New Directions in the Humanities’s Updates

  • Kenneth DiMaggio – Winner of the International Award for Excellence for The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 14

    The New Directions in the Humanities Research Networkis pleased to announce the selection of “From Egypt to the Arizona Desert to Places Still to Come: The Ongoing Meta-literary Journey of Eliza’s Escape to Freedom in Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” by Kenneth...More

  • ‘You May!’

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    London Review of Books | Article Link | by Slavoj Zizek

    ‘Rule Girls’ are heterosexual women who follow precise rules as to how they let themselves be seduced (accept a date only if you are aske...More

  • Two Theories of World Literature

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    thesmartset.com | Articel Link | by Michael Lind

    Can world literature exist? It depends on what is meant by world literature

    The phrase Weltliteratur was coined by Goethe. The German polymath told his disc...More

  • Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions

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    eurozine.com | Article Link | Michaël Fœssel

    A conversation with Jürgen Habermas

    Decades after first encountering Anglo-Saxon perspec...More

  • Walter Benjamin, the First Pop Philosopher

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    newstatesmen.com | Article Link | by Ray Monk

    Walter Benjamin is often described as a philosopher, but you won’t find his works being taught or studied in the philosophy departments of many British or Americ...More

  • The Most Misread Poem in America

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    theparisreview.com | Article Link | by David Orr

    A young man hiking through a forest is abruptly confronted with a fork in the path. He pauses, his hands in his pockets, and looks back and for...More

  • How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

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    theatlantic.com | Article Link | by Josh Giesbrecht

    Recently, Bic launched a campaign to “save handwriting.” Named “Fight for Your Write,” it includes a pledge to “encourage the act of handwriting” in the pl...More

  • Clearing Up Ambiguity

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    The New York Review of Books | Article Link | by Tim Parks

    “I like middles,” said John Updike. “It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules.”

    “A marvellously am...More

  • It’s Still a Scandal!

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    nybooks.com | Article Link | by Kevin Birmingham

    One small scene from the annals of heroic modernism is the moment when, in the winter of 1921, the French novelist and critic Valery Larbaud gave the world’s...More

  • Scrawled Insults and Epiphanies

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    nybooks.com | Article Link | by Anthony Grafton

    Marginalia are on the march. The New Yorker reported this fall on Oxford’s Marginalia Group, which “now has two thousand five hundred and three members, maki...More