New York Exceptionalism

Had I actually given a lecture today in Writing New York, I would have taken up the theme of New York exceptionalism introduced in my discussion of E. B. White’s Here is New York on Monday. Today’s reading would have been drawn from Russell Shorto’s...

Changing Horizons

It was an interesting experience, rereading E. B. White’s Here is New York on 9/11. It reminded me how valuable a tool the concept of the horizon of expectations is for literary critics. Coined by the literary historian and reader-response theorist Hans Robert...

Introducing vWNY

      For many U.S. academics, Labor Day marks the end of summer: for my colleagues at NYU, tomorrow marks the beginning of the fall term. Today, therefore, seems like the right moment to announce Bryan’s and my new “course”: Virtual...

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-04-10

Today in #wny11 @cpatell is lecturing on E. B. White's "Here Is New York," with detours thru Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses, & Marshall Berman. # We're starting, though, with the opening sequence from THE CRUISE, which pays homage to White's...

See It to Believe It

One of the ways that I have typically contextualized the final pages of E. B. White’s Here is New York has been to show a clip from Edward R. Murrow’s news program See It Now, which began its life as a radio program called Here It Now, but moved to...