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Literary Criticism news and analysis from The Nation
June 19, 2017
Mary Gaitskill Remains Open to Opposition
The closest thing we get to a precept in
Somebody with a Little Hammer
is that we should all try to learn to think for ourselves—and, even then, things can go wrong.
April 14, 2017
Hwang Jungeun’s Noisy, Crowded Space
achieves dense social meaning with spare prose.
E. Tammy Kim
March 20, 2017
Caught Between Modernity and Tradition
With sympathy and ruthlessness, U.R. Ananthamurthy’s novel
gives shape to the mutinies that raged within mid-century India.
March 17, 2017
The Model of Perfection in Morgan Parker’s Poems
The poet allows the struggles and the messiness of life—with a particular focus on black womanhood—to breathe.
March 16, 2017
Sarah Manguso’s Existential Aphorisms
, the author’s rejection of the conventions of storytelling helps reinforce the sense of her own smallness.
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February 14, 2017
Sick for Home, Nauseated by Home
The lens of
Homesick for Another World
is, almost without exception, fitted close-up on conversations, petty rumination, and squalid interiors.
Hannah K. Gold
December 30, 2016
A Catalog of Cadavers
Claudia Salazar Jiménez sets out to conjure the experience of atrocity in Peru with her debut novel,
Blood of the Dawn
. The result is disquieting—though not in the way you’d expect.
December 1, 2016
Letters From the December 19-26, 2016, Issue
Return of the repressed… Book therapy… Happily enough ever after… Dylan revisited… Bentham’s revenge…
November 19, 2016
The Personal Is Political, But Not Always Fictional
What is the novelist Intizar Husain’s theory of Pakistani history?
November 16, 2016
Criticism in the Twilight
What role can the critic play in today’s uncertain times?