This issue is devoted to a long article on three timebending emotions: revenge, justice and forgiveness. The point is to show that all three are anachronistic even if they are historically significant in that the feelings encapsulate the ages of primitive life, Israelite life, and Christian life.The three emotions are anachronistic because they are no more than ways to express satisfaction at people being made to suffer. I am grateful to David Konstan for advancing my interest in this topic especially as it has to do with the matter of forgiveness.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.