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Chaucer and the Problem With Poetry

by Rachel Shunk   When Chaucer’s bumbling narrator in the House of Fame dreams that he has been snatched up by a Dantean eagle, he supposes he is about to be carried bodily into heaven. “Thou demest of thyself amis,” the eagle assures him, deflating the narrator’s absurd mistake, which is born of fear and desire ...

Beyond the New Sincerity: What is a Post-Post-Ironic Sensibility?

by Grubby   If you've seen The Lego Movie, you know that its tone is playful, self-deprecating, and whimsical. It has themes, but refuses to be ponderous about them. When the Master Builder Vitruvius states the moral message of the film in so many words (something along the lines of "You are special if you believe you ...