Posts Tagged ‘ literature ’

Louise Glück Is Awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature – The New York Times

Why Literature Matters: The Aporetic Approach – jeremy hadfield

What can fiction teach us?

Source: Why Literature Matters: The Aporetic Approach – jeremy hadfield

Beyond the Haiku Moment: Bashō, Buson, and Modern Haiku Myths – Juxtapositions  | The Haiku Foundation

ABSTRACT: Haiku has migrated from the country of its origin, and to languages and cultures that seemingly share nothing with Japan, yet the genre is thriving. The most energetic and thriving haiku culture resides in North America. Haruo Shirane, an authority on classical Japanese literature and a provocative writer on the legacy of haiku in the contemporary world, examines some of the changes which haiku has undergone in its travels, and evaluates them in relationship to the standard they might find in today’s Japan. Among the issues he considers are the place of metaphor and other poetic tools in haiku; the necessity of season words and seasonality in contemporary practice; the awareness and inclusion of “self” in English-language haiku; and the need for a “vertical axis” of reference and allusion to create depth. He also considers the broadly different approaches to senryū to be found between cultures.

Source: Beyond the Haiku Moment: Bashō, Buson, and Modern Haiku Myths

What Our Contagion Fables Are Really About | The New Yorker

In the literature of pestilence, the greatest threat isn’t the loss of human life but the loss of what makes us human.

Source: What Our Contagion Fables Are Really About | The New Yorker

Zeitgeist Spam – With the Noose Around My Neck 152

. . . as Jackie Wang put it after discovering that there was a pdf of her Carceral Capitalism floating around on the web and being shown a photo of a student at some uni reading it, “This is truly the highest honor a writer can receive! Who needs the validation of literary awards when the kids are out there pirating your work instead of paying attention in class :)?”

Source: Zeitgeist Spam

Mortal Soul, Moral Soul | Lapham’s Quarterly

The Veteran in a New Field (detail), by Winslow Homer, 1865. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967.

What happens when private grief becomes common experience?


In Antarctica a human voice — depending on air temperature, wind direction, the quality of the ice to refract sound—can be heard almost two miles away. There are few places of such silence on this earth. But there are other ways, if we have the desire and the will, to hear voices from a distance, even when that silence is gone. And it can still be found in our communion with literature, with art — a deep privacy that is simultaneously the voice of one mind, one soul, to another. There is no redemption in history. The dead remain where they are buried. But memory knows that the dead will float to the surface of the river. Memory knows the dead can read.

In your hands, my hunger. 

Anne Michaels

Source: Mortal Soul, Moral Soul | Lapham’s Quarterly

Interchange – The Unknown Knowns of Cultural Diplomacy – WFHB

Richard Wright (left) and fellow delegates at the First Congress of Black Writers and Artists, Paris, 1956.

For today’s episode producer Bella Bravo spoke with poet Juliana Spahr about her book, Du Bois’s Telegram: Literary Resistance and State Containment. This close study of how state interests have shaped contemporary U.S. literature was published by Harvard University Press in 2018.

In Du Bois’s Telegram, Spahr investigates the relationship between politics and art. Her research focuses on the institutional forces at work during three moments in U.S. literature that sought to defy political orthodoxies through challenging linguistic conventions: first, the avant-garde modernism of the early twentieth century; second, the resistance-movement writing of the 1960s and 1970s; and, finally, in the twenty-first century, the abundance of English-language works integrating languages other than English.


Source: Interchange – The Unknown Knowns of Cultural Diplomacy – WFHB

Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke Awarded Nobel Prizes in Literature

Connecticut Literary Festival | October 5, 2019 | Hartford, CT


An annual celebration of the literary arts here in the center of Connecticut: The Connecticut Literary Festival at Real Art Ways in Hartford.

Source: Connecticut Literary Festival | October 5, 2019 | Hartford, CT

What the Ancient Greeks teach us

The value of Athenian tragedy in an age of anxiety.

Source: What the Ancient Greeks teach us