About Stephen Greeley

Stephen Greeley is Lecturer in English Literature and Composition at the College of Staten Island at the City University of New York, where he has been teaching for more than twenty years. He also teaches for St. John’s University, Staten Island Campus.

Beauty & Utility in Hawthorne’s “The Artist of the Beautiful”

By |2020-06-25T17:05:24-05:00June 26th, 2020|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Fiction, Literature|

Our modern lives need beauty, because, in the machine-like pace of modern life and the machine-like culture, there is not much beauty to be found. Nathaniel Hawthorne pointedly illustrates in “The Artist of the Beautiful” the cost of valuing the practical over the Beautiful. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Artist of the Beautiful,” the [...]

Testing Technology’s Conservatism

By |2015-09-28T09:56:16-05:00September 12th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Morality, Technology, Tradition|

Ask yourself an odd question: “How conservative is my refrigerator?” Or, ask this of your car, your television, your tablet. Ask this of any number of things around the house. At first pass, this might sound unusual, if not ridiculous, because we generally don’t think of things as having behaviors or expressing particular ideas or [...]

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