R. V. Young

About R. V. Young

R. V. Young is former Professor of Renaissance Literature and Literary Criticism in the English Department of North Carolina State University. He is the author of many books, including At War With the Word and A Student’s Guide to English Literature. He is the co-founder and co-editor (with M. Thomas Hester) of the John Donne Journal and was editor of the conservative quarterly Modern Age from 2007 to 2017.

In Defense of Patriarchy

By |2020-08-10T10:03:43-05:00August 9th, 2020|Categories: Christendom, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Family, Marriage|Tags: |

“Patriarchy” is a word that has almost ceased to communicate a definable meaning in contemporary discourse. Feminist theory deploys the term so loosely that it may be applied to any institution or instance in which men dominate women or are perceived to do so. “Most feminist criticism,” Heather Jones avers, “tends to represent the family [...]

Robert Frost: Imaginative Conservative

By |2020-11-30T19:13:39-06:00January 28th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Peter Stanlis, Poetry, Robert Frost|

Robert Frost seemed stubbornly—even querulously—conservative, but it is often the case that he dramatizes political realities most shrewdly and profoundly in poems that never mention politics in the conventional sense. Shortly before the death of Robert Frost, the editor of a selection of critical essays on the poet summarized the case for his prosecution as [...]

Juliet and Other Shakespearean Nominalists

By |2016-08-03T10:37:03-05:00August 27th, 2013|Categories: Christendom, William Shakespeare|Tags: |

Shakespeare “It was William of Occam,” writes Richard Weaver in his seminal work, Ideas Have Consequences, “who propounded the fateful idea of nominalism, which denies that universals have a real existence.” Weaver compares this development in the intellectual history of Western man to Macbeth’s ominous meeting with the Weird Sisters: “Have we forgotten our [...]

Individual and Community in The Scarlet Letter

By |2018-11-09T12:50:50-06:00August 15th, 2013|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Community|Tags: |

Alexis de Toqueville, a friendlier Frenchman than most we meet nowadays, was, nonetheless, concerned about the deleterious effects of American individualism. In Democracy in America he concedes that individualism is not mere selfishness (égoïsme), but is, rather, “a mature and calm feeling, which disposes each member of the community to sever himself from the mass of his [...]

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