Professor of Renaissance literature and preeminent literary critic Stephen Greenblatt sees works of art, such as literature, as â€œfields of force, places of dissension and shifting interests, occasions for the jostling of orthodox and subversive impulses.â€ His technique, popularly known as New Historicism, strives to recreate the socio-historical realities of a time period in order to better understand the â€œcirculating social energiesâ€ of a timeâ€”the ways a text both draws influence from and impacts its cultural milieu.
I thought of presenting a hardcore research paper about food politics and the insidious conspiracy by the Corn Refinerâ€™s Association of America (in collaboration with the FDA) to usher in a brave new world riding on amber waves of grain: a nutritious, affordable sweetener for all, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) lining the food aisles of Walmart.
Thirty-seven-year-old big-wave champion Darryl â€œFleaâ€ Virostko and I stood on a cliff above the grey North Pacific. The wind howled. The surf spot weâ€™d come to check folded in upon itself far below us. Flea unburied his golf bag from the bed of his battered Toyota Tundra. Just couple of years old, it belched white smoke from the exhaust pipe, bled steering fluid, and ran unevenly on seven of its eight cylinders.
The mid-nineteenth century in England was a period of considerable social upheaval produced by widespread economic, political, and technological shifts. The decades following the Napoleonic wars brought repeated class conflicts and economic depressions as well as continual expansion of British imperial interests and increasing industrialization. The 1850s, in particular, were a period of intense social redefinition in England. The widespread introduction of steam power into manufacturing brought about what many have identified as the Second Industrial Revolution.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries especially, narratives of human progress have been increasingly presented in terms of acceleration in a phenomenon testifying to what can be termed â€œthe ecstasy of speed.â€ In considering, unpacking, and interrogating such ecstasy, we investigate the ways in which individuals and cultures seek to rush towards the beyond of present realities.
The recent move in early modern scholarship toward the study of the interrelationship between Europe and â€œthe Eastâ€ raises some important questions of theory and methodology. On the one hand, critical employment of postcolonial categories of East and West can privilege colonialism as the primary condition structuring history and social relations neglecting basic historical facts, […]
In her essay â€œTaking TVâ€™s â€œâ€˜War of Wordsâ€™â€ Too Literally,â€1 Georgetown University linguist Deborah Tannen examines the rise of what she calls the â€œargument culture.â€ That argument is a significant part of American culture today is clear whenever we turn on the television set. Talking heads that populate the airwaves with ardent speakers can be found on various talk shows, especially cableâ€™s quasi-news programs such as MSNBCâ€™s Hardball or CNNâ€™s Crossfire.