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Libraries and Book Culture of the Byzantine Empire

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The Byzantine Empire supported literary life at a time when many other parts of the western world were in a state of literary darkness.
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Lecture Hop: Literature And Philosophy And Quarrels, Oh My! - Bwog

Lecture Hop: Literature And Philosophy And Quarrels, Oh My! - Bwog | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Barnard alumna and former Assistant Professor Rebecca Goldstein returned to her alma mater on Monday night to give a lecture detailing the convoluted relationship that philosophy and literature share. As she took the podium in the Diana Oval, Goldstein gave her personal history regarding her academic career at Barnard and her professional evolution from philosopher to novelist. 

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TC Boyle: By the Book - New York Times

TC Boyle: By the Book - New York Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The author, most recently, of “The Harder They Come” is mad about nature writing: “I want to get inside the head of every creature in the world, even ants.”
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Is Russian Literature Dead? - Foreign Policy (blog)

Is Russian Literature Dead? - Foreign Policy (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Speaking at an event in January to launch the “Year of Literature,” a series of public events and projects extolling the virtues of Russian letters, President Vladimir Putin laid out his mission to raise the “prestige and influence in the world” of his country’s writers. Generations of American readers weaned on Leo Tolstoy and Boris Pasternak may see cause for hope in such a revival: They want to return to that magical land they first discovered in books — one of passion and tragedy where vast forces tumble characters like ice cubes in the 11-time-zone-wide cocktail shaker that is Russia. Yet though nostalgic for Natasha Rostova and Yuri Zhivago, those readers might struggle to name a single contemporary Russian writer.

 

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10 Crazy (and Not So Crazy) Fan Theories About Pulp Fiction - IFC

10 Crazy (and Not So Crazy) Fan Theories About Pulp Fiction - IFC | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

But it’s the deeper meaning and ambiguity to the story and players that keep viewers riveted and speculating to this day. Pulp Fiction has sparked more theories and arguments than almost every film since its release, and continues to do so. Here are just a small selection of the theories proposed by the movie’s millions of fans.

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Mario Vargas Llosa: 'the novels we read now are purely entertainment' - Telegraph.co.uk

Mario Vargas Llosa: 'the novels we read now are purely entertainment' - Telegraph.co.uk | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Approaching 80, Mario Vargas Llosa tells Tim Martin of his unabated hunger to change the world through fiction

 

“But I don’t think literature has no effect,” he goes on. “I think its most important one for me is to develop a critical attitude in readers, in very general terms. I think if you’re impregnated with good literature, with good culture, you’re much more difficult to manipulate, and you’re much more aware of the dangers that powers represent. So in that sense, I still believe in committed literature, but not, let’s say, in a dogmatic or sectarian way.”

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Book smart; the unexpected health benefits of being an avid reader

Book smart; the unexpected health benefits of being an avid reader | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Unlike cheese boards or sunbathing, reading is one of life's few pleasures that comes with actual health benefits.

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Many great benefits to reading:)

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Rise of the Gender Novel

Rise of the Gender Novel | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Too often, trans characters are written as tortured heroes. We’re more complex than that
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This article includes titles of some novels that present transgender characters as fully developed humans, not as the perfect heroic archetype of mainstream novels.

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The Stacks: The Poet Who Took on Huey Long - Daily Beast

The Stacks: The Poet Who Took on Huey Long - Daily Beast | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Robert Penn Warren made winning Pulitzer prizes look like a habit. Here the author of possibly the best political novel ever written is captured in a fond but piercing profile.

 

The poet, novelist, and all ‘round man of letters Robert Penn Warren was a force to reckon with for most of his long life, and that hasn’t changed much in the 26 years since he died. Recently, David Brooks called Warren’s classic novel All the King’s Men the greatest political novel ever written.  “The prose is lush but not overdone,” said Brooks. “The stance is elegiac, which is my favorite literary tone. It captures the intensity of politics but also the way the rush for electoral popularity sucks at the soul of the participants.” Warren won his first Pulitzer prize for that novel in 1947, and he won twice more for his poetry. In 1979, Steve Oney captured the lion in winter for a long profile in The Atlanta Journal & Constitution Magazine, reprinted here with the author’s permission.

