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Review Of 'Love, Wages, And Slavery: The Literature Of Servitude In The United States,' By Barbara Ryan, Carolyn R. Maibor Dec 2006

Review Of 'Love, Wages, And Slavery: The Literature Of Servitude In The United States,' By Barbara Ryan, Carolyn R. Maibor

English Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Is Teaching Always Local, Education Global?, Peter Schmidt Dec 2006

Is Teaching Always Local, Education Global?, Peter Schmidt

English Literature Faculty Works

No abstract provided.


A Spectre Is Haunting Samuel Clemens: A Marxist Critique Of Wealth As Resolution In Mark Twain's Novels, Jeff Carr Dec 2006

A Spectre Is Haunting Samuel Clemens: A Marxist Critique Of Wealth As Resolution In Mark Twain's Novels, Jeff Carr

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The distribution of wealth occurs frequently in Mark Twain's novels, especially at the resolution. Indeed, Twain uses wealth as resolution in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Pudd'nhead Wilson. The repeated use of this formula in the author's approach to novel writing indicates the tremendous influence that capitalism had in shaping his worldview. In his early works, Twain appears to endorse capitalism in his use of wealth as resolution. Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and Huckleberry Finn each conclude with the distribution of capital as ...


Courtship, Loe, And Marriage In Othello: Shakespeare's Mockery Of Courtly Love, Leigh Copas Dec 2006

Courtship, Loe, And Marriage In Othello: Shakespeare's Mockery Of Courtly Love, Leigh Copas

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Othello is the forgery of a comedic play turned tragedy, for the play begins where the ordinary comedy would end. While many critics prefer to discuss the racial and exotic aspects of William Shakespeare's tragedy, there are several critics who focus on the role of love and the marital relationships that are also important in terms of interpreting the actions of key characters. Carol Thomas Neely, Maurice Charney, and several other literary critics have focused primarily on the role of marriage and love in Othello. The topic of marriage is generally discussed in terms of the wooing scene (Act ...


Bias And The Teachable Moment: Revisiting A Teacher Narrative, Darren Crovitz Dec 2006

Bias And The Teachable Moment: Revisiting A Teacher Narrative, Darren Crovitz

Faculty Publications

Such responsibility may be vital for English teachers, especially, as we strive to establish communities of writers and spaces for critical thinking and conversation. When I sat down to write about this experience, I saw it as an opportunity to discuss a taboo situation and its positive aftermath, with the aim of demonstrating how it might be possible to use such events as points of departure in creating engaging writing assignments.


Review Of Troubling Minds: The Cultural Politics Of Genius In The United States, 1840-1890 By Gustavus Stadler, Melissa J. Homestead Dec 2006

Review Of Troubling Minds: The Cultural Politics Of Genius In The United States, 1840-1890 By Gustavus Stadler, Melissa J. Homestead

Faculty Publications -- Department of English

Though the title suggests it is, this book is not a cultural history of genius in the 19th-century US. Working in a high cultural-studies mode, Stadler (Haverford College) addresses questions like those addressed in a special issue of American Literature, "Aesthetics and the End(s) of Cultural Studies" (ed. by Christopher Castiglia and Russ Castronovo, v. 76, no. 3, September 2004). He uses an oddly assorted group of figures to map out a grand narrative of how the genius works to accommodate ordinary individuals to "the troubling, potentially shattering phenomena associated with modernity." In the first three chapters Stadler focuses ...


Japanese North Americans, War, And Communal Healing Through Literature: Internment Memory As An Ascent In Meaning And Beauty, Chikako D. Kumamoto Nov 2006

Japanese North Americans, War, And Communal Healing Through Literature: Internment Memory As An Ascent In Meaning And Beauty, Chikako D. Kumamoto

English Scholarship

To define ourselves as Americans, we often like to invoke the still-potent idea, inherited from the Puritans, of a "city upon a hill." Steeped in a mythic discourse on our earliest conception of America as an elect nation, this phrase envisions the community at large as "the pilot society for the world" engaged in a noble experiment of innocence, consensus, justice, and freedom for all, while driving to achieve myriad forms of greatness. But when this community at large is found fallen from the ideal conception of itself and conducts itself contrarily to its communal responsibilities towards its smaller communities ...


What Archives Reveal: The Hidden Poems Of Amelia Earhart, Sammie L. Morris Nov 2006

What Archives Reveal: The Hidden Poems Of Amelia Earhart, Sammie L. Morris

Libraries Research Publications

The importance of primary source materials to scholarship is undeniable. Primary source materials can verify or contradict information accepted as true in history books and other secondary sources. They can tell the whole, or at least more complete, story of events. Unlike secondary sources, primary source materials offer first-hand accounts from the past, bringing history closer and making it feel more real. It can even be argued that primary source materials are less susceptible to the loss or misinterpretation of information over time in subsequent edition revisions. In particular among primary source materials, manuscripts such as diaries and letters offer ...


