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On “Character: Three Inquiries in Literary Studies”
"Character Three Inquiries in Literary Studies By Amanda Anderson, Toril Moi, Rita Felski Published 10.23.2019 University of Chicago Press 176 Pages"
literary-criticism  character 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
Angela Duckworth says grit is the key to success in work and life. Is this a bold new idea or the latest self-help fad?
A balanced critique of the psychology of grit and how it may be closer to previous personality concepts than first thought, and may be harder to teach than expected.
book  review  psychology  grit  character  personality 
may 2016 by tsuomela
The Master Character Narratives in Campaign 2012 | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)
"These numbers make this as negative a campaign as PEJ has seen since it began monitoring the master narratives about candidates in press coverage in presidential campaigns in 2000. Only one campaign has been comparable-2004 when coverage was filled with the controversy over the war in Iraq, the prison scandal at Abu Ghraib and the Swift Boat documentaries. "
president  campaign  election  2012  rhetoric  media  journalism  narrative  character 
august 2012 by tsuomela
LRB · David Bromwich · Diary
Bromwich essay of 13 May 2010
"Off-script, Obama speaks so deliberately – with such compunction lest a misjudged word escape – that he seems a lucid expositor of sentiments and intentions. Yet he lacks the ad lib skill of the born politician, skill at making the explanation that actually explains. He has not yet given an entire speech that unfolds a coherent policy in any area of governance; and all of his speeches bear the impress of his belief in the transparent soundness of his own position. He talks as if by full certification of the relevant establishment, corporate, financial, military, medical, and he never takes the trouble to imagine a strong opponent. He is, by nature, a man of tendencies rather than commitments."
politics  america  obama  personality  character  rhetoric  style  speech  persuasion  power 
june 2010 by tsuomela
They Bellow ‘Til We’re Deaf — Crooked Timber
The argument of the piece (discounting some broader sociological claims) goes something like this. We are seeing a hybridization of Genre (i.e. SF, or as Kunkel calls it, ‘sci fi’) and Literature around a small set of shared tropes, which is a Very Bad Thing, because it vitiates Literature’s fascination with the complexity of the individual, and turns Literary Fiction into a higher class of potboiler.
fiction  literature  sf  criticism  definition  character  boundaries  genre  boundary-policing 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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