Category Archives: Grahame (Kenneth)

Books about People Reading Books

Books about books give readers a sense that they are part of a larger community.

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Haunted by the Absent Music

“The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” episode in “Wind in the Willows” is a powerful expression of pantheism.

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Can the Mississippi Be Bullied?

It appears that New Orleans will be spared the flooding that has occurred further up river, thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers playing God and determining who gets protected and who goes under. While it’s certainly amazing what the Corps has accomplished, but one can’t help but think of Mark Twain’s skepticism in Life on the Mississippi almost 130 years ago.

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What Fictional Fantasy Means

Having taught British Fantasy Literature for the first time last semester, I need to think back on it before it becomes a distant memory.    By reflecting publicly, I can share some of the insights I gained from the course. Two major things I learned are that (1) fantasy is an oppositional genre—by which I […]

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