The Case for Video Games as a Compelling Form of Literature

Written by Sydney Stewart When someone mentions video games, you probably think immediately of games like Fortnite, Super Mario Bros., or Call of Duty – not exactly games with stories that would fit seamlessly in the pages of a book. However, I would say that it’s time to start considering video games as legitimate mediums…

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The Epistolary Form and Trauma in The Star of the Sea

Written by Kevin LaTorre Conventional views of literature value the immersive effect of a story, so much so that most writers would accept “believable world building” as a high compliment. But what happens when novelists choose to remind the reader that the pages are fiction, consciously devised by someone real? In that instance, the form…

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Translating Borges’ First Facebook Post

Written by JoJo Phillips Today, I am sitting on a stool in a long, grey hallway, looking at the portraits on the walls. The one in front of me is of a sad, old man named Borges. He is on the wall, like a fish, and looks down at me, also Borges. All around us,…

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Beyond That Which We Reap: A Look at Literary Responses to Nature

Written by Sydney Stewart One glance at any reputable news source, and the grim reality of climate change and environmental destruction is clear: the earth changes day after day largely as a result of human actions, and soon the environment won’t be hospitable, or even recognizable. Obviously, this is a problem. Massive amounts of literature acknowledges the beauty…

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Rewriting Witches: Evaluating the Renditions of Circe and Sabrina

Written by Anna Dolliver The Halloween witching season has come but not gone because apparently it is here to stay. According to this Ploughshares article: “The era of vampires and werewolves and brooding male anti-heroes on the screen and on the page seemed to be over, with female-centric stories of witchcraft emerging as a powerful symbol…

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The Misapplied Female Villainy in Emma Cline’s The Girls

Written by Kylie Warkentin As any young, voracious reader can attest, I used the worlds novels offered as benchmarks in which to measure the unruliness of the world around me. As a teenage girl trying her hardest to scrape together any sort of sense of self, books seemed like they held, if not the answers,…

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