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Literature

Noir and Nationhood in the Twenty-First Century

Professor David Schmid examines Film Noir in a new light, suggesting that we need to accentuate the ways in which noir can critique the dominant discourses of nationhood, especially the premium such discourses place on belonging, hierarchy, and the status quo. […]

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American Literature

Discussing The Future Of Dystopian Works

Whether it’s the current political climate or just a resurgence in popularity, dark novels such as “1984,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Parable of the Sower” are flying off the shelves. What’s next for dystopian writing? […]

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Ancient Literature

How Did Constantine Alter the Course of the Roman Empire?

In the course, Books That Matter: The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Professor Leo Damrosch examines this great work from multiple perspectives; as a vast historical chronicle, as a compelling masterpiece of literature, as a sharp commentary on cultural mores, and as a cautionary tale to Enlightenment Europe. […]

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Arts

What Hamlet Teaches Us About Revenge

One of the big questions throughout anyone’s life is a common one: Should you take revenge? How much time should you give pondering revenge? In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, we see first hand where the path of vengeance can tragically lead. […]

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