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What Ever Did Happen to Modernism?

By Karen Zouaoui What Ever Happened to Modernism? is Gabriel Josipovici’s rallying cry in the face of an overly conservative literary tradition in the UK.…

Connoisseurship and Condescension

By Michael Savage Some of the earliest art exhibitions gathered together selections of the greatest works they could find, without particular concern for coherence. The…

On Biography

By Miguel Fernandes Ceia William Gaddis’ attack on the institution and on the entertainment industry, in his posthumous novel, Agapē Agape, claims that there is…

A Return to Beauty and Civility?

By Valentine Rossetti The question of beauty in art has, over the past few years, come more and more into question. Both critics and philosophers…

Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal

The royal Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal is shown on a famous group of Assyrian palace reliefs from the North Palace of Nineveh that are now…

The Redemption of Saint Anthony

By Colin Dickey In the fall of 1849, Gustave Flaubert invited his two closest friends—Louis Bouilhet and Maxime du Camp—to hear a reading of what…

What Makes Franz Liszt Still Important?

By Leon Botstein Marking anniversaries of the birth and death of historic figures, particularly in music, is somewhat akin to commemorating annually the date of…

Machiavelli the Comedian

By Christopher S. Celenza “Comedian,” admittedly, is not the first word you associate with Machiavelli—and “funny” is not a word normally applied to Lucretius. And…

Picturing Don Quixote

Four hundred years ago, on April 23, 1616, Miguel de Cervantes died. In the prologue to his posthumously-published The Trials of Persiles and Sigismunda, he…

Robert Greene, the First Bohemian

The only known image of the dramatist, poet, pamphleteer, and initially unrepentant libertine Robert Greene is a woodcut from John Dickenson’s Greene in Conceipt, printed…

History of the Oscars

Hollywood produces dozens, if not hundreds, of movies annually. Although a significant part of them is meant solely for entertainment and possess little-to-no artistic value,…

The Mozart Effect

It is a well-known fact that listening to different kinds of music can evoke various feelings and moods in a listener. For example, listening to…

Summary of “Flowers for Algernon”

”Flowers for Algernon,” written in 1966 by Daniel Keyes, has rightly become one of the most well-known fantasy novels in world literature. Originally written as…

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