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Why literature matters

In The Risk of Reading: How Literature Helps Us to Understand Ourselves and the World (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), Boston College alumnus Robert Waxler contends that deep and close readings of literature can help people understand themselves and the world around them. He says people need … Continue reading

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Jesuit Book Award

Congratulations to English Professor Alan Richardson who has received a National Jesuit Book Award from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the national Jesuit honor society Alpha Sigma Nu for his book, The Neural Sublime: Cognitive Theories and Romantic … Continue reading

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Wave: a poetic journey

Award-winning poet Andrew Sofer, an associate professor in BC’s English Department, will read from his book WAVE, a poetic journey across three national landscapes linked by water, on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 305. Sponsors: English … Continue reading

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New take on Henry James

In Henry James and the Queerness of Style, Boston College Associate Professor of English Kevin Ohi asserts that to read Henry James—particularly the late texts—is to confront the queer potential of style and the traces it leaves on the literary … Continue reading

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Dark humor

As the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks approaches, a new book—A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America—illustrates through a series of essays how humor transformed 9/11 politics and how 9/11 … Continue reading

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Numbers 1,2,3,4

A prose poem by Boston College English Professor Elizabeth Graver – written about a photograph of an Arctic weather station  – was selected to appear along with the photo in the current issue of Hayden’s Ferry Review.

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Writers and boxing

Boston College English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella is featured, along with writers Jack London, H.L. Mencken, Mike Lupica, Joyce Carol Oates, George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, and many others, in At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing, a … Continue reading

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