Literary Gulag - Diana E. Sheets
Diana E. Sheets is a Research Scholar in the Departments of English and History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Columbia University with honors in her minor field, Literature and Politics, which she studied with Edward Said. Later, she worked in corporate sales in metro New York before relocating to the Midwest to write fiction.
This is an archive of the essays and other material found in LiteraryGulag.com, a blog devoted to literary criticism and political commentary. The essays on LiteraryGulag.com hope to demonstrate why fiction must dispense with solipsistic preoccupations of self and love and family and begin examining the world at large.
Additional material by Dr. Sheets may be found here as well.
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The Humanities in Crisis: What Went Wrong and How to Restore Their Centrality in our Daily Lives (The Humanities in 2015: Ch. 1) (Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2014)Over the past 50 years student enrollments in the liberal arts at colleges and universities has plummeted. Our current crisis in the humanities received considerable attention in 2013 with the publication of several ...
The Great Books and Cultural Identity: The Rise and Fall of Western Memory and Its Implications for Our Time (Reading in 2010: Ch. 10) (Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 2010)The great books have encapsulated the historical and cultural foundations of modern Western Civilization since the age of Gutenberg, although the works that informed the Canon extend back to the Greco-Roman Empire and ...
Reading and Thinking Critically in the Age of Disputation (Critical Thinking and Higher Order Thinking: Ch. 7) (Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2012)This essay will examine the methodology that lies at the heart of critical thinking, its strengths and its weaknesses. It will consider the history of the book and its corollary, the ―enlightened reader‖, while assessing ...
Twilight, Harry Potter, and the Youthful Reader: Morality, Gender, and $$$s in Today's Fantasy Blockbusters (2011-08-18)