“The false equivalence of ‘false equivalence.'” ericweiskott.com 7 May 2017. Against political discourse in the comparative mode.
“History in the Future Tense.” The Account 1 May 2017. On the forgotten art of political prophecy, medieval and modern.
“Petitions and the Power of Poetry/Students Should Be Taught New Kinds of Poetry.” Inside Higher Ed 14 April 2017. On the teaching of poetry and decolonizing the curriculum.
“Feeling ‘British’.” The Public Medievalist 28 March 2017. On Britishness as a racial category in medieval Britain.
“Political fictions.” ericweiskott.com 6 March 2017. On Trump’s executive orders on immigration and the traps of nationalism, viewed in the context of medieval British literature.
“There’s Nothing Medieval about Trump.” How Did We Get Into This Mess? 23 February 2017. Contextualizing the idea that the Trump administration is taking us back to the Middle Ages.
“Poor people, in the abstract.” Times Literary Supplement 19 January 2017. Comparing attitudes toward poverty in Piers Plowman and twenty-first-century American political discourse.
“Success in academia involves a lot of failure.” ericweiskott.com 17 January 2017. On professional failure.
“Before ‘Fake News’ Came False Prophecy.” The Atlantic 27 December 2016. Comparing medieval British and twenty-first-century American political discourse. The essay has been included in two undergraduate syllabi: Calling Bullshit (proposed) and Introduction to Digital Communication and Culture (CUNY–Baruch).
“The dangers of echo chambers in newsrooms.” ericweiskott.com 12 December 2016. Responding to a New York Times op-ed about liberal bubbles on college campuses.