Electric Literature: Transformative Solidarity Can Empower Ordinary People in This Terrible Time

Electric Literature: Transformative Solidarity Can Empower Ordinary People in This Terrible Time

“Impediments to unity are so common and copious,” write Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Astra Taylor, “they appear as an ordinary, even intractable, aspect of life.” But for the authors of the new book Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea, division is not some spontaneous or natural thing. Rather, it requires the strategic […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: Deprovincializing Criticism: On Bruce Robbins’s “Criticism and Politics”

Los Angeles Review of Books: Deprovincializing Criticism: On Bruce Robbins’s “Criticism and Politics”

BRUCE ROBBINS’S Criticism and Politics: A Polemical Introduction (2022) is two books in one. The first book grapples with criticism’s zombie deadlock—the century-old debate about whether criticism can and should analyze historical contexts as well as literary texts. Can criticism create knowledge about “politics” as well as poems, plays, and novels—about content as well as […]

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Electric Literature: 7 Novels that Illuminate the Dark Side of Corporate Culture

Electric Literature: 7 Novels that Illuminate the Dark Side of Corporate Culture

“I am a lawyer,” I nodded humbly, breath bated for the reaction I wanted—no, needed—to receive.  I said this to most people I met, as opposed to “I work in a law firm.” An innocuous difference at first, but one which belied a deep reliance on my job for my self-worth. I didn’t merely work […]

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