Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 4, July/August

A Fanciful Nature
I have never cared tuppence for popularity or for the modern child," declared Beatrix Potter to her publisher. But she did care deeply about her art and her business. Portter's notebooks, letters, and illustrations, now being preserved and cataloged...
All about Books
For a decade scholars have wondered aloud about whether the electronic age would mean the end of books. Would a reader's attention span dwindle to the size of a computer screen? Would a flick of a button make the publishing business obsolete? Information...
Around the Nation
ALABAMA Three of five summer teacher institutes in Alabama focus on the American South: "Artists and the Myth of Place: It Is My Own Native Land" is July 12 through 18 at Spring Hill College in Mobile; "Alabama and New England: An Historical and Literary...
Awash in Books
Although the fact that Charlottesville hosts the Virginia Festival of the Book was an inducement to my moving here in late 1995, this year was the first time I was able to go. Feeling like a kid in a candy shop, I wallowed through the 176 listings in...
How a Tradition Begins
Every fall, Music City U.S.A. transforms itself into Literary City U.S.A. as the Southern Festival of Books takes over Nashville's War Memorial Plaza. Book junkies and literary aficionados-thirty thousand of them last year-converge on readings, panel...
"I Heard the Voices.Of My Louisiana People": A Conversation with Ernest Gaines
MEETING ERNEST GAINES Alice Walker introduced me to the work of Ernest Gaines in 1971. At that time I was teaching at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, where Alice also lived. Alice had sent Gaines her manuscript of The Third Life of...
Mali's Boy-King
A Thirteenth-Century African Epic Goes Digital THE STORY BEGINS WITH A HUNTER VISITING THE COURT OF MALI. HE TELLS THE KING OF MALI HIS FUTURE: IF THE KING TAKES AS HIS SECOND WIFE AN UGLY WOMAN WHO WILL ARRIVE AT THE COURT IN THE COMPANY OF TWO HUNTERS,...
Threads of the Imagination
Kente Cloth's Influence on the World KENTE, THE TRADITIONAL fabric of Ghana's Asante people has evolved into a symbol of many meaningspolitical and cultural, African and American, honorary and everyday. "Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American...
Visions of Peace
You won't find antiwar protest images such as chanting people with raised fists in the Peace Art Show held in New Mexico this summer. Joe Traugott, curator of the Jonson Gallery of the University of New Mexico, says that audiences often mistakenly "equate...
Writers of the South
"Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" CREATIVE INSPIRATION often arises from tumult and from complicated history, but dramatic events do not by themselves explain why writers blossom. What is it about the South that made it an incubator for dozens...
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