Miscellany from the Material World of Books
"The experience of a work of art is, as everyone seems willing to grant without pondering the implications, unique and untranslatable; to suggest that one has captured it in an analysis is, therefore, to falsify and mislead. The best criticism can hope to do is to set the work in as many illuminating contexts as possible."
– Leslie Fiedler, Love and Death in the American Novel
Robert Waxler is an English professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Waxler co-founded the internationally known Changing Lives Through Literature program in 1991, and is the co-founder of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Jewish Culture. He has served as Chairman of the English Department, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dean of Continuing Education. He has authored or co-authored several books, including Changing Lives Through Literature, Finding a Voice, Transforming Literacy, Losing Jonathan, and Courage to Walk. He is currently at work on a new book, Story and Real Life, exploring the relationship between linguistic narrative and the contingent experience of everyday life.