Category: Literary Studies

Comics and Stuff: Q&A with Henry Jenkins

Comics and Stuff: Q&A with Henry Jenkins

We caught up with Henry Jenkins to find out more about the shifting cultural role of comics, how comics reflect our relationships to material things, and more.

Against Nothingness

Against Nothingness

—Douglas Burnet Smith As November 11 approaches, and we acknowledge once again the last hour of the last day of “the war to end all wars,” as more wars rage… READ MORE

From the March for Science to an Abolitionist Science

From the March for Science to an Abolitionist Science

—Britt Rusert
An abolitionist science moves beyond generic defenses of science in an age of populist skepticism and backlash, requiring an evaluation of different types of science and an excavation of their specific relationships to forms of power and exploitation.

Black History Month in the Age of Trump: How We Remember Now

Black History Month in the Age of Trump: How We Remember Now

—Aida Levy-Hussen
Commemorating Black History Month with extemporized non-sequiturs, Trump’s rejoinder to African American appeals for remembrance and recognition is a turn away from the foundational social premises—good faith, the valuing of history, the idea of a public sphere—that make such desire speakable in the first place.

Tragedy and the Proper Name

So much of the way I think about tragedy as a genre and political category comes from the work of Raymond Williams’s Modern Tragedy, in which the critic labors to show how flawed the elitist linguistic divide separating tragedy as a high art (the tragedy of Comparative Literature, English, and Classics curriculums) versus tragedy’s everyday use as signifying a grave event, a calamitous lost.