Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, March/April

Amid Rubble and Myth
EXCAVATING BENEATH FLORENCE'S CATHEDRAL Clues from a Latin biography, a dozen Roman palace walls, and a nonexistent saint have solved one of the older riddles in European scholarshipthe origins of the church that once stood beneath Florence's cathedral....
Around the Nation
Arizona The 1999 Arizona Book Festival, held April 10 at the Margaret Hance Park in Phoenix, includes readings, author signings, book discussions, workshops, and presentations for adults and children. The festival, now in its second year, features writers...
At Home in Wisconsin
Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne became stars of New York's stages but returned each summer to Wisconsin and a place they called Ten Chimneys. In the 1930s, their private life became part of a publicity campaign that idealized the domestic bliss of this...
Caroline Walker Bynum
In the introduction to her book, Fragmentation and Redemption, medievalist Caroline Walker Bynum writes: "I argue. . . that the writing of history must come to terms gracefully with the incomplete, that it must be a conversation open to new voices, that...
Chivalry Revisited: In Print and Online
Voices from the High Middle Ages are being rescued from long neglected manuscripts through the Middle English Texts Series project. Until now, the study of the vernacular literature of romance, poetry, and protest in English from 1000 to 1550 has focused...
Excerpts from the Writings of Caroline Walker Bynum
Body and Soul Of the so-called world religions, only those that emerged in the Middle East or in the Mediterranean basin-rabbinic Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism-teach the resurrection of the body. And, of these, Christianity has defended...
From the Medieval to the Modern: A Conversation with Caroline Walker Bynum
The chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William R. Ferris, spoke recently with medievalist Caroline Walker Bynum about the legacy of the Middle Ages to the modern world. Bynum, who has been chosen as the 1999 Jefferson Lecturer in...
Historian of the Ambiguous Core
IN THE AUTUMN OF 1977, I ATTENDED A LECTURE SERIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON WHERE EACH WEEK A DIFFERENT MEMBER OF THE FACULTY ADDRESSED THE THEME OF "MEDIEVAL TRADITIONS." THE PRESENTATIONS WERE INTERESTING, BUT LITTLE MORE, AND I BEGAN TO CONSIDER...
The Electronic Beowulf
The same technology that helps uncover clogged arteries also helps unlock literary mysteries. About a dozen years ago, Kevin Kiernan, a professor of English literature at the University of Kentucky, found himself deep in conversation with a cardiac specialist...
Women of Power
In the Symphony of the World: A Portrait of Hildegard of Bingen is a new documentary that brings the life and ideas of this eleventh-century nun to a modern audience. Hildegard defied the gender roles of her time and became a leader in intellectual pursuits....

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