Monthly Archives: September 2021

Debating Literature’s Impact

I share the revised table of contents of the book I’m working on.

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Jane Austen Will Cure What Ails You

Jane Austen therapy has been prescribed for war vets, London civilians under attack, and people hiding out from Covid.

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The Classics as Teen Survival Guides

Vietnamese immigrant Phuc Tran uses various classics to survive American adolescence.

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Letting Go of Summer

Poet Borowicz doesn’t want to let go of summer until she remembers her great-grandmother.

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Longing for Consequences

Reading “Washington Square” made me realize how hungry I have been for misbehaving politicians to pay for their bad behavior.

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Like an Ocean Thundering to the Moon

In “Prayer” Nims desperately calls out to God to fill the emptiness within.

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Getting to Know Henry James

I’m on a Henry James kick and am enthralled with “Daisy Miller” and “Washington Square.”

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The Great Books as Assimilation Manual

Phuc Tran’s “Sigh, Gone” describes how great literature helped him negotiate a difficult immigrant experience.

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Surveying Great Thinkers about Lit’s Power

I share an excerpt from my book about what can be learned by surveying what great thinkers have said about literature’s impact upon readers.

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  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

    Please feel free to e-mail me [rrbates (at) smcm (dot) edu]. I would be honored to hear your thoughts and questions about literature.

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