A Hispanic Heritage Month Reading List
The Forms of Informal Empire: Britain, Latin America, and Nineteenth-Century Literature
A few years ago, at a get-together in Santiago, Chile, I met a local man I’ll call Luis. Amid small talk, he mentioned that he supervises a number of his family’s copper mines in the north. When I asked him how his family came to own them, he shrugged and said...
On Systems Failure: The Uses of Disorder in English Literature
The idea that society is a system—or that it frequently acts like a system—is so familiar that we take it for granted. In a broad sense, we often find it easy to generalize about the behavior and beliefs of large groups of people. We talk confidently about...