Literature and culture

A heated polemic in defense of the historical novel as a genre—with some reflections on how my books were handled in the Times Book Review.

July, 1989

This speech, given at the Harvard conference on anticommunism in November, 1988, laments the absence of critical post-Stalinist novels in the United States, and says all we have is either demonology or lives of the saints.


A discussion of the conditions of production of art and literature, and the ideology behind modernist/post-modernist critical theory


An historical overview of various kinds of women's songs—ballads, complaints, songs of struggle, and women's liberation songs—and their function in women's culture.

January-February, 1971
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