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 […]

Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts
American Literature

Thoreau and Walden: American Nature Writing

January 28, 2017

By Ashton Nichols,Ph.D., Dickinson College Walden; Or, Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau, is the foundational text of American nature writing; the point from […]

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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