September 16, 2019

What Makes a Character Human?

By Aatif Rashid

It’s been almost twenty years ago now since James Wood penned (metaphorically speaking, of course, since I’m sure he used a computer) his famous critique of a genre of literary […]

July 26, 2019

On the Importance of the Authorial Voice

By Aatif Rashid

In his book The Art of Perspective, part of Graywolf Press’s series of craft books on writing (which I’ve written about a few times before on this blog), Christopher Castellani […]

March 15, 2019

In Defense of Walter Scott, Part 2

By Aatif Rashid

Back in December, I wrote a post about Walter Scott in which I analyzed his 1818 novel The Antiquary and argued that the work demonstrated that Scott was anything but […]

November 29, 2018

In Defense of Walter Scott

By Aatif Rashid

In E.M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel, a book made up of a series of lectures the author gave at Cambridge in 1927 and which I’ve discussed on this blog […]

September 5, 2018

Derrida and Deconstruction Simplified

By Caroline Hagood

There is a lot of antipathy towards Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction both in and outside of academia. In the interest of furthering the dialogue, I add my most basic view […]

June 11, 2018

Against the Nineteenth-Century Novel

By Aatif Rashid

In a negative review last fall of Nathan Hill’s The Nix, Brianna Rennix of the leftist magazine Current Affairs critiqued what she described as the novel’s “postmodern” elements and argued […]