Postings by Shelley NiTuama

Notes from NCTE 2014: Stories as Landscapes of Knowing

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, "Apollo Pursuing Daphne" c. 1755/1760
This past weekend seven thousand English teachers, professors, and scholars from across the country converged on National Harbor in Washington, D.C., to explore the many dimensions of story as the landscape of knowing—story as literary and informational text; story as cross-disciplinary collaborations; story as multiple literacies and genres; story as memory and identity; story as teacher knowledge and research; story as community and culture, story as marginalization; and story as resistance. Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

The Headless Horseman rides again!

The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane
"What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night!”Read More »

Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”: Witch Hunting for the Classroom

"The witch no. 1" lithograph, By Baker, Joseph E., ca. 1837-1914
It would probably never have occurred to me to write a play about the Salem witch trials of 1692 had I not seen some astonishing correspondences with that calamity in the America of the late 40s and early 50s. My basic need was to respond to a phenomenon which, with only small exaggeration, one could say paralyzed a whole generation and in a short time dried up the habits of trust and toleration in public discourse. —Arthur MillerRead More »
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“One Hundred Years of Solitude”

The African Palm Tree Forest
Thus they went on living in a reality that was slipping away, momentarily captured by words, but which would escape irremediably when they forgot the values of the written letters. ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of SolitudeRead More »
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Journey into Chinese Folktales to Discover Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Moon over cumulus clouds. Photo, Fir0002, courtesy Wikimedia Commons
The roundest moon can be seen in the autumn. It is time for reunions. I wish you a happy Mid-Autumn Day and a wonderful life. —Chinese greeting for mid-autumn Moon FestivalThe moon figures large in the folklore of China. Legend has it that a jade rabbit lives on the moon and spends its time manufacturing elixirs of immortality while serving as a companion to Chang’e, the Moon goddess. The moon is so important in the Chinese cultural tradition that it even rates its own annual festival!Read More »
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