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Mixed Messages: The Role of the Multiracial Character in Children’s Literature

In 19th and early 20th century children’s literature, the multiracial character generally evoked one of two responses: fear, or pity. <i>Tom Sawyer</i>’s …

Is Literature 'the Most Important Weapon of Propaganda'?

Stalin thought so. So, apparently, did the CIA, according to a new account of how the U.S. secretly distributed Doctor Zhivago in the Soviet Union.<p>Soviet leader Joseph Stalin once described writers as “the engineers of the human soul.”<p>“The production of souls is more important than the production …

Last Laughs: Torture in Medieval Icelandic Literature

<b>Last Laughs: Torture in Medieval Icelandic Literature</b><p>By Stefan Thomas Hall<p><i>Enarratio: Publications of the Medieval Association of the Midwest</i>, Volume …

Literature of 9/11 college class accused of being 'sympathetic towards terrorism'

A student at the<p>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillhas raised concerns about the school's Literature of 9/11 seminar course, claiming the required readings for the class are "sympathetic towards terrorism."<p>Alec Dent, a freshman journalism major at UNC, hasn't taken the class or read any of …


To Cure What Ails You, Bibliotherapists Prescribe Literature

There are all kinds of therapies to cure what ails you. But a new and intriguing approach is bibliotherapy, which dispenses a prescription of literature specifically tailored to a patient's unique circumstances. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with pioneering bibliotherapist Susan …


The researcher’s guide to literature: Visualising crowd-sourced overviews of knowledge domains.

Given the enormous amount of new knowledge produced every day, keeping up-to-date on all the literature is increasingly difficult. Peter Kraker …


English didn't ruin Indian literature & Chetan Bhagat is our 'Creole' success

Everyone’s raving about Aatish Taseer’s New York Times piece titled ‘How English ruined Indian literature’.<p>In the article, Mr Taseer admits to being …


Why Is Children’s Literature Whitewashed?

In a sharp one-two punch on this weekend’s <i>New York Times</i> Op-ed page, award-winning children’s book writers Walter Dean Myers—arguably one of the most …

The 2014 Puterbaugh Festival, pairing literature with rap, and more

We’ve been buzzing on the <i>WLT</i> Facebook and Twitter accounts all week with exciting reports from the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival. Continue to tune in …


Home Fires

How soldiers write their wars.<p>“Every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected,” Paul Fussell wrote in “The Great War and Modern Memory,” his classic study of the English literature of the First World War. “But the Great War was more ironic than any before or since.” The ancient …

Popular Fiction

Author Brilliantly Recreates Famous Meals From Literature

We're not normally coffee-table book people, but this? This is awesome.<p>Designer Dinah Fried has just published a collection of fascinating images …


10 Legendary Bad Girls of Literature

“Wake me when you cover the Bad GIRLS of Literature,” wrote a commenter who goes by the handle of “Literati” on our recent “10 Legendary Bad Boys of …


10 Classic Literature Terms That Are No Longer Used (For the Most Part)

Reading a book from the 18th or 19th century is kind of like reading a handwritten, entirely cursive note from your grandmother in that, unless you …

Swearing in literature: share examples of bad language in good books

Art and literature would miss out without the rude language of everyday life – share examples of the quality quotes that would fall foul of Putin<p>If Vladimir Putin gets his way – and he tends to – any book published in Russia that contains "foul language" will soon have to be sold in a sealed …

Where have all the conscientious objectors in literature gone?

Ford Madox Ford wrote about them. So did Lytton Strachey and Sarah Waters. Help us to celebrate Conscientious Objectors Day by tracking down more literary 'conchies'<p>Today is International Conscientious Objectors' day, and the pacifist group Peace Pledge Union are holding their annual ceremony in …


Literature professor tells us why we should care

Conflict in Literature

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Race, Class, and Gender in To Kill a Mockingbird: Crash Course Literature 211

Things Fall Apart, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 209

Alice Munro, In Her Own Words: 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

Why Read: The Importance of the Liberal Arts - Literature Against Philosophy (2004)

How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1