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Yearly Archives: 2020

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  • 27
    Jan

    2020

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    Trump and Iran Go Back Years

    We do not yet know whether President Trump’s killing of Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s second most powerful leader, will prove to be a masterstroke or a disaster. The president’s antipathy toward the Islamic...

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  • 24
    Jan

    2020

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    An Introduction to How Party Activism Survives

    Party activism, understood as individuals voluntarily and regularly participating in party-related activities (i.e. not simply for electoral campaigns), seems to be a thing of the past. In the best-case...

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  • 24
    Jan

    2020

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    Associating with Dickinson: What the Manuscripts...

    I hate movies about Emily Dickinson, and novels. I hate even the idea of the play. I hate impudent rapey poems addressed to Dickinson by entitled male poets. I hate the mugs, pot holders, T-shirts, and...

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  • 24
    Jan

    2020

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    Sexual Freedom in Restoration Literature

    When I was writing Sexual Freedom in Restoration Literature, a book primarily about two writers, the Earl of Rochester and Aphra Behn, back in the 1990s, the opening sentence of the jacket blurb read:...

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  • 21
    Jan

    2020

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    The Arabs and the Age of Capital

    Herman Melville’s last novel, The Confidence-Man, was published on April Fool’s Day, 1857. Aboard a steamboat on the Mississippi, a series of plausible projectors invite their fellow passengers to...

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  • 21
    Jan

    2020

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    New York: A Literary History

    New York: A Literary History is the result of a lifetime of reading books about the city and reading authors who made the city their home. From Stephen Crane, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, and Zora Neale...

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  • 17
    Jan

    2020

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    Irish Literature for Victorians?

    Any history of twentieth century literature in English is unimaginable without Yeats and Joyce, both born in Dublin in the last years of the nineteenth century. They are international figures who came...

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  • 17
    Jan

    2020

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    Modernism’s Ecological Point of View

    “Get there if you can and see the land you once were proud to own…” W. H. Auden’s Poems (1930) presents a catalogue of exhausted landscapes and fragile psyches. This line in particular repeats...

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