Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, March/April

A Poet's Inner Eye
IN THE SUMMER OF 2000, I SPENT several days in the Vassar Library Special Collections reading Elizabeth Bishop's Key West notebooks. I started with an idea to verify that the poem "The Fish" was based on the jewfish pictured on a postcard she sent to...
Around the Nation
A ROUNDUP OF ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY THE STATE HUMANITIES COUNCILSARIZONAOn March 1, the Cochise Community College in Nogales presents Fences/ 'Ambos Nogales, a documentary film focusing on lives of local citizens living in Nogales, a town on the United...
British Modernism's Many Manners . . . and Its American Admirers
Scene: Bloomsbury, London, on or about December 1910Dramatis Personae: PAINTERS, DESIGNERS, NOVELISTS, PHILOSOPHERS, ART CRITICS, PUBLISHERS, ARTISANS, HOAXERS, a POET-SOLDIER, an ECONOMIST, an EMINENT BIOGRAPHER, and SUNDRY Yankee folk of independent...
Curio
RECLUSE AT COURTFrom a chapter on art in the Yuan Dynasty, written by James Cahill in the NEH-supported 1997 reference work Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting (Yale University Press). Cahill addressed the tricky ethical position of the governmentemployed...
Impertinent Questions with Philip Nel
Philip Nel has made a career of showing that complexities abound within the pages of children's books. A professor of English at Kansas State University and director of the graduate program in children's literature, Nel used a NEH Summer Stipend to write...
In Focus: Oklahoma's Ann Thompson
YEARS AGO, ANN THOMPSON LIVED IN Springfield, Illinois, across the street from the house where Abraham Lincoln once lived. "I was always looking to see if he was walking at midnight," Thompson said with a smile, recalling Vachel Lindsay's poem. "He lingers...
Outside the Frame
How Asia changed the course of American Art(ProQuest: ... denotes text missing in the original.)ON JULY 8, l853,FOURBLACKWARSHIPS under a cloud of smoke entered the waters around Edo, now known as Tokyo, the center of power in feudal japan. The American...
Renaissance Scholar at Work
IN JANUARY, BRUCE COLE RESIGNED THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF NEH, BEFORE LEAVING, HE SAT FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH HUMANITIES MAGAZINE.A CONVERSATION WITH BRUCE COLEHUMANITIES: Lets start with a follow-up question from our last interview with you. Do you still ride...
Sweet Home Alabama
IN 1966, ALABAMA NATIVE AND HOSPITAL orderly Percy Sledge recorded "When a Man Loves a Woman" at Norala Sound Studios in the sleepy backwater town of Sheffield near Muscle Shoals. The song became an international hit, topping both the pop and R&B...
Tall Tales
"Console them with storiesThose sweet thieves of wretched make-believe." - EuripidesWHAT HAPPENS WHEN A GROUP OF STORYTELLERS come together? Often, they try to top each other in tall tales, as in Chaucer's recounting of a ragtag mix of pilgrims on their...
THE BOYS in Green
AS IT WAS SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, THE MONONGAHELA National Forest would be unrecognizable to a visitor today. Today, there are lush green forests of pine, spruce, cherry, and poplar spreading up and down these mountains of West Virginia. But before the...
The Voracious Pen of Thomas Carlyle
WHEN THOMAS CARLYLE SAT DOWN IN 1834 to write The French Revolution: A History, he wanted to do more than chronicle the mere procession of events. He wanted readers to smell the fear in the streets during the Terror, to taste the decadence of the Bourbon...
Thieves of Pleasure
BEFORE SPAIN WAS SPAIN, THE IBERIAN PENINSULA was ruled over by a Muslim caliphate, a state of affairs that in the eleventh century gave way to a number of petty kingdoms that functioned like independent city-states. Muslims, Jews, and Christians, for...