Literary Wives: The “Happy” Marriage?

The ironic title The Happy Marriage (2016), a novel by Tahar Ben Jelloun, is not as ironic as it seems. On the surface, “that’s the weak point of our marriage: the lack of happiness!” (p. 108). While the narrative from the perspective of an old artist, who has had a stroke, is about his “horrible... Continue Reading →

Torture, Punishment, and Discipline: Reading Foucault

I began last semester terrified that I would have to read brilliant French philosopher, historian, and social critic Michel Foucault’s Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975).  It is an intimidating work and seemed so dense and heavy.  I didn’t think I would like it much, and I assumed that the week of... Continue Reading →

Seeing with the Heart in The Little Prince

The Little Prince (1943), number 92 on the BBC book list, is a short, sweet allegorical novel about the important “things” in life.  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry explores these ideas through the unexpected friendship of his protagonist (seemingly an autobiographical depiction) who has crash-landed in the Sahara desert, and the little prince, a child visitor from... Continue Reading →

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