1 April 2005 - Friday

History Carnival V

The fifth history carnival is up at ClioWeb. Since I've been thinking about literature quite a bit lately, here are some entries that relate to the proper care and feeding of texts:

The Little Professor reflects on the relationship between literary criticism and historical context (specifically, where nineteenth-century anti-Catholic literature is concerned). >>

Caleb McDaniel adds that it can be especially difficult for teachers to get students to approach texts simultaneously as rhetoric and as reportage. >>

Nathanael D. Robinson explains why he likes using Tacitus' The Germania in class. >>

Sepoy describes searching through some rather some rather fanciful medieval European depictions of Islam in an attempt to track down the origins of the word termagant (i.e., shrew). >>

Eb notes that a text can be a source for all sorts of clues about the context within which it was created; in this case, an advertisement for Uncle Tom's Cabin raises questions about the number of German-speakers in America in the nineteenth century. >>

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