Posts Tagged: The Chronicle of Higher Education

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Tamiko Nimura

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Tamiko Nimura talks about the influence of history, memory, and silence on her work; creating a private MFA for herself; and writing a generational memoir.

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Revising ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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Irony abounds in a story from The Chronicle of Higher Education about Jonathan Gottschall, the pioneering figure of Literary Darwinism, who has taken to MMA fighting since his career as an academic foundered. Gottschall made a splash in literary circles with a dogmatic assertion that the lens of evolutionary biology can and should supercede all other […]

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Word of the Day: Anopisthographic

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(adj.); inscribed only on one side; c. 1870-75 “As literary quarrels go, [Boisrobert’s denunciation of Homer] was a particularly good one, because it wasn’t really about technique but about the quality of ideas, about the relationship between knowledge and innovation, and not least about the value of originality.” —Arthur Krystal, “What We Lose if We […]

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From Metaphor to Consciousness

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Neuroscientists are examining metaphors and finding that they’re essential to language. Modern brain scanning has allowed scientists to look at brain activity as the brain employs metaphors from language. What has been found is that the brain interprets metaphors literally. For instance,  metaphors based on actions involving the body activate areas of the brain that […]

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The Agony of Adjuncts

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This week, Chronicle of Higher Education advice-columnist “Ms. Mentor” counsels a recent MFA graduate on her career options. The recent grad is considering a gig as an adjunct professor teaching composition, but the academic scene Ms. Mentor sketches is pretty grim: …some 70 percent of college courses offered are now taught by adjuncts—part-timers who are paid […]

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Thanks, The Chronicle

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In their 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, The Chronicle of Higher Education endorsed our Letters for Kids subscription: “1 more thing for kids: The Rumpus’s Letters for Kids project will mail your child a letter every few weeks from a children’s / young adult author. We’ve had this for a while, and the 9yo loves it.” We love you back!

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Like It or Not

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How does a non-native English speaker figure out the proper usage and placement of “like”? Is the “like tic” nothing more than a meaningless flaw? “Had the non-native inquirer delved further, he would have found “like” analyzed as communicating something about the speaker’s relationship to his or her statement; as a “hedge”; as more common […]

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Ideas of a Decade

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A special issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, “An Era in Ideas,” goes under the surface of words like “death” and “terrorism” that have entered the public imagination since the September 11th attacks.  The collection of essays reflects on the evolving significance of these ideas over the past decade. (Via Arts and Letters Daily)

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