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Literary Criticism news and analysis from The Nation
March 11, 2021
Vivian Gornick in Reverse
A conversation with the writer about her life and work.
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.
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June 18, 2019
L’État, C’est Moi
May 1, 2019
Carlos Bulosan’s 1946 Novel About Filipino Migrant Workers Is Still Groundbreaking
When we read a book like
America Is in the Heart
, we have the chance to be not just readers of American history’s horrors, but its witnesses and inheritors.
March 19, 2019
Rediscovering Nelson Algren
The literary giant’s unique resonance in our anti-capitalist moment.
March 13, 2019
Hunting for Lions and Liberation
Rachel Ingalls’s 1983 novel
is a fable-like account of the price of feminism and the freedom from domesticity.
February 11, 2019
A Style Guide for the 1 Percent
The new grammar and usage handbook by Benjamin Dreyer, Twitter’s premier grammarian, reinforces an elitist view of writing and language.