Books are often targeted when they are sympathetic to the oppressed.
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A scholar of literature sees striking parallels between contemporary book bans in the US and those that took place in South Africa during apartheid.
There was a surge in book banning in 2021.
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A free speech expert defines censorship and applies that lesson to current political struggles in the US to ban books from public schools and libraries.
Reading and writing can prevent cognitive decline.
As we get older, our eyesight may dim and our recall may falter. But our linguistic abilities don’t seem to erode.
Toni Morrison’s legacy echoes across the world.
In some ways, perhaps Morrison is even more relevant in South African universities today than she’s ever been.
With her writing, and her work as a publisher, Morrison brought the African-American experience to the fore in the US and around the world.
Toni Morrison photographed in 2010: in both her fiction and non-fiction, she sought to expose the ‘national amnesia’ underlying often unconscious forms of racism.
In her creative and critical work, Toni Morrison sought to remap the contours of American literature and culture.
Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston and Nella Larsen are on this short list of enduring must-read writers.
Left to right: Nobel Prize, U.S. Library of Congress, Yale archive
Here is a small list of pivotal texts by African American women from the past century.
Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is famous for having been called wise in part because he wouldn’t label himself wise.
It is a tall order to try to become wise. And the bad news is that it appears harder than many philosophers have thought.
A wax model of Ernest Hemingway at Madame Tussauds in New York.
Bob Dylan is now a literary celebrity. And next week, the Booker Prize judges will anoint another. The tag is still chiefly attached to men but women authors shouldn’t despair: fame and good writing can be uneasy bedfellows.
Desdemona is one of several productions at this year’s Melbourne Festival that invites its audiences to listen to tragedy and its reverberations.
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Tony Morrison’s Desdemona, which opens today in Melbourne, asks many questions of its audience. Perhaps most pressingly: what does it really mean to listen, rather than hear?