Miscellany from the Material World of Books
“[Language] is not so much a stock of materials as a horizon, which implies both a boundary and a perspective; in short, it is the comforting area of an ordered space. The writer literally takes nothing from it; a language is for him rather a frontier, to overstep which alone might lead to the linguistically supernatural; it is a field of action, the definition of, and hope for, a possibility.”
– Roland Barthes, Writing Degree Zero
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Welcome to Literature Lab. L.L. is a series of interviews with literary scholars about the questions and concepts that drive their work. These podcasts are for anyone who takes pleasure in reading. L.L. is produced by David Sherman, who teaches in the English Department, and sponsored by the Theodore and Jane Norman Fund at Brandeis University. Feel free to write David with questions, ideas, or feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org, and to check out his faculty page here.
Lara Langer Cohen
Fraudulence and the Making of U.S. Literature
Adventures in Close Reading
Yeats and Irish Revival
John Paul Riquelme
The Gothic Novel
Oprah, the Victorian Novel, and You
The Medieval Imagination, or, the Fresh Blood of the Deep Past
Virtual Reality in 9/11 Fiction
Carrie J. Preston
Ezra Pound, Noh Theater, and Submission