Category Archive: teaching literature

The Service Literature Provides

Graham Greene dismissed some of his novels as “entertainments.”  Yet among these are works as lasting as anything he wrote–and as interesting.  Greene was reflecting a cultural schizophrenia that Clement Greenberg, on the… Continue reading

"Oh literature! Oh here, oh now, oh hell!"

In Ray Bradbury’s “Usher II,” it’s ‘realism,’ not ‘literature.’  But the sentiment remains.  It was mine, more and more, these past years… though that may be beginning to change. Over the past semesters,… Continue reading

Looking Back to See

[I’ve also a post today on Free Exchange on Campus, “Thoughts for the New Year,” on faculty responsibility under the umbrella of “academic freedom.”] Sixty-six years ago, the Athenæum Press of Ginn and… Continue reading

Conspiracy in the Classroom: Oh My!

This semester, I am teaching a course under the generalized rubric “Perspectives on Literature” that I call “Alternatives.” It’s a cobbled-together course, taken on at the last minute and soon after I had… Continue reading