Does loving a work of literature mean seizing it? How should critics feel about their feelings toward a text?
Editor: Leah Price
For centuries, book-makers, printers, furniture-makers and, now, programmers have worked to answer: how do you find what you need in a book?
The “papers” of Toni Morrison can be accessed through a Princeton computer terminal. But where do these digital drafts end, and Beloved begin?
The university has been changing, to be sure. But has the proportion of students who want to devote themselves to acts of humanistic creativity?
In May 1381, rebels burned documents at Cambridge, then scattered the ashes to the wind. But why were universities targeted by the rebels?
The humanities can reveal the truth of the world’s crises, everything from contagions like the pandemic to apocalypses like right-wing violence.
For more than five centuries, equilibrium between profit and passion has remained elusive to book buyers and sellers.
Louise Fitzhugh, author of Harriet the Spy, and the poet James Merrill were joined by friendship, craft, and graphomania: the compulsion to write.
In Nazi Europe, countless books were banned. So those who saved books—whether university archivists or Jewish scholars—became smugglers.
As many COVID-era courses have moved from seminar rooms to Zoom meetings, the haptic nature of teaching has changed. Is anything lost?
Think about your favorite book. Now ask yourself: Would you admit this to others? Most would share—but literature professors are not most people.
How should readers and scholars look on the tangible traces writers leave behind?
Paper was never simply a writing surface, but a complicated substance that folded itself into the fabric of culture and consciousness.
What distinguishes the American from the European intellectual? Does that matter?
Across the slatted border between the United States and Mexico, near Ciudad Juárez, the artists Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello recently installed several ...
What does it take to think beyond the human? Can we imagine our human selves in other lives? And should we? While contemporary answers to these ...
The best parties, L. O. Aranye Fradenburg Joy claims in her epilogue to Jonathan Goldberg’s Sappho: ]fragments, are the after-parties: the parties that happen ...
Readers today believe that they are living through unprecedented changes in how ...
Copyright as we know it is a surprisingly recent development. It has been with us just a few decades—only as long, roughly, as Hello Kitty and the Star Wars ...
In the old days, people used to talk about gaming the system. It meant manipulating the rules to produce a desired outcome. The term was popularized by software ...