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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. […]

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Literature

Noir and Nationhood in the Twenty-First Century

December 1, 2017

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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Literature

Theseus—The Hero of Athens

December 1, 2017

Theseus—a hero who is especially associated with Athens—shows up in a great deal of classic Greek literature. Why is this? […]

American Literature

Discussing The Future Of Dystopian Works

August 22, 2017

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?

June 18, 2017

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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