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Literary Criticism news and analysis from The Nation
May 25, 2021
Reviewing the year, in stitches.
May 20, 2021
Did ‘Cancel Culture’ Drive Richard Wright Underground?
On “Memories of My Grandmother” and
The Man Who Lived Underground.
Joseph G. Ramsey
May 5, 2021
Hello, Poetry, You ‘Lamenting Pleasure’
Reading poetry over the phone, David Ferry and loved ones find an antidote to loneliness.
Elizabeth Emma Ferry
April 28, 2021
Blake Bailey’s Life as a Man
The disgraced writer’s Philip Roth biography is a document of a misogynist literary world. But I had to read the book to get the whole story.
March 11, 2021
Vivian Gornick in Reverse
A conversation with the writer about her life and work.
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January 23, 2021
Feels like a million years ago.
May 5, 2020
The Worlds of Edward Said
An exile who made the world his home, Said infused his literary style with a cosmopolitan ease and his political commitments with a cosmopolitan ethics.
April 13, 2020
The Tangled History of Illness and Idiocy
The pandemic is stress-testing two concepts Americans have historically gotten wrong.
Jessi Jezewska Stevens
October 18, 2019
Peter Handke’s Nobel Condones Violence
One of Sweden’s most important authors on how the Swedish Academy abuses its platform—and the intelligentsia lets it happen.
June 18, 2019
L’État, C’est Moi