Like many epigrams, “Bread and Circuses” has become a sort of self-contained utterance; everyone seems to know what it means in the context of politics and social life. It serves as punctuation in some of our more cynical conversations and is a can’t-miss headline in the news. However, as Truman State University’s The Wide Net launches its second issue, we seek articles, reviews, poems and short fiction that reexamine the phrase, unpack it, and cast it in a new light.

The Wide Net is the first journal of its kind on a national level. Aside from providing a forum for Master’s level students in English and related fields, the goal of The Wide Net is to demonstrate how academic topics have utility outside of the ivory tower. The reexamination of “Bread and Circuses” focuses on the intersection of politics, culture and literature and the accompanying texts.

The essays we seek to publish take into account the original political meaning of the phrase, but also the two separate parts. How do we in English and cultural studies understand both food and performances and how they relate to our disciplines? The poems and short fiction in this issue impose on our theme in new and interesting ways. Finally, the reviews we seek to publish will help us as Master’s students identify the most influential scholars and writers who deal in “Bread and Circuses.”

As is the mission of The Wide Net, issue 1.2 demonstrates how understanding and making sense of what has been taken as a given in our culture often occurs simultaneously with getting our hands dirty and changing it. Please view our Call for Papers for issue 1.2 on “Bread and Circuses” and consider submitting by Monday, September 17.



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