Category Archives: Mandel (Emily St. John)

On Rereading During a Pandemic

In three articles on rereading great literature during difficult times, two discuss how it reassures them and the third that literature isn’t meant to reassure.

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A Literary Survey of What Plagues Mean

A survey of how literary authors have grappled for meaning in times of pestilence bolsters our own search. I look at Sophocles, Virgil, Defoe, Porter, Camus, King, Mandel, Atwood, and Erdrich.

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When Millenarians Meet a Pandemic

Mandel’s “Station Eleven” predicts the kind of religious language we can expect to hear from some as the pandemic deepens. It’s not pleasant.

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The Bard Answers Pestilence’s Challenge

In Emily St. John Mandel’s dystopia “Station Eleven,” people turn to Shakespeare in a world that has been devastated by pandemic.

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