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Studying English. (bored with own voice)

Learning about literature and the great writers of our times in a college setting does not make any of it seem accessible. I am still a lost child of my generation, inundated by the sheer weight of every word written in perfect placement by every predecessor. 407 more words

Prose Poetry

The (Latest) Literary Canon Wars and The Thing About Writers

On this morning’s Meditation While Jogging, I could not get the subject of “The Great New York Literary Subtweet War of 2014” out of my head. 281 more words


On the literary canon

From “What is Literature? In Defense of the Canon,” by Arthur Krystal in Harper’s, 2011 March, pp. 89-94.  Boldfacing mine.

In effect, the canon formalized modern literature as a select body of imaginative writings that could stand up to the Greek and Latin texts. 523 more words

Setting the Hearts of Youth on Fire: Why Literature Departments No Longer Teach Literature for Literature's Sake

Since graduating with my M.A. in English, I have attempted to read more of the great canonical literary works and literary criticisms that I sadly did not acquire during my time at my former state university. 1,569 more words

An Author's Query for Info About Stanley Elkin and William Gass

  This just in– I have been briefly corresponding with a researcher-scholar and novelist who is seeking sound information regarding the Elkin-Gass friendship, both personal and professional, to wit, their… 278 more words


Stuck in the Literary Canon

Even while I write with the aim of becoming part of a growing literary tradition, I manage to stick to the tried and true literary canon of old. 369 more words

THE LONG SHADOW: Flannery O’Connor’s Masterful Use of Dread and Foreboding in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

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Scholars and critics have poured over O’Connor’s amazing literary achievement in her story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” for decades. 1,104 more words