literature

Women writers dominate JCB Prize for Literature longlist

Anappara, Bhaskar, Zaidi, and Majumdar also happen to be debut writers selected for the longlist this year. By PTI Having authored six out of the ten books selected for the JCB Prize for Literature longlist, women writers dominated the list announced on Tuesday. The women writers on the list include Deepa Anappara for “Djinn Patrol on …

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Maybe a step in the right direction for our relationship to literature in the digital age — Brett Robinson

Catholic News Service – 24 August 2020 Back in June 2013 an intrepid social media user set up a Twitter account to post lines from Herman Melville’s novel, “Moby-Dick.” Individual lines, one at a time, for seven years now. The lines are posted in no particular order and they are sometimes accompanied by an illustration or a …

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Look, don’t touch: what great literature can teach us about love with no contact

With our increased physical distance from each other, novels about forbidden touch and longing are more seductive than ever. Joanna Briscoe 22 May 2020 I n our time of social distancing, the desire for physical contact has never been so intense. And yet we are untouchable. This experience has had its more conspicuous consequences, such …

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Reconciling histories

Originally published in German in 2016 at the height of the refugee crisis, Pierre Jarawanʹs debut novel deftly captures the multi-layered existence of those who are forced to leave their homeland. Newly available in English, “The Storyteller” is a moving tale of the quest for personal identity. Richard Marcus read the book. The story is …

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“What kind of system are we trying to pass on?”

In her debut novel “A Place for Us” about an Indian-American Muslim family, Fatima Farheen Mirza conveys a universal and unique story, revealing the generation gap between the parents and their three children. In conversation with Schayan Riaz, the author talks about the lack of Muslim characters in fiction and moving out to become a …

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Diversity in literature essential to student learning

February 26, 2019 By Tatyana Woodall An Ohio State post-doctoral researcher has found that cultural diversity in literature, or the lack of it, can make a huge impact in and beyond the classroom. Carlotta Penn, a literacy trainer in the College of Education and author of the 2017 children’s book “Dream A Rainbow,” focuses the majority …

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