Daniel Ritchie has taught English literature at Bethel University (MN) since 1985 with a specialty in the 18th century. In 2002, he helped found Bethel's "Humanities Program," a four-course great books/great works of art sequence in the Western tradition.
The rivalry we’re experiencing goes deeper than symptoms, political principles, and even the need for responsive, wise leaders. Indeed, it may bypass principles and wisdom altogether. But to explain it, I need the help of anthropologist and literary critic René Girard.
Daniel Ritchie explores how the #MeToo movement affects our reading of Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock. In turn, this comedy with a sad ending offers us a sense of balance for today's sexual politics.