One Victorian historian realized that if ideas of sexual morality changed across time, then 19th-century Britain could change, too.
Lives & Histories
Past Editor: Deborah Cohen
“I hope people will see the heartbreak of a little kid having to grow up and say goodbye to his childhood in order to survive.”
“Good afternoon, ma’am. Do you ever feel that it is so hard to know how to be happy?”
Is there a writing life than can safely dispense with categories like identity and commitment, which count so much in how we live now?
How to interpret Coleridge’s voluminous patchwork of triumphs, fragments, stolen snippets, and unrealized plans? Does any larger pattern emerge?
“So I must begin again, when I only have months left to write it.”
These new DHS-funded graphic novels want to train citizens to be critical readers of all kinds of information, except their own propaganda.
In the 1930s, Americans fell in love with Czechoslovakia and Spain; today, it’s Ukraine. What happens when one finds a “second mother country”?
During the Civil War, the Lincoln administration demonstrated that a progressive agenda and effective anti-inflationary measures could overlap.
“The diary has challenged every category of literary analysis for me.”
“I always thought that the challenge of writing my grandmother’s story was capturing her singular voice. Rereading her emails, I remember why.”
Female journalists in Vietnam returned, like the soldiers, nursing wounds that their countries would refuse to acknowledge.
“What does it mean to self-narrate? What does self-insight look like?”
For the righting of historical wrongs, to simply transfer property continues to perpetuate violence. True reparations require far more work.
“The everyday ways that people challenge environmental destruction can be quite powerful.”
What does it take to live without the ability to smile or move half of one’s face? For that matter, what does it take to live at all?
A palliative-care physician’s memoir foregrounds the affective aspects of attending to patients as an avenue to political activism.
How should readers and scholars look on the tangible traces writers leave behind?
It might seem self-evident that White the author practiced what Strunk and White the style gurus preached, but the truth is more complicated.