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George Eliot vs. Shakespeare’s Empathetic Imagination

Paula Marantz Cohen— Before I ever read Shakespeare, I read George Eliot. I was inspired to study Victorian literature by George Eliot’s novel, Middlemarch. I love all Eliot’s work, and I especially love Middlemarch. Yet I want to argue with the general belief that Eliot is a hugely empathetic writer. Eliot shows a

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Tragedy

Terry Eagleton— All art has a political dimension, but tragedy actually began life as a political institution. Indeed, for Hannah Arendt it is the political art par excellence. Only in theatre, she writes, ‘is the political sphere of human life transposed into art’. In fact, ancient Greek tragedy is not

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Sad that Harry Potter Is Over? Here’s New C.S. Lewis for Fantasy Lovers

Unpublished and relatively unknown until now, Lewis’ translation of the Aeneid is available in C.S. Lewis’s Lost Aeneid: Arms and the Exile, edited by A.T. Reyes, shows the widely disseminated and studied epic through the eyes of the beloved British writer. In this bilingual edition, Reyes presents Virgil’s Latin text with the famous author’s long-forgotten interpretation.