Archive for December 26th, 2005
The Chronicle: 12/16/2005: The Fragmentation of Literary Theory
Daphne Patai, a professor of Brazilian literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and co-editor of Theory’s Empire, argues that theory-driven tendencies in the profession have fed an obsession with “ersatz politics” among students and done lasting damage to their literary education. “We’re teaching theory to students, […]
The John Barth and bad reviewing
A) Barth can’t “get on” with his stories without the “postmodern soft-shoe routine” because performing such a routine is precisely his way of telling stories. Asking him to lose his “verbal pyrotechnics” and his “sef-consciousness” (”talking about the telling itself,” as Gilsdorf clumsily puts it) is asking him to lose […]
Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | ‘It no longer feels a great injustice that I have to die’
“Maybe we shouldn’t be talking about literature at all,” I say.
“Ha, ha,” he says. “Now you’re talking! I would be wonderful with a 100-year moratorium on literature talk, if you shut down all literature departments, close the […]
On the Spot at Fantasybookspot: Kelly Link | Fantasybookspot
Kelly Link writes books with zombies in them.
Subjects: interview, fiction
Pete Bagge on Amtrak
Subjects: journalism, comics