What We’re Reading: Week of May 29th

Here are a few interesting articles and pieces we found around the web this week. If you come across something that other intellectual historians might enjoy, please let us know in the comments section.

 

Emily:

CFP! Past and Present: Narratives of Progress and Decline in Nineteenth-Century Britain (19 March 2018, Christ Church, Oxford)

Eleanor Parker, “Ascension Day and the Death of Bede” and “‘Highest of All Kings’” (Clerk of Oxford)

Linda Colley, “What Gets Called ‘Civil War’?” (NYRB)

Cath Feely, “Securing an academic career: past and present” (University History)

Renata Colwell, “Dance! Dance! Dance! Youth Culture and Courtship at Queen’s University, 1910-1930” (Notches)

Bruce Headlam, “US Veterans Use Greek Tragedy to Tell Us About War” (NYT)

And these are my last links, after 3.5 years of co-editing JHIBlog. Thank you to all our readers and my wonderful colleagues for everything!

 

Sarah:

David Armitage, “The Atlantic Ocean,” (Harvard Scholar Files)

Loren Balhorn interviewed by Selim Nadi, “Die Linke’s Identity Crisis,” (Jacobin)

Dan Dixon, “‘Just a Person’: Race and the Australian literati,” (overland)

Elaine Mokhtefi, “Panthers in Algiers,” (LRB)

Brent Staples, “How the Swastika Became a Confederate Flag,” (NYTimes)

 

Cynthia:

Derek Walcott, “5 Poems from Morning, Paramin (Specimen)

Matthew Sperling, “When Derek Walcott Met Peter Doig” (Apollo)

(Derek Walcott’s Morning, Paramin offers poetry as both lyric address and art criticism. Though some will think of Mark Strand, who also tackled the task of exegesis and criticism in his poetry, in many ways Walcott’s poems evoke the Renaissance tradition. Think of Titian and Aretino-poetry as the instantiation of creative friendship.)

Thomas S. Hines, “Rite of Spring: Frank Gehry and the Walt Disney Concert Hall” (The Iris)

Mimi Zeiger,Flyover Utopia: On Keith Krumwiede’s “Atlas of Another America” (LARB)

(I am a California girl and my upbringing has made me uncomfortably familiar with the architecture of suburbia — tract homes, gated communities, McMansions. Krumwiede draws upon these forms to create his incredibly strange utopian vision. Zeiger describes it as an “agrarian-minded ‘Twenty-first century settlement scheme for the American Nation.’” I couldn’t resist pairing Zeiger’s review of Krumwiede’s “Freedomland” with architectural historian Tom Hines’s account of Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall came to be. Money, boosterism, and real estate–all contained under the rubric of culture. A classic LA story if there ever was one. But also a classic American one, where land and space are made to speak for the civic values–and virtues–that contain us all.)

 

Disha:

Daniel McDermon, “An Artist and Her Beautiful Boy” (The New York Times)

Claire Colebrook, “End Times for Humanity” (Aeon)

Demi Adejuyigbe, “The Four Horsemen of the Internet” (The New Yorker)

Michael Ralph, “The Price of Life: From Slavery to Corporate Life Insurance” (Dissent)

Decca Aitkenhead, “Fiction takes its time: Arundhati Roy on why it took her 20 years to write her second novel” (The Guardian)

 

Spence:

Sunaura Taylor, “On Ableism and Animals” (The New Inquiry)

Tobi Haslett, “The Feuds of Diana Trilling,” (New Yorker)

John Merriman, “‘And My Frigidaire is Here!’: Gender and Family Life in Postwar France” (LARB)

Tony Wood, “Labor Days” (Cabinet)

 

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