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Christopher Schade
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(12 x 12 inches), 2013
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Frontispiece Winter 2017

...Call it Capital, call it Modernity Post Hoc—
the hours have passed through the hourglass
and back into the sea...
Winter 2017, page 24

Welcome to Raritan—a journal of wide-ranging inquiry. In the tradition of independent magazines from the Spectator to Partisan Review, Raritan offers writers and readers the opportunity for sustained reflection and aesthetic pleasure, uncluttered by academic jargon. Founded in 1981 by the distinguished literary critic Richard Poirier, and supported by Rutgers University, Raritan aims to reach the common reader in everyone and to provide a particular experience of reading, one that nurtures an engaged and questioning approach to cultural texts of all sorts: literary, artistic, political, historical, sociological, even scientific.

Our contributors include some of the most prominent thinkers of our time—David Bromwich, Adam Phillips, Jacqueline Rose, Pankaj Mishra—as well as talented younger writers whose voices we have just begun to hear—Corey Robin, Elizabeth Samet, Timothy Parrish, Kate Northrop, Jennifer Burns. In fiction, poetry, and translations as well as reflective essays, Raritan shows that probing inquiry is perfectly compatible with personal style, and that intellectual life, at its best, is a form of serious play. We invite you to explore Raritan and, if you like what you see, to subscribe to our magazine.

Jackson Lears
Editor in Chief

A Note on the Winter 2017 Issue
Every issue of Raritan finds a coherence that can’t be chalked up completely to editorial deliberation. There is always a bit of mystery--call it chance--to the way a table of contents takes shape. Our current issue illustrates this quality in its attention to a few of the great American teachers and critics of the twentieth century. Read more...

Editor's Note

Hobson's Choice
Jackson Lears
Donald Trump embodies a rogues’ gallery of cartoonish figures: the confidence man, the master of misdirection, the buffoonish big shot, the demonic clown. But he is a clown with a semiautomatic assault weapon. In pursuing terrorists, his predecessors in the White House have provided this president with the tools to pursue executive tyranny...

Selections from our Winter 2017 issue…

Teacher Teacher: Poirier and Coles on Writing
David Bartholomae
It is fall, 2010, and I’m headed toward the final weeks of a firstyear writing course, a course I’ve taught every fall since 1973, when I was a graduate student at Rutgers University and teaching for the first time…

XYZ, or, the ABCs of Deconstruction
Gregory Jones-Katz
It was the spring term of 1977 in 317 Linsly-Chittenden Hall, a Romanesque building on the High Street edge of Yale’s Old Campus that housed “The Best English Department in the World,” and Geoffrey Hartman had just finished a lecture in Lit Z, an innovative course that he team-taught with Paul de Man…

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