R. J. Nello

Your Favorite Woman?

I remember thinking also that I had gone to great lengths to write the women well (particularly the French women, who in our “Anglo-Saxon” literature are too often caricatured as nutcases, fiends, deviants, or “exotic”), and she had zeroed in on a man.

Our Battle Over Language

Teaching “old” novels that also contain vulgarities and slurs – novels which usually had been targeted at adult readers when they were originally written – in high school literature is always going to be contentious.