The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel helped introduce the idea of the “modern individual”—a surprisingly radical concept for readers at the time.
The original cuffed-trouser urbanite on the hunt for authenticity—and undercutting it with his own self-consciousness—was J. Alfred Prufrock.
California State University's recent decision to strip InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapters of their school affiliation undermines its ability to teach pluralism.
The movement for "trigger warnings" in college classrooms is part of a troubling trend toward protecting people from their own individual sensitivities.
The incarcerated may be the Bard's ideal modern audience.
Jane Austen's classic is 200 years old, but longtime spouses and relationship experts alike stand by the principles it presents.
New "transmedia" works like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries let viewers participate in their stories via Twitter and Facebook, but multi-platform storytelling dates back as far as 1740.
A debate has erupted over whether reading fiction makes human beings more moral. But what if its real value consists in something even more fundamental?
The novelist and poet's writing pushed back against the idea that a woman's virtue is tied to her virginity.
How climate change has wreaked havoc on an otherwise tranquil nation.
This English professor thinks the program's approach to reading could fix the problems she sees among her college students.
It can be beneficial to make marriage the cornerstone, rather than the capstone, of your adult life.
Jonathan Swift described the horrors of discovering that women poop—and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu responded in bitingly funny fashion.
Women's past accomplishments (and failures) deserve to be studied, appreciated, criticized, and otherwise actively engaged—not passively cheered in a banal annual celebration.
"If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time," she wrote in 'The Bell Jar,' "then I'm neurotic as hell."
"The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you—black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight."
It's an important distinction, both linguistically and scientifically.
The Biblical account shows that Jesus' mother knowingly and willingly chose the role God offered her.
The more the word is used metaphorically, the more people lose touch with what it really means.