"Don't You Mean 'Slaves,' Not 'Servants'?": Literary And Institutional Texts For An Interdisciplinary Classroom, Susanna Ashton Nov 2006

"Don't You Mean 'Slaves,' Not 'Servants'?": Literary And Institutional Texts For An Interdisciplinary Classroom, Susanna Ashton

Publications

Editor's Note: This article begins a semiregular feature in which contributors analyze "texts" that figure in the daily lives of college English teachers: e.g., syllabi, course descriptions, administrative decrees, departmental bylaws, college Web sites. Your proposals are invited. Here, Susanna Ashton describes how undergraduates in her class on representations of slavery studied the words, sounds, and images they encountered at a historical site on her campus: the former slave plantation of leading antebellum racist John C. Calhoun. She also analyzes how her school depicts this site on the


The Transforming Power Of Grace, Eamon Maher Nov 2006

The Transforming Power Of Grace, Eamon Maher

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Towards A Bibliography Of Critical Whiteness Studies, Tim Engles Nov 2006

Towards A Bibliography Of Critical Whiteness Studies, Tim Engles

Faculty Research & Creative Activity

As the title implies, this book offers a multi-disciplinary overview of the explosion of work in scholarly critical whiteness studies. The contributing bibliographers acknowledge that this work follows and builds upon a great deal of whiteness critique previously provided by African American writers, and by those writing from other racialized positions. Each section provides a solid introduction to key concepts and practices regarding whiteness in a particular field, including: philosophy, history, literature, cinema, the visual arts, psychology, education, media studies, qualitative inquiry, personal narratives, and international and comparative approaches.


Objectifying Anxieties: Scientific Ideologies In Bram Stoker’S Dracula And The Lair Of The White Worm, Diane Hoeveler Nov 2006

Objectifying Anxieties: Scientific Ideologies In Bram Stoker’S Dracula And The Lair Of The White Worm, Diane Hoeveler

English Faculty Research and Publications

Scientific ideologies swirl throughout Stoker’s two most gothic novels, Dracula (1897) and The Lair of the White Worm (1911), and this essay will address those ideologies as literary manifestations of just some of the “weird science” that was permeating late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Europe. Specifically, the essay examines racial theories, physiognomy, criminology, brain science, and sexology as they appear in Stoker’s two novels. Stoker owned a copy Johann Caspar Lavater’s five-volume edition of Essays on Physiognomy (1789), and declared himself to be a “believer of the science” of physiognomy. The second major “weird science” infecting the gothic works ...


Arthur Hugh Clough And Florence Nightingale: A Relationship Reexamined, Patrick G. Scott Oct 2006

Arthur Hugh Clough And Florence Nightingale: A Relationship Reexamined, Patrick G. Scott

Faculty Publications

Discusses the relationship between the Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough and his cousin-by-marriage the nursing reformer Florence Nightingale, using manuscript and other evidence to counter the varicature offered by Lytton Strachey in his influential book Eminent Victorians.


Writing For The Rising Generation: British Fiction For Young People 1672–1839 By Sylvia Kasey Marks (Review), Deborah D. Rogers Oct 2006

Writing For The Rising Generation: British Fiction For Young People 1672–1839 By Sylvia Kasey Marks (Review), Deborah D. Rogers

English Faculty Scholarship

Restoration and eighteenth-century juvenile fiction has been neglected if not derided. The only children’s literature from this period that most of us are familiar with was written by a handful of authors (known primarily for their other fiction), such as Bunyan,Wollstonecraft, Edgeworth, and Sarah Fielding. Throw in Goody Two-Shoes and Mother Goose, and call it good.


Stanley Cavell And Criticizing The University From Within, Michael Fischer Oct 2006

Stanley Cavell And Criticizing The University From Within, Michael Fischer

English Faculty Research

This article discusses the views of professor Stanley Cavell on academic philosophy and corporate universality. He regards academic philosophy as the genuine present of the impulse and the history of philosophy which represents in public intellectual life. He is worried whether values and philosophy are teachable in universities and colleges. He stayed in the profession to show how to withstand moral cynicism and respond to the failures of academic institutions.


Agendas, Arguments, And Political Theory, John D. Harman, Deborah Vanderbilt Oct 2006

Agendas, Arguments, And Political Theory, John D. Harman, Deborah Vanderbilt

English Faculty/Staff Publications

No abstract provided.


The Beggar's Opera And Its Criminal Law Context, Ian Gallacher Oct 2006

The Beggar's Opera And Its Criminal Law Context, Ian Gallacher

College of Law Faculty - Scholarship

This chapter seeks to take the characters and situations of Gay's The Beggar's Opera and consider how closely the play's portrayal matches the historical record. Although the view offered by the play is a restricted one, the chapter concludes that the picture it offers is as close to historical reality as any other document from the period.


Achieving Balance In Graduate Programs: Negotiating Best Practices, Dawn Latta Kirby Oct 2006

Achieving Balance In Graduate Programs: Negotiating Best Practices, Dawn Latta Kirby

Faculty Publications

The narrative introduction to the graduate catalogue at the state university where I work probably reads pretty much like the one at your college or university. The program of study for the masters degree specifies that inservice graduate students are to engage in an extensive study of content- related literature, theory, and research. Despite the rhetoric of graduate catalogs, teachers who enter graduate school programs begin their advanced studies, expecting- and sometimes vociferously demanding- coursework that will provide them with a practical framework for teaching English language arts in secondary schools. Their interest in studying theory and research is often ...


