Features

The Monster Out of Nowhere

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Imagining the mass strike and practically organizing it are one and the same activity.

Mary Seacole and the Cholera in Panama

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Mary Seacole’s account of her role in treating Cholera’s victims presents a portrait of one epidemic-stricken community that responds in ways both typical and, in our own pandemic times, uncomfortably familiar.

Reading the Dehumanized Perspective in Narratives of the Partition of 1947

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The insidious malleability of dehumanization sheds a great deal of light on ingroup-outgroup tensions.

What Would a 21st-Century Federal Writers Project Look Like?

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A new Federal Writers Project could work to make our digital legacy comprehensible for future readers.

The Shroud

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This is the experience of waiting: wanting to be doing something but knowing it won’t mean anything—the meaning is what we’re waiting for.

Marginalized Work, Innovative Critique

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How might experimental forms of criticism better serve marginalized works? Excerpts from a roundtable discussion.

Families Fall Apart While Friendships Flourish in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet

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At heart, Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer ask us: what holds people together who are living through this political moment of breakage?

Myths over History: the Strange Story of 21st Century Traditionalism on the Far Right

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Geopolitics as a field is catnip for Traditionalists and others attracted by the high-end and fatuous.

Impossible Demand: Utopic Poetry

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Reading poetry has felt like a ridiculous use of my time and a necessary one.