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An emphatic argument about the dangers of compromise in art, politics, and everyday life In "On Compromise: Art, Politics, and the Fate of an American Ideal", Rachel Greenwald Smith argues against contemporary liberal society's tendency to view compromise as an unalloyed good—politically, ethically, and artistically. In a series of clear, convincing essays, Smith explores the dangers of thinking about compromise as an end, rather than as a means, by way of Bikini Kill and the Riot Grrrl movement, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Poetry magazine, the resurgence of fascism, and other wide-ranging topics. Rachel Greenwald Smith is the author of "Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism". Her essays have appeared in American Literature, the Account, Mediations, and elsewhere. She teaches at Saint Louis University. This is an in-person event. Masks are required for all attendees. Copies of "On Compromise" will be available for purchase and signing at the event, courtesy of Subterranean Books.
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