by Pascal Porcheron
It’s September 2006 and the author of this piece is sitting in their first Literature class. The professor begins the class by asking us, ‘why are you here? What’s the point of studying Literature?’ Chaos ensues, as we soon discover that we have never interrogated the ‘why’—we … Read More
By Barbara H. Rosenwein and Riccardo Cristiani
Aren’t emotions the same now as they have always been? Weren’t they hardwired in us from the Stone Age on? The answer to both questions is a simple No. Psychologists, neuropsychologists, historians, and sociologists are increasingly recognizing the mutability of human emotional life. … Read More
Studying imperial Russia, scholars have produced two stories. One concerns a great country that competes successfully, though unevenly, with other European powers, produces brilliant literature, and stages unprecedented social experiments. The other story is one of economic backwardness, unbridled violence, misery, illiteracy, despair, and collapse. I subscribe to both of … Read More
Alison Finch, author of French Literature, posts on the relationship between writing and power.
I’ve always been keenly interested in both politics and literature. But when I was an undergraduate studying French literature at Cambridge, these two passions were in separate parts of my life. I was active in student … Read More