How a 17th-century nun wrote poetry, dramas, and comedies that took on the inequities and double standards women faced in society.
The "Vicious Circle" of the Algonquin Round Table included sharp-tongued wits like Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcott. But it wasn't always vicious.
Revisiting an essential Asian American work, beloved for its synthesis of neocolonialism, postmodernism, and central queer and female characters.
Is it really only dads who can tell dad jokes? And is this corny humor universal? Our linguist takes a deep dive.
Blake’s works offer an alternative to the failures of the Enlightenment, which couldn’t muster a consistent argument for abolition.
The pseudoscience of phrenology included a notion of body as text that Whitman loved. But the craze of "bumpology" also had a darker side.
She was known as the "female Byron." So why doesn't anyone read L.E.L. anymore?
Rereading W.H. Auden, George Orwell, and James Baldwin in times of crisis.
He died young of suicide and became the quintessence of the tormented poet. But his death may have been an accident, and his greatest work, forgeries.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel embraced jazz, while also falling prey to the racist caricatures associated with it.