Studying Pandemic Literature

| By Jennifer Stock, Sr. Content Developer | As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, many people looked to the past to try to make sense of how this disease has affected us and how our predecessors made it through similarly difficult times. In the earliest months of 2020, numerous media outlets ran stories … Read more

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Malala Yousafzai, Svetlana Alexievich and Shakespeare

I think of literary criticism as a conversation: an author speaks to an audience, which responds with comments, questions, sometimes praise, and sometimes disparagement. The discussion can last for centuries. In the case of Shakespeare, for instance, in 1592, early in his career, he was dismissed by fellow writer Robert Greene as an “upstart crow beautified with our feathers” and mocked as a “Shake-scene” (whatever that is).

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