Why literary theory? Flannery O’Connor sums it up best in her short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” when she writes, “It’s some that can live their whole life out without asking about it and it’s others has… Read More ›
The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author.
Flannery O’Connor lived only thirty-nine short years before dying from lupus in 1964, but in those thirty-nine years, she left a legacy through her writing. Although she completed two novels, it is her short story collection that left an indelible… Read More ›
Loyalty is a principle on which many relationships and institutions have been built since the beginning of time. In Shakespeare’s day, if a person was unlucky enough to have his or her loyalty questioned, it could result in imprisonment, torture,… Read More ›
There are multiple ways to experience life as there are multiple ways to experience literature. We each, individually, experience both in our own unique way, with our own ideologies guiding us, and looking through the lenses of our own subjectivity…. Read More ›
Richard Wright’s The Man Who Was Almost a Man and the Inevitable Failings of Capitalism (Just in Time For the Election)
American author, Richard Wright, was born in Natchez, Mississippi, forty-five years after the emancipation of slaves. Though slavery was technically no longer practiced, codes and laws were still set in place, limiting African-Americans’ rights and freedoms. It was in this… Read More ›
“Landscape description was once an important element in novels not only to give meaning and shape to the story but for its strange ability to carry the reader deeply and intimately inside the fiction, to establish the fiction’s truth” (Katz… Read More ›