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    What exactly is aestheticism?

    I've been reading a collection of Oscar Wilde short stories, which is the first Wilde I've ever read, and was surprised by how many of them critiqued inequality, because I know Wilde was associated...
  2. Delighted to see how much antagonism towards...

    Delighted to see how much antagonism towards wokeness there is here. Rare to find that in literary circles.
  3. Which pieces of literature do you think a writer can learn something from?

    I am an aspiring writer and am always reading a lot and watching a lot of films, both for pleasure, but also in the hope of learning something. I'm wondering what pieces of literature you think a...
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    Literary Twitter accounts

    I'm looking for some good literary accounts to follow on Twitter. In particular I'm interested in people who give opinions and critiques more than news, but generally any literary accounts you find...
  5. I don't understand this part, could you explain...

    I don't understand this part, could you explain what you mean?
  6. Is literary modernism defined by form exclusively or content as well?

    Am I mistaken in thinking of literary modernism as being defined exclusively by experimentation with form? Does modernism also feature a specific kind of content?

    For example, Kafka is described...
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    What is cultural criticism?

    Does the term cultural criticism refer to critiquing culture in the sense of art (film, television, music, literature etc.) or does it refer to critiquing a nation's culture more broadly (politics,...
  8. Did you enjoy The Trial in spite of its inscrutability?

    I just watched Orson Welles' adaptation of the novel, though I have not read the novel itself, and I found it completely inscrutable. I found the scenes and conversations which, on the face of them,...
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    Learning how to handle theme

    Could you please refer me to articles/videos/books that deal with handling theme? Specifically, I am most interested in the matter of how to know and understand when you're being too explicit with...
  10. What is the critical reputation of On the Road today?

    Is it regarded as one of the great novels in the history of English literature or just an artifact of the beat generation or something in between?
  11. Henry Hazlitt and Matthew Arnold thought novels were lower than poetry?

    I was listening to the In Our Time podcast about Victorian Realism and the host mentioned in passing how Hazlitt and Matthew Arnold felt the novel was too popular and not in the same category as...
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    Victorian short stories

    Are there any short story writers from the Victorian era who would be the short story equivalents of the great novelists of the time like Dickens or George Eliot in that they are both regarded as...
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    Critical reputation of Alice in Wonderland

    I'm curious about how critics appraise Alice in Wonderland today? Is it regarded as a great novel, one of the 100 greatest or just a popular classic?
  14. How did Harold Bloom rise to such a level of eminence?

    There seems to be a level of reverence around this guy and even I, who knows no other scholar of literature, have heard of him. How did this reputation get made?
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    Eileen Myles - radical?

    I'm reading this article

    and at one point they say:

    I'm curious what that means, that she is a "radical thinker", as I...
  16. Changes in what's viewed as high or low in art?

    The recent Pulitzer Prize win by a rapper got me thinking, does what is considered high and what is considered low in art change over time? I'm too young and underread to be able to answer this...
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    I never said anything about popular success. I'm...

    I never said anything about popular success. I'm talking about reputation as a great novel.
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    Catch 22 - why so highly regarded?

    It seems this novel is routinely listed as one of the greatest English language novels of the 20th century and I'm wondering why. I'm not saying it doesn't deserve that status, I'm just curious why...
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    List of most expensive books?

    Does anyone know where a fella might find a list of the most expensive books (biggest auction sales) that he could be sure was up to date? I find a few articles online, but they're all a few years...
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  21. Dorothy Parker, Perleman, Benchley etc. - audiobooks available?

    I'm assuming all these folks are in the public domain now, if not the mods can go ahead and delete this.

    Does anyone know whether free audiobooks are available anywhere online of Dorothy Parker or...
  22. Genera equivalent of New Yorker Fiction Podcast

    I love the New Yorker Fiction Podcast. I love the format in particular. If you're not familiar with it, they have a writer over who picks a short story from the New Yorker's archive and then he...
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    I'll look into Note Tab Lite. But that's...

    I'll look into Note Tab Lite.

    But that's more of a heavy program, I think, like Word. I'm looking for something very light like Wordpad.
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    Lightweight text editor for writing?

    Can anyone recommend a good lightweight text editor?

    I used to use Win XP's Wordpad and it was perfect for my purposes, but now I updated to Win 10 and the new Wordpad has the problem that it has...
  25. When I google "Bachelor of Languages in English"...

    When I google "Bachelor of Languages in English" it gets two results, one being you.
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