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Merve Emre

Merve Emre is Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing and Criticism at Wesleyan University and a contributing writer at The New Yorker. Her latest book is The Personality Brokers.


The Myers-Briggs Bias: An Interview with Merve Emre
Merve Emre, Deborah Chasman

Bad readers were not born; they were created. To know them is to understand literature and politics in postwar America.

Merve Emre

The personal essay is not dead, but has it traded politics for style?

Merve Emre

In Amanda Knox's new book, teen chick lit gives way to an insightful memoir from behind the prison walls.

Merve Emre


Feminism needs better reproductive strategies.

Merve Emre

Forum Responses

A positive right to reproduce.
Merve Emre

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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