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Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men" is one of my two favorite novels of all time. (The other is "To Kill a Mockingbird.")

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'Fifth Heart' teams Sherlock Holmes with Henry James - azcentral.com

'Fifth Heart' teams Sherlock Holmes with Henry James - azcentral.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

In the history-based novel, the great detective comes to the immutable conclusion that he's a fictional character, which prompts James to wonder about his own reality.

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Now THAT sounds like something to ponder.

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Confession: I'm Biased Against Women Authors - Here And Now

Confession: I'm Biased Against Women Authors - Here And Now | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd has kept a log of books he's read over a decade. He found a dearth of women authors. Is it just him?
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Another installment in one of those topics that just won't go away: Do women readers prefer books written by women, and men readers books written by men?

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'The Mechanical' Will Make Your Clockwork Pulse Pound - Public Radio East

'The Mechanical' Will Make Your Clockwork Pulse Pound - Public Radio East | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

One of science fiction's toughest challenges is making nonhuman characters feel human. Robots are particularly hard: SF authors have spent decades putting every conceivable spin on the concept of manmade automatons, and the results have just as often been laughable as profound. Ian Tregillis tackles this prickly puzzle — and many more — with great skill in The Mechanical.

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17 Words Invented By James Joyce - Huffington Post

Known for his playful and endlessly creative use of words, Joyce invented a whole host of often fairly outlandish words and phrases in his writing, a handful of which have made their way into the more obscure corners of the dictionary. The stories behind seventeen of his most brilliant and most bizarre inventions -- beginning with perhaps most bizarre of all -- are explored here.

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You've probably heard of QUARK, but most likely you won't know the rest of the words on this list.

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Aminatta Forna: don't judge a book by its author - The Guardian

Aminatta Forna: don't judge a book by its author - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
‘I have never met a writer who wishes to be described as a female writer, gay writer, black writer, Asian writer or African writer’ … Aminatta Forna on her frustration at the book world’s obsession with labels and identity...
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un article très intéressant sur la manie des étiquettes, des classifications et sur les méfaits de cette pratique. 

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Kapow! Attack of the feminist superheroes - The Guardian

Kapow! Attack of the feminist superheroes - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

From She-Hulk to Ms Marvel and the new female Thor, a new generation of hero is revolutionising the world of comics and consigning sexualised stereotypes to history. And while some of the ‘fan boys’ are grumbling, this is a battle they just won’t win

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Even though I don't read this kind of literature, I'm glad to see the old stereotypes being overthrown.

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Be Still, My Heart! The 10 Greatest Love Stories Of ALL TIME

Be Still, My Heart! The 10 Greatest Love Stories Of ALL TIME | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Time-honored tales of true love that'll hit you right in the heart.
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Yes, this list contains all the usual suspects, but it's still fun to look at. 

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Books about Los Angeles: readers' picks - The Guardian (blog)

Books about Los Angeles: readers' picks - The Guardian (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
From LA noir to 21st-century satire, the literature of this Californian city embraces extremes of wealth, fame, frustration and failure.
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Alice in Wonderland: 150 years on, what's the secret of its success? - The Independent

Alice in Wonderland: 150 years on, what's the secret of its success? - The Independent | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Since its first publication, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' has held a powerful grip on the collective imagination. Author Amanda Craig explores how Carroll's surreal, subversive story changed the way we see children's books forever
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Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
It's time to power down your Kindle.

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Reading is reading.  Or is it?  The science of why paper trumps screen.

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Why modern fiction has turned its back on friendship - The Guardian

Why modern fiction has turned its back on friendship - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Ever since Homer, writers have had trouble describing the bonds that exist between friends. But if film and TV can focus on friendship, why can’t books?

