Oh, Be a Man

The remarkable aspect of The Nick Adams stories, the anthology of Ernest Hemingway's short stories about Nick Adams, is that though the stories were published separately and out of order, once pieced together in this  chronological fashion, they produce a sort of Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel. Nick comes into his own in a masculine-dominated society; this … Continue reading Oh, Be a Man

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A Literary Critic’s Guide to Avoiding Alienation

I would like to emphasize the topic of my previous essay, the importance of aesthetics over politics, by discussing the strong, aesthetically-sound qualities of an exemplary non-white poet's work. The poem: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," by Langston Hughes I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of … Continue reading A Literary Critic’s Guide to Avoiding Alienation