Historical painting showing Alexander Pushkin
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 […]

Writing with quill pen

Elegant and Effective Sentences

January 27, 2017

By Brooks Landon, Ph.D, University of Iowa Writing well is, at heart, all about writing well-crafted sentences. Sentences are alive. We experience them in time, […]

Painting featuring Odysseus and other people
Ancient Literature

Odysseus, Master of Schemes

December 23, 2016

Odysseus was a legendary king of ancient Ithaca, an island in the Ionian Sea. Look at Odysseus as the awed Greek hero celebrated in Homer’s Odyssey and other poems related to the Trojan War. We’ll pay particular attention to the ways in which Odysseus’s scheming and lies lead to heroic triumphs—and nearly kill him. […]

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