Blogs tagged "Literature"

Getting Ready to Teach “Twelve Years a Slave” and the Slave Narrative Tradition

For anyone who thinks that they know slavery—you read that book and you do a double take. It was just stunning to me that I'd never known about it. In fact, the majority of the people who I spoke to about the story had no idea about it. I was like, How did I not know about this book?— Interview with filmmaker Steve McQueenRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

A Valentine from Emily Dickinson: A Poet for all Seasons

Detail Victorian Valentine. Brooklyn Museum
Winter is good — his Hoar DelightsItalic flavor yieldTo Intellects inebriateWith Summer, or the World —Generic as a QuarryAnd hearty — as a Rose —Invited with AsperityBut welcome when he goes.- Emily Dickinson (1316)Read More »

Winter Solstice Customs ~ the victory of light over darkness!

“As the Spirits of Darkness be stronger in the dark, so Good Spirits, which be Angels of Light, are augmented not only by the Divine light of the Sun, but also by our common Wood Fire: and as the Celestial Fire drives away dark spirits, so also this our Fire of Wood doth the same.” —Cor. Agrippa, Occult Philosophy, Book I.ch. v. Read More »

Seminars on close reading from the National Humanities Center

People familiar with the National Humanities Center probably know it chiefly as an institute of advanced study, and, indeed, since 1978 its fellowship program has supported the work of over 1,400 scholars from this country and abroad. But for twenty-nine of its thirty-five years it has also sponsored education programs for high school teachers.Read More »

The National Humanities Center’s Online Seminars and Common Core State Standards

Richard R. Schramm is vice president for Education Programs at the National Humanities Center, where he has held executive positions since 1984. Before going to the Center, he taught American literature at UNC at Chapel Hill and served as a coordinator for the Program in the Humanities there. He has been a consultant to U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History projects throughout the country and has served as a reviewer for several National Endowment for the Humanities projects.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings