Frontispiece "Untitled" by Joan Mitchell
Joan Mitchell
Oil on Canvas
(110.25 x 78.75 inches), 1992
Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris
© Estate of Joan Mitchell
Photo by Philippe Migeat
©CNAC/MNAM/Dist. RMN-Grand
Palais/Art Resource, NY
Frontispiece Spring 2021

..From the farthest high corner of the room the skittering sound came, soft and insistent...
Spring 2021, page 100

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

Jackson Lears: One Hundred Seconds
Editor's Note — Summer 2020
At what feels like an apocalyptic moment, the nation that has always claimed to play a uniquely redemptive role in world history has suddenly been recast in a different mold. In the richest country on earth, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have turned out to be peculiarly catastrophic. Read more...

Jackson Lears: One Hundred Seconds
Editor's Note — Summer 2020


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Selections from our Spring 2021 issue…

Sally Mann and the Burden of Southern History
Robert Westbrook

Photographer Sally Mann's adamant Southern identity and her obsessive concern for Southern history have often been noted, by herself and others.

Prophecy and Wisdom in the African American Intellectual Imagination
Omedi Ochieng
Contemporary public debates between and among African American public intellectuals have been unremittingly embittered.

Moto Perpetuo (An Autobiography)
Elisa Biagini
translated by Gregory Conti
a lightning bolt, a voice that swings
among the branches, a chord
cut by thunder

the hoof, the paw
the separated toes and later

Spring 2021
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Winter 2021
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Fall 2020

Summer 2020