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  • 23 Mar 2021
    Katherine Ibbett, Kristine Steenbergh

    Practicing Compassion – From Plague to Pandemic

    Photo By: Al Bello/Getty Images.

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  • 15 Mar 2021
    Elise L. Smith, Judith W. Page

    Women, Literature, and the Arts of the Countryside in Early Twentieth Century England

    In All Passion Spent (1931), Vita Sackville-West’s eighty-eight-year-old protagonist thinks back over her life: “She had plenty of leisure now, day in, day out, to survey her life as a tract of country traversed, and at last become a landscape instead of separate fields or separate years and days, so that it became a unity […]

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  • 10 Sep 2019
    Richard Nemesvari

    Thomas Hardy and the Creative Process

    Thomas Hardy fully understood, from early on in his career, that the production of a novel, or short story, took place both in the realm of artistic creation and in the literary marketplace.  He eventually became very proficient at manipulating the requirements of Victorian publishing’s modes of production for his own purposes.  In particular the […]

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  • 27 Aug 2019
    Eve C. Sorum

    Modernist Empathy Now?

    Barack Obama was the empathy president. I don’t say this simply because of some of his more famous uses of the term—for example, when he described his criteria for Supreme Court nominees in May 2009 as including “that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people’s hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for […]

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  • 11 Jan 2019
    Jonathan Greenberg

    Has the Left Killed Satire?

    Writing a big book makes you wary of generalizations.  My new book, The Cambridge Introduction to Satire, discusses satire from Lysistrata to The Daily Show, and if there’s one thing I discovered in writing it, it’s that no matter what you claim about satire, counter-examples are dismayingly easy to find. Consider the politics of satire.  […]

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  • 8 May 2018
    John Richetti

    Three-hundred years of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe

    2019 marks the tercentenary of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719), a novel that achieved instant popularity in Britain (Defoe wrote a sequel, The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, which appeared the same year and was published with the first part throughout the century). Quickly translated into French, German, and Dutch, since then Defoe’s book has […]

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  • 13 Jul 2017
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    Jenny Davidson

    Reading Jane Austen

    I’ve been reading Austen since childhood, and I am only half joking when I say that if you put me under light hypnosis, I could probably recite Pride and Prejudice word for word in its entirety. Between what the novels have taught me about writing and about life – and especially about the profound, delicate […]

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  • 6 Jul 2017
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    Deirdre LeFaye

    A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family 1600 – 2000

    It was in the 1970s, in the course of some local history research in the London Borough of Camden, that I discovered quite by chance a grave in the old churchyard of St-John-at-Hampstead, in which Jane Austen’s aunt Mrs Hancock was buried together with her daughter Eliza de Feuillide and her grandson Hastings de Feuillide.   […]

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