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Jean-Paul Sartre’s Existentialism and Human Emotions and Literature & Existentialism

Unlike many writers who oozed existential philosophy from every drop of ink that bled on their manuscripts, Jean-Paul Sartre does not shy from submitting a definition of existentialism.

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The Inner Life and the Social World in the Work of James Baldwin

What unified Baldwin’s vision and made him unique were his great intelligence and his great passion; they informed, reflected, and expressed each other.

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Trash and Serious Literature in America: Aristotle Blows the Whistle on Us

Aristotle provided a couple of insights that are useful in understanding certain trends in contemporary American fiction.

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Denarration and the Persistence of Memory

Coupland’s serfs make an idiomatic institution out of "not having a life" by voluntarily "denarrating" themselves.

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The Jesus Video

Essentially, the Jesus movie consists of nothing more than a pretty-boy Shakespearean with a prominent forehead wandering aimlessly around Israel and muttering half-heartedly about eternity while a bunch of people with disheveled hair act as if they are in awe of his prowess.

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Germany Year Zero

History is constantly torn between science and art. Sometimes, people try to resolve this dilemma by pulling art, and fiction in particular, toward the scientific, sometimes, by stressing the artistic side of science, and, sometimes, by calling it a void argument. But how do we avoid a question inscribed in the ambiguity of the very […]

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