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Literature as Resistance: Nicomedes Santa Cruz

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Nicomedes Santa Cruz worked from within the Spanish décima tradition to stage the recovery of his Afro-Peruvian roots.

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Storytelling and Human Survival

For Memorial Day, a reflection on war and how storytelling can help veterans heal.

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Literature as Resistance: María Nsué Angüé’s Ekomo

Guinean writer María Nsué Angüé’s novel Ekomo explores the liminality of being in a moment of deep crisis.

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Benét and Time Well Spent

You can’t read Stephen Vincent Benét without recognizing his faith in the promise of America. Catch up on this middlebrow writer well worth a re-read.

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Literature as Resistance: The Works of Rosario Castellanos

Underrated and underread: the work of Mexican feminist writer Rosario Castellanos can be considered a literary act of resistance, a way of carving out a female space in public intellectual life.

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Edna Ferber’s Cimarron

Middlebrow writer Edna Ferber’s 1929 novel Cimarron puts forward questions as relevant today as they were when the novel was first published.

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Rediscovering Middlebrow

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The work of 20th century middlebrow writers like Booth Tarkington is in danger of being forgotten. But it shouldn’t be.

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John Adams & Why Fake News is Nothing New

“Fake news” is all the rage at the moment, but failing to expose it for what it is can have serious consequences for democracy. Take, for example, a campaign scare tactic used in the 1800 Presidential election.

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The Fairy Tale Syndrome: Gender and Cultural Identity in Old Fables

The ancient fables encapsulated and codified gender archetypes arising as oral legends from the mists of time, yet much is missing in that narrative and not all of the aspects of the timeless tales serve us well in contemporary society.

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Inside the Young Writer’s Nest

I have a big job ahead. It’s up to me to connect but not invade, inspire but not require, corral but not suppress.

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