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Is It Story That Makes Us Read?

Is It Story That Makes Us Read? | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
Plots: the who, what, and where — but maybe not why — of literature. Plus, the history of plot and literature's very worst endings.
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How Frankenstein’s Monster Became Human

How Frankenstein’s Monster Became Human | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley spent a night telling ghost stories at the Villa Diodati in Switzerland.
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In Search of the Novel’s First Sentence: A Secret History | Electric Literature

In Search of the Novel’s First Sentence: A Secret History | Electric Literature | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
A great first sentence is very important. In a novel, it’s a “promise,” a “handshake,” an “embrace,” a “key.” Great first sentences are celebrated everywhere
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How Stories Deceive - The New Yorker

How Stories Deceive - The New Yorker | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
Maria Konnikova writes about how con artists take advantage of the power of narrative.
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Lies, lies, lies...

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How books can sap the soul and poison readers with ideas — Tara Isabella Burton — Aeon Essays

What’s more wholesome than reading? Yet books wield a dangerous power: the best erode self, infecting readers with ideas
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Living dangerously!

 

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The Irresistible Psychology of Fairy Tales

The Irresistible Psychology of Fairy Tales | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
What can explain the recent explosion of interest in classic folk stories?
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Interesting...

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Sacred Reading: From Augustine to the Digital Humanists

Sacred Reading: From Augustine to the Digital Humanists | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
If close reading is, to quote Moretti, a “theological exercise,” what kind of exercise is “distant” reading?
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Fear the numbers? or use them to read more closely?

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Is Hamlet Fat? A Slate Investigation.

Is Hamlet Fat? A Slate Investigation. | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
Picture for a moment Hamlet, the melancholy prince of Denmark. Chances are, you’re imagining a dashing gentleman who looks like one of the many famous actors who’ve played him. Kenneth Branagh, say, or Laurence Olivier, or Jude Law or David Tennant. You might even picture Benedict Cumberbatch, who is drawing...
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The End of the Ambitious Summer Reading List

The End of the Ambitious Summer Reading List | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
For generations, Americans used the golden months to catch up on great old books and modern must-reads. What happened to that semisacred reading space?
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When do we want a challenge?

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Memoirs should be more than just selfies in book form

Memoirs should be more than just selfies in book form | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
Too many best-selling authors lately forget that “I” is the least important word in an autobiography.
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After Close Reading - New Rambler Review

After Close Reading - New Rambler Review | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
Distant Reading by Franco Moretti, reviewed by Jonathan Freedman for The New Rambler Review of Books, Edited by Eric Posner, Adrian Vermeule and Blakey Vermeule
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DH or interdisciplinary?

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The Sam Weller Bump

The Sam Weller Bump | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
When one of his careers achieved national renown, Dickens went from a nobody to premier author—and he developed a taste for the finer things.
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Not the first!

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The Real Housewives of Jane Austen

The Real Housewives of Jane Austen | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
Why do reality television’s most popular stars so uncannily resemble the heroines of the 19th-century writer’s work?
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The New Fiction of Solitude

The New Fiction of Solitude | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
For an influential group of writers, the purpose of novels is to bear witness to the spectacle of aloneness.
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Reading alone
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Obama as Literary Critic

Obama as Literary Critic | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
In a letter to his college girlfriend, Barack Obama writes with strikingly suggestive insight into Eliot’s literary and religious tradition and his special relation to it. Instead of isolating Eliot in some social, ethnic, or sexual category, instead of hearing in him the voice of political or ideological error, Obama finds a deep ambivalence that might be felt by anyone.
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Inspirational undergraduate writing.

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Where’s Literature’s Class Diversity?

Where’s Literature’s Class Diversity? | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
For writers, socioeconomic class is still hard to talk about.
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So true!

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The Male Gaze in Retrospect

The Male Gaze in Retrospect | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
Laura Mulvey’s idea shook up the humanities 40 years ago. What’s different now.
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And applications for contemporary literature?

 

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The Perfect Novel Turns 200

The Perfect Novel Turns 200 | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
“The novel,” Randall Jarrell observed in his essay “An Unread Book,” “is a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it.” He was riffing
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Why Do We Still Publicize Banned Books Week? The Good Guys Won!

Why Do We Still Publicize Banned Books Week? The Good Guys Won! | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
The latest story about censorship in America began when a Knoxville, Tennessee, woman named Jackie Sims found out that her 15-year-old son had been assigned to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks over the summer. Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 book tells the true story of a poor black woman whose...
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gynecology vs. pornography!

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How books help us to be better human beings

How books help us to be better human beings | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
Is literature therapy, comfort food, or a route to self-knowledge? Four literary critics – Alberto Manguel, Michael Hofmann, James Wood and Clive James – pick up where Montaigne left off.
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How to Write a Romance Novel

How to Write a Romance Novel | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
Know your subgenres. Think twice before picking a pseudonym.
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Name vs. Image

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The Bizarre, Complicated Formula for Literary Fame - The New Yorker

The Bizarre, Complicated Formula for Literary Fame - The New Yorker | Writing About Literature | Scoop.it
William Wordsworth died a hundred and sixty-five years ago next week, on April 23, 1850. Why is he still so famous?
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How literary is literary tourism?

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