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Literary Canon

Bob Dylan in the 1980s: A Never Ending Tour of a Cantankerous Canon

Stephen Hazan Arnoff | Posted 06.10.2014 | Entertainment
Stephen Hazan Arnoff

If the question at the heart of this project asks what was really off about Bob Dylan in the 1980s, the answer it returns is surprising. How we hear Dylan's supposed nadir says a lot about what distinguishes art and artists that last.

Yes, There Is a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Recast Race

Azie Dungey | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment
Azie Dungey

Reimagining Peter Pan and the character of Tiger Lily presents an opportunity to reform a role that was written in a marginalizing, demeaning way. If we are going to retell these stories, it is our job to do this hard work.

Author Canons With One Highlight, or Many

Dave Astor | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Much larger is the group of authors whose next-best books are nearly as stellar as their top ones. At the risk of sounding obvious, I think there are more authors with several great works in them than there are authors who write only one novel for the ages.

Imagining the Presidential Canon: A Thought-Experiment in American Politics

Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2012 | Books
Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D.

What if American presidential contenders were challenged to propose one hundred books that belong on the United States' list of canonical literature?

How's That Novel of Yours Doing?

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.17.2011 | Books
Terence Clarke

The wish for fame, so illusory a thing, can kill you. Or at least, it can kill your novel.

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Isn't So Great, Says WSJ's Allen Barra

The Wall Street Journal | ALLEN BARRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's time to stop pretending that "To Kill a Mockingbird" is some kind of timeless classic that ranks with the great works of American literature. Its...