Considering Schiller and Arnold Through Claudia Rankine’s Citizen   

To consider the social function of art is to endeavor to contemplate a question that has haunted great literary critics since the Greek philosophers Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates. Two minds that both considered and offered explanations to this question in the 1700-1800’s were the German Friedrich Schiller and the English Matthew Arnold. Both Schiller and … Read moreConsidering Schiller and Arnold Through Claudia Rankine’s Citizen   

Poetry, Politcs, and Personal Reflection: Redefining the Lyric in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

The world of poetics often views, and uses, lyric poetry as a self-reflective tool because of its ability to engage the poet in a deep exploration of their inner self. Thus, the subject matter of lyric poetry is typically unconcerned with society and the political world, instead offering insight into the poet’s innermost thoughts and … Read morePoetry, Politcs, and Personal Reflection: Redefining the Lyric in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

Ethnicity’s Impact on Literary Experimentation

Literary experimentation has a tendency to alienate writers of color due parameters of experimentation privileging apolitical identities and valuing the inward voice. These avant-garde literary traditions arguably favor the white, male voice and create a hostile environment for minority writers to produce innovative poetry within. Claudia Rankine’s Citizen seeks to break all these supposed rules … Read moreEthnicity’s Impact on Literary Experimentation

Citizen: A Discourse on our Post-Racial Society

The subject of modern day racism is sensitive, loaded, and very real. Whether present in public realms, such as news headlines of injustice, or private spaces, like the hearts of those who burden bitter perspectives, the topic of race is a meaningful problem that merits disclosure and awareness. In this essay, we will examine the … Read moreCitizen: A Discourse on our Post-Racial Society