A resource for reading about, teaching, and discussing the novel as an artistic and cultural form.
Working as a children’s librarian in a “one-library town,” Cleary, age 23, found bored boys asking, “Where are the books about kids like us?”
Why read MFA-trained writers writing about writers training in MFA programs?
Sigrid Nunez’s fiction inspires the question: What would it mean to make caring for others into an explicitly public priority?
Novelists from George Eliot to Mary Gordon ask readers to confront our lives as ethical dramas that run only once, and with great consequence.
Hazzard was given to lingering in the fraught silences that follow great tumult, taking the time to find something worth saying.
What might the dynamic of mental life look like when its physiological counterpart is ill, bedridden, and housebound?
If there is a way forward for the “pandemic novel,” it may be in Emma Donoghue’s claustrophobic settings of motherhood and childbirth.
If Hillary Mantel herself can’t bear to part with her well-beloved protagonist, how on earth should the rest of us?
A recent flourishing of Palestinian literature reckons with complications in historical memory caused by settler colonialism.
Think about your favorite book. Now ask yourself: Would you admit this to others? Most would share—but literature professors are not most people.
Scandinavian crime novels once showed how society failed its citizens. Today, the genre innovates differently—by depicting more violence.
Fitting chaos into form is what genre was made for. But what does it mean for our literature—let alone our society—when reality suddenly turns wolfishly against ...
While most American fiction focuses on national concerns, its high-end, prize-winning fiction looks around the globe. Why the divide?
If Cloud Atlas is any guide, one of the best ways to sound like a bygone novelist is to make your narrator sound like a racist.
A defaced family photograph—with an ancestor cut out—reveals to Ferrante’s new protagonist how women are erased by the words and deeds of men.
What can the history of the temp-work industry teach us about the precarity of modern working life?
Freedom has always been arbitrary in a world, then and now, when the practice of capitalism requires the ongoing erosion of even the most basic rights.
Rather than try to kill his literary parents, Eugenides embraces as many of them as possible.
Women writing about women spies who are, themselves, writing. What’s next for women’s espionage writing?