Episode 35: Political Language and Literature (Part 2)

This week we continue our conversation at the crossroads of politics and literary criticism. It turns out there is some vocabulary worth knowing in this area, including cosmopolitanism, interrogation, formalism, and several others. This all relates to the Common Errors in English Usage Web site, too, in interesting ways.

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Paul Brians’ notes on Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses (PDF)
Paul Brians’ book on South Asian Literature in English
Paul Brians’ Retirement Speech (“Teaching, Politics, and Me”)

4 thoughts on “Episode 35: Political Language and Literature (Part 2)

  1. Hello! I’m wondering if you’d be willing to add your podcast to the Stitcher network? It’s a great aggregate podcast site that makes finding and listening to my favorite podcasts easy. I’ve reached out to Stitcher as well to request the addition of your podcast, just FYI. (http://www.stitcher.com/faqs)

    Thanks for taking to the time to talk about English usage, one of my favorite topics.


  2. Thank you, Martha. We had held off on joining Stitcher because we were not sure how the show would be handled (possibly with ads inserted). We still aren’t sure about that, but are happy to make the show available to our listeners who use Stitcher. Look for it there soon!


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