Scott Esposito

  • Distant Reading

    Every decade since the 1950s, a literary doctrine or two has dominated the academy. In the Sixties it was structuralism and reader response theory; in the Seventies, deconstruction. The Eighties saw the emergence of…

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  • Ecstatic Variations

    In the midst of the James Frey affair—when Oprah was badgering the man on national television with how “duped” she felt, how he’d “betrayed” a nation of good readers by fabricating parts of his memoir—it was all fairly clear.

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  • A World without Why?

    I have what I have always held to be a mildly discreditable day job, that of teaching philosophy at a university. I take it to be discreditable because about 85 percent of my time…

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