRAGE! Sadistic! Obscene! Evil! ……. These people are the wreckers of civilization!” (Tory MP Nicholas Fairbairn) The ‘Prostitution’ Exhibition at the ICA, London caused an outcry in the national press and parliament.  Debate raged against the ‘degenerate’ nature of the show. Yet again art was testing the…

April 23, 2017

The Museum As Battlefield – The Case Of Hito Steyerl, Part 1 (Wigbertson Julian Isenia)

 The following is the first of a two-part series. If we lose public and semipublic space, we lose everything. Artists give up their authorship when necessary, and it is the same for institutions. We need to find ways to get out of the art context, especially during historical moments like…

April 3, 2017

Perennialism and Primitivism In Psychedelic Religions, Part 3 (Roger Green)

The following is the last of a three-part series.  The first installment can be found here, the second here. Although Mercante tracks gender differences, when visitors are foreign, education level, and occasionally social class, he does not address ethnicity among members.  This makes his work difficult to comment on from the…

October 31, 2016

From Shakespeare To Search Engines – Experimental Poetry Comes Of Age (Daniel Y. Harris)

The following are edited portions of an interview with Daniel Y. Harris, a contributing editor of Esthesis as well as co-founder and current editor of X-Peri, an e-magazine for experimental poetry.   He is also the author of several influential books of poetry, including Hyperlinks of Anxiety, The Underworld of…