When gay and lesbian people had to invent their own languages with which to talk with each other, camp led the way.
A man named Samuel Clemens received funds from the radical abolitionist Boston Vigilance Committee in 1854. It may have been Mark Twain, pulling a prank.
On the controversial directive that a paragraph must contain a topic sentence, an idea that theorists, writers, and students have questioned for decades.
Perhaps the Harry Potter stories are so potent because they rework the iconic hero stories of medieval French Arthurian romances.
An interview with Arif Anwar, whose debut novel covers sixty years of Bengali history in five love stories.
What the author learned from his mother, a feminist academic doing a research project on film adaptations of Little Women.
The Anthropocene requires a new history to explain how humans transform the planet. The work of poet John Clare is a good place to start.
How the Brothers Grimm went hunting for fairytales, accidentally changed the course of historical linguistics, and kickstarted a new field of scholarship in folklore.
Creature of the court, royalist and fop, dandy and dilettante, John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, knew how to scandalize with verse.
Logger slang may have coined terms like "punk," "haywire," and "pie in the sky." One lexicographer attempted to catalogue the industry's slang in 1942.