Postings by Shelley NiTuama

“The Italian Americans” Premiers!

talian American children warming their hands outside a New York fruit store
"Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful." —Francis Ford CoppolaTrace the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today with a new two-part, four-hour NEH-funded documentary series about the Italian experience in America.Read More »

“Shakespeare Uncovered” Returns!

Kim Cattrall at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Photo credit: Andrea Southam
Shakespeare’s plays still speak to us, they have resonance—hundreds of plays written since then don’t. And “Shakespeare Uncovered” opens up to this huge American audience—this gold dust—and shows them [that] television doesn’t end with Downton Abbey. If you think that’s good … see what real writing, real authors, and real characters are about.—Jeremy IronsRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

Dostoevsky for the Classroom

[I]t was not a slip of the tongue for Dostoyevsky to say that “Beauty will save the world,” but a prophecy. After all, he was given the gift of seeing much, he was extraordinarily illumined.―Alexander Solzhenitsyn Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens: A Seasonal Classic

The world's first commercially produced Christmas card, made by Henry Cole 1843.
In October 1843, Charles Dickens began writing one of his most popular and best-loved books, A Christmas Carol. Six weeks later it was finished and readied for publication that December. It won instant popularity with the reading public and continues to be a staple of holiday productions with adaptions for theatre, film, television, radio, and opera performed annually.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

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