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English Literature

Walking to Wuthering Heights: The Brontës' Yorkshire

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Since the film was full of big names like Mia Wasikowska and Dame Judi Dench, it trained a spotlight on this still pleasantly drowsy realm. Still, I'm determined to poke around and check things out that didn't show up on screen.

The Dazzling Story of an Older, Gay, Caribbean Dandy

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

By writing directly in the voice of an older, gay Caribbean man, Bernardine Evaristo, who's British-Nigerian and a woman, has executed an extraordinary act of ventriloquism that crosses gender boundaries as well as racial, cultural, sexual and linguistic differences.

Study What You Love, Not What Others Think You Should

Uloop | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Uloop

We all excel at different things; if we didn't, the world would be a pretty boring place. Here are some tips on how to deal with people hating on your major, and how to keep your spirits up.

Surprised by C. S. Lewis Fifty Years After His Death

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

It was the relatively late work Surprised by Joy (1955) that got me hooked. Here Lewis tells the story of how the atheist became a theist and eventually a Christian.

The Value of the Liberal Arts

Jessica Mardo | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Jessica Mardo

My liberal arts education has given me not just the confidence that I have skills applicable to a wide variety of professional disciplines, but also an understanding that the world is bigger than just me and my paycheck and that perhaps, just perhaps, a career well spent is one giving back.

Jane Austen Weekly: Elizabeth Bennet's Brain Scan

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

In Pride and Prejudice, the reward for meticulous critical scrutiny is self-consciousness, intellectual expansion and moral growth. Long before the invention of fMRIs, Jane Austen knew that close reading was good for the brain... and for the soul.

Channeling Nico in Silverlake

Wendy Block | Posted 04.25.2012 | Entertainment
Wendy Block

If you wandered into the Bootleg Theater in Silverlake last Thursday night just before 9, you would have seen about 50 mostly middle-aged people sitting at bar tables laughing and drinking, interrupted suddenly by six musicians.

The Bible's Role in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.10.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

I found myself thinking about an aspect of Dickens easily overshadowed.. I refer to his subtle use of biblical literature.

The Mr. Darcy Industry

Alan Elsner | Posted 02.27.2012 | Arts
Alan Elsner

Jane Austen was smart. She left the characters just where they needed to be left, with their lives ahead of them. Whatever good and bad those lives would bring, she left to our imagination.

'Read' Shakespeare In Minutes? CliffsNotes Films Makes It Happen

Posted 12.28.2011 | Education

We've all been there before -- 10th grade English teacher assigns reading homework for the night, and it's a third of William Shakespeare's The Traged...

Show Me the Sex

Suzanne Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Suzanne Morrison

Christmas is the time for 19th century novels, especially of the English variety. I've always hated them. The Brits, I decided at 13, were frustrated, neutered people. I didn't want to visit England, for fear my genitals would wither and harden like a dried pomegranate.

How a Beefeater and a Tortoise Captured America's Attention

Julia Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Julia Stuart

In all my escapist reveries I never imagined the amazing response that my second novel, The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise would receive in America.

Edward Cullen and Rochester, or: Why We Need to Cut Stephenie Meyer Some Slack Already

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ming Holden

I, for one, wasn't as annoyed at the worldwide popularity of a story like Twilight as much as worried. Bella's is not the worldview I want young girls across the planet to have.

J.D. Salinger's Teaching Advice

Nicolaus Mills | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nicolaus Mills

UVA literature professor Mark Edmundson wants students to have the pleasure and excitement of immersing themselves in a book before engaging in a skeptical dialogue about it.