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British Literature

Victorian Writers and Critics Clashed over Content—Who Won?

February 25, 2019

The late Victorian period is known for great literary talent and the controversies that embroiled it. For example, authors and critics clashed over the depictions of sexuality and of unhappy marriages in print and on the stage. But is it really true that there is no bad PR? […]

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British Literature

The Life, Writings, and Legacy of C. S. Lewis

April 5, 2018

C. S. Lewis is one of the greatest writers and thinkers of the twentieth century. In the midst of a post-Christian age, Lewis dared to advocate a genial return to orthodox Christian doctrine. Here, we take a brief view of the legacy of C. S. Lewis. […]

British Literature

H. G. Wells and the Quest for Utopia

March 9, 2017

Many of H. G. Wells’ science fiction stories contain fantastical utopian overtones. What was the historical impact of including these utopian settings within the context of his writings? And, relatedly, is there a way to see utopia as being inherently part of the science fiction project? […]

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British Literature

How Pushkin Discovered Shakespeare

February 19, 2017

In 1825, a group of aristocrats attempted an uprising on a St. Petersburg square. Naïvely, given that they had no widespread support, they thought they […]

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