 

Yet with some noteworthy exceptions – Zadie Smith’s NW, Linda Grant’s Upstairs at the Party, Elena Ferrante – recent adult fiction tends to relegate friendship to the subplot, below the headline concerns of family and romance. It might not help that friendship denies writers the shortcuts they enjoy in the portrayal of other ties. A certain amount of invisible magic is implicit in romantic love, and there is always the fall-back rationale of sex. The axioms of psychoanalysis structure the way we read and think about parents and families. Fictional friendship lacks these conventions.

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8 Things You'll Only Realize When You Read 'Jane Eyre' A Second Time - Bustle

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8 Things You'll Only Realize When You Read 'Jane Eyre' A Second Time

 

More than 150 years later, Jane Eyre is still the object of intense readerly devotion (though few complain now about its “coarseness”). It is a work that deserves to be read a second time (and a third and a fourth…), and as you reread it, your perceptions of it will change: At times, you’ll read it as a romance novel, and then, as a coming-of-age story, and later still, as a gothic thriller—It is all of these things. It speaks to the power of Brontë’s writing that, to this day, the story remains immediate and addictive (and it certainly brings the drama—who needs soaps when you’ve got Jane Eyre?) Below, I’ve listed eight things you might notice as you delve into the novel again.

 

* Be warned, this post contains major spoilers for the book.

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"Jane Eyre" is on my classics book club's reading list for the upcoming year, so I'll get to read it a second time soon.

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10 Best Coming-of-Age Books You've Never Read - Publishers Weekly

10 Best Coming-of-Age Books You've Never Read - Publishers Weekly | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Camille DeAngelis's Bones & All is a wonderful coming-of-age novel about a girl who's also a cannibal. DeAngelis picks her favorite coming-of-age novels that you probably haven't read.

 

I like to say that I write supernatural stories because I get enough real life in real life, although the titles on this list aren't exclusively fantasy. Good fiction of any genre offers us a psychological boost: for when we see fictional people growing into themselves to meet the seemingly-impossible challenges thrust upon them (whether by magic or ordinary circumstance), we feel better prepared to handle our own. This process is particularly critical during adolescence, though even in my thirties I'm still learning from and feeling inspired by my favorite protagonists, and I imagine I always will be. In fiction and in real life, self actualization is a continual process: we “come of age” more than once, if we're doing it right.

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Stop Rehashing, Remixing, and Subverting Fairy Tales — Just Kill Them - Flavorwire

Stop Rehashing, Remixing, and Subverting Fairy Tales — Just Kill Them - Flavorwire | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Most dispiriting of all, in an era when even Disney has generally replaced passive princesses with plucky, headstrong heroines, is Cinderella herself. James’ character is idealized for her saintly self-denial, for allowing her step-family to force her into servitude, for (I’m not exaggerating here) her aptitude for domestic labor. Branagh works hard to make Cinderella an entirely disinterested figure, as though any hint of desire or agency would render her unsympathetic. As Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff writes in one of the few reviews that bother to take the film’s gender politics to task, “The overall effect is that Cinderella ends up being someone who suffers beautifully and… that’s about it, actually.”

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A look at the recently released film "Cinderella."

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The Miserable Mrs.

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10 weary wives in literature

 

Domesticity isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. To celebrate Jill Alexander Essbaum’s debut novel, Hausfrau, here are ten ladies of literature who could give the Desperate Housewives cast a run for their money. Attention: spoilers ahead!

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5 Literary Journals You Should Be Subscribed To - Perspective Daily

5 Literary Journals You Should Be Subscribed To - Perspective Daily | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

literary journals offer unique curations of work that you just can’t find in a novel. Another huge benefit of subscribing to them? You’re more likely to learn about new authors that you may have never considered reading before. After all, everything is about finding a new perspective, right? 

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Andrew Sharples' top 10 war memoirs

Andrew Sharples' top 10 war memoirs | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
From thrilling accounts of derring-do to bitter descriptions of the human fallout, here are 10 memoirs of conflict which inspired and moved me
I’ve always been fascinated by war.
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