modernism

When the Web Works

While I am, in theory, a big proponent of the digital humanities, I'm also frequently underwhelmed by projects sold under that label. That's why I was excited recently to find a low-key, creative, straightforward example of how the internet can contribute substantively to humanities scholarship.

The Global Impact of Latin American Literature

Paula Moya is a scholar of 20th and 21st century American literatures, Chicana/o cultural studies, feminist theory, and comparative studies in race and ethnicity at Stanford University. In this brief talk, she explores some of the contradictory patterns of authority and authenticity occasioned by the cross-cultural production and reception of Latin American literature.

I Long Dared Not Speak

I've returned from Poland.  It will take me a while to process the amazing things I've seen, from the Baltic to the Black Madonna of Czestochowa.  For now, I thought I'd just rave a little bit more about Anna Akhmatova.

Hello Goodbye Hello

Here at the University of Washington, our over-long academic year is finally ending, and I am eager to be gone.  Quick as I can, I'll be at a spa near Poznań in Poland, first stop on a East European vacation.  I thought I'd post a poem about departures:  Anna Akhmatova's "Pesnia poslednei vstrechi" (Song of the Last Meeting).