Russell Kirk as a Midwestern Writer

Video of a seminar on “Russell Kirk as a Midwestern Writer” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature at Michigan State University, June 2, 2015.A panel on “Russell Kirk as a Midwestern Writer” took place at...

Terry Castle: The Anti-Paglia

Camille Paglia burst onto the scene with Sexual Personae like Marlene Dietrich appearing at the top of the staircase. Who was this woman with the gloriously severe haircut who could put a 700-page book of literary criticism onto the bestseller lists? The essays she...

The Puritan Society: Toward Pluralism

The Last American Puritan: The Life of Increase Mather by Michael G. Hall. Wesleyan University Press, 1988. xv + 438 pp. $35. Michael G. Hall’s biography of Increase Mather goes far toward rehabilitating the Mather family of colonial Massachusetts. The Mathers have...

The Geneaology of Decadence?

Soumission by Michel Houellebecq. Paris: Flammarion, 2015. Hardcover, 300 pages, $50. When Joris-Karl Huysmans published À rebours in 1884, a novel that would come to be known as “la bible de la décadence,” the writer and literary critic Barbey d’Aurevilly weighed in...

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