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  • 4 Aug 2022
    Stewart King, Alistair Rolls, Jesper Gulddal

    World Crime Fiction

    At the end of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” Edgar Allan Poe’s detective Auguste Dupin, the prototype of the analytical detective, offers a disparaging verdict on the Parisian Prefect of Police. The Prefect has “impaired his vision by holding the object too close. He might see, perhaps, one or two points with unusual clearness, […]

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  • 21 Mar 2022
    Roanne Kantor

    South Asian Writers, Latin American Literature, and the Rise of Global English

    I have the great honor of inaugurating a new series on World Literature at Cambridge University Press. Long, long ago, before I ever dreamed of writing such a book, I was introduced to the debates on world literature through Susan Sontag’s 2005 essay “The World as India.”  At the time, I was very much not […]

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  • 2 Dec 2020
    Manya Lempert

    Tragedy, Art of Dissent

    Think of the lies. Climate change is a hoax. Colonization benefits the colonized. Rape is your fault. Grief is your fault. Mortality is your fault. Tragedy exposes these lies. I argue in my book that modern writers like Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, Albert Camus, and Samuel Beckett thought of Greek tragedy in this way – […]

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  • 26 May 2020
    Auritro Majumder

    “Where the mind is without fear”: Indian literature and the pandemic

    Rabindranath Tagore wrote these verses at the beginning of the last century, describing what a liberated nation, and world, would appear to him. Just this January, the American actor Martin Sheen invoked Tagore beautifully at the Fire Drill climate protest rally in Washington D.C.:   Where the mind is without fear and the head is held […]

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