Conception: A Personal History, Kathryn Rhett Oct 2006

Conception: A Personal History, Kathryn Rhett

English Faculty Publications

November 19 is Remembrance Day in Gettysburg, the day that Lincoln dedicated part of the battlefield as a cemetery for the Civil War dead in 1863. That year in July the dead lay on the battlefield, on the farmers’ fields planted with crops and in the summer-green woods where they had taken positions behind boulders and tree trunks. Some lay covered with dirt, and others just lay bare to the weather. When land for a cemetery was set aside, the townspeople moved the dead to proper graves.

As a citizen of Gettysburg more than a century later, I carry no ...


Memoirs Of A Bathroom Stall: The Women’S Lavatory As Crying Room, Confessional, And Sanctuary, Melissa A. Ames Oct 2006

Memoirs Of A Bathroom Stall: The Women’S Lavatory As Crying Room, Confessional, And Sanctuary, Melissa A. Ames

Faculty Research & Creative Activity

No abstract provided.


The Ever-Fixed Mark: Ordering Same Sex Passion In Shakespeare’S Sonnets, Chris Shirley Oct 2006

The Ever-Fixed Mark: Ordering Same Sex Passion In Shakespeare’S Sonnets, Chris Shirley

All-College Writing Contest

No abstract provided.


Conformist Subversion: The Ambivalent Agency In Revelations Of A Lady Detective, Dagni A. Bredesen Oct 2006

Conformist Subversion: The Ambivalent Agency In Revelations Of A Lady Detective, Dagni A. Bredesen

Faculty Research & Creative Activity

No abstract provided.


W.E.B. Du Bois's Unamerican End, Jodi Melamed Oct 2006

W.E.B. Du Bois's Unamerican End, Jodi Melamed

English Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Review [Of Writing Across Borders], Beth Godbee, Kate Vieira Oct 2006

Review [Of Writing Across Borders], Beth Godbee, Kate Vieira

English Faculty Research and Publications

No abstract provided.


Good To Great, Scott Moncrieff Oct 2006

Good To Great, Scott Moncrieff

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


'No Christians Thirst For Gold!': Religion And Colonialism In Pope, Katherine Quinsey Oct 2006

'No Christians Thirst For Gold!': Religion And Colonialism In Pope, Katherine Quinsey

English Publications

No abstract provided.


Approaches To Teaching The Brontës One More Time, Diane Hoeveler Oct 2006

Approaches To Teaching The Brontës One More Time, Diane Hoeveler

English Faculty Research and Publications

Instructors of courses on the Brontë family now have another large encyclopedic resource to use in their teaching of the lives and works of the family. Like Heather Glen’s recently published Cambridge Companion to the Brontës (2002), this companion surveys the lives and writings of all of the family, including the father, Patrick, and brother, Branwell, while also covering some of the minute details in the works of the three sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. The question that I will address here is not which companion to use but how to use this particular resource. Of what use to ...


Futurist Fiction & Fantasy: The Racial Establishment, Gregory E. Rutledge Sep 2006

Futurist Fiction & Fantasy: The Racial Establishment, Gregory E. Rutledge

Faculty Publications -- Department of English

Futurist fiction and fantasy encompasses a variety of subgenres: hard science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, sword-and-sorcerer fantasy, and cyberpunk. Unfortunately, even though nearly a century has expired since the advent of futurist fiction and fantasy, Richard Pryor’s observation and a call for action is still viable. Despite the growing number of Black futurist fiction and fantasy writers, the proportion of Black futurist fiction and fantasy authors to White futurist fiction and fantasy authors is dismal. This disproportion means that Black futurist fiction and fantasy authors have a limited presence in the industry. Thus, although Black futurist fiction and fantasy ...


An Unpublished Letter Of Lord Byron To Lady Caroline Lamb, Paul Douglass Sep 2006

An Unpublished Letter Of Lord Byron To Lady Caroline Lamb, Paul Douglass

Faculty Publications

Lord Byron took a highly ambivalent attitude toward female authorship, and yet his poetry, letters, and journals exhibit many proofs of the power of women's language and perceptions. He responded to, borrowed from, and adapted parts of the works of Maria Edgeworth, Harriet Lee, Madame de Stael, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth lnchbald, Hannah Cowley, Joanna Baillie, Lady Caroline Lamb, Mary Robmson, and Charlotte Dacre. The influence of women writers on his career may also be seen in the development of the female (and male) characters in his narrative poetry and drama. This essay focuses on the influence upon Byron of ...


Synthetic Review Of Moving Beyond Academic Discourse: Composition Studies And The Public Sphere By Christian R. Weisser And Tactics Of Hope: The Public Turn In English Composition By Paula Mathieu., Tim Taylor Sep 2006

Synthetic Review Of Moving Beyond Academic Discourse: Composition Studies And The Public Sphere By Christian R. Weisser And Tactics Of Hope: The Public Turn In English Composition By Paula Mathieu., Tim Taylor

Faculty Research & Creative Activity

No abstract provided.