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African perspectives : pre-colonial history, anthropology, and ethnomusicology / Regine Allgayer-Kaufmann, Michael Weber (eds.)

Author:
Allgayer-Kaufmann, Regine
Weber, Michael 1960-
Kubik, Gerhard 1934-
Physical description:
370 p. : ill. (1 col.), music ; 23 cm. + 1 DVD-ROM (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Congresses
Place:
Africa
Date:
2008
Notes:
Essays from a symposium in honor of Gerhard Kubik, held in December 2004 at the University of Vienna.
Accompanying DVD-ROM contains photographs, videorecordings, and audio recordings to illustrate the essays.
Contents:
Akaning'a and his travels / Moya Aliya Malamusi (Chileka) -- Smallpox in history : a contribution to pre-colonial history in Africa / Donald Hopkins (Chicago) -- Music, body, movement : an "African" perspective applied to the analysis of South Italian dances / Giorgio Adamo (Rome) -- Autobiographical note by a court musician / Albert Ssempeke (Kampala) -- Buganda's history according to oral tradition / Sarah Sekintu (Kampala) -- Zopeka ndi zochitika : fiction and non-fiction / M.M. Malamusi -- Konkha vya vanda : search for the hidden : Luchazi culture in historical perspective / Kayombo Kachinyeka (Manyinga) -- Chiyao chieftainship and initiation ceremonies : a field report from Chief Makanjila's village, Lake Malawi / Moses Yotamu (Kabompo) -- Lomwe initiation masks : description of seven examples from the collection of Dori and Pancho Guedes with an introduction / Pancho Guedes (Lisbon) -- Musical bows in South-East Africa / M.M. Malamusi -- Art in music : Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa / William Umbima (Nairobi) -- The condition of decay in contemporary West European "classical" music / Stanley Glasser (London) -- Nubian music in the northern Sudan and the southern Egypt : research and recordings from 1973 and 2003 / Artur Simon (Berlin) -- Patterns of reinterpretation in African-American music of the United States / David Evans (Memphis) -- African, autobiographical, and earlier operatic elements in Scott Joplin's Treemonisha / Theodore Albrecht (Kent) -- Inscribing history and culture in the Woi epic : migration of the Kpelle people, performance, and the Kingdom of Mali / Ruth M. Stone (Bloomington) -- Asafo and fontomfrom as indices of social sentiments among the Fante (Ghana) / Kenichi Tsukada (Hiroshima) -- Pre-colonial colonialism in Central and Southern Africa / George T. Nurse (London) -- Aspects of life among the Shawasha of pre-Rhodesian days : a selection from a manuscript by Simon Tawoneyi / George Fortune (Mynydd isa) -- African music history until the start of Independence and the history of some other world music traditions : a design for a course of study of African history, anthropology, and ethnomusicology / Mitchel Strumpf (Dar es Salaam)
Topic:
Music--History and criticism
Anthropology
Ethnomusicology
Call number:
ML350.1 .A37 2008
Data Source:
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Amelia Peabody's Egypt : a compendium / edited by Elizabeth Peters & Kristen Whitbread ; designed by Dennis Forbes ; contributions by numerous authors ; preface by Elizabeth Peters

Author:
Peters, Elizabeth 1927-
Whitbread, Kristen
Forbes, Dennis
Physical description:
334 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Egypt
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Peabody, Amelia (Fictitious character)
Detective and mystery stories, American--History and criticism
Historical fiction, American--History and criticism
Excavations (Archaeology)
Women detectives in literature
Antiquities in literature
Archaeology in literature
In literature
Data Source:
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The American historical novel, by Ernest E. Leisy

Author:
Leisy, Ernest Erwin 1887-
Physical description:
x, 280 p. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Fiction
Place:
United States
Date:
1950
Topic:
American fiction--History and criticism
Historical fiction
History
Fiction
Bibliography
Call number:
PS374.H5L4X
Data Source:
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American Indian themes in young adult literature / Paulette F. Molin

Author:
Molin, Paulette Fairbanks
Physical description:
xvii, 183 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2005
Contents:
"Wildest imaginings about Indians" : contemporary young adult fiction by non-Indian authors -- The American Indian renaissance and contemporary young adult literature -- Perils on the frontier and imaginary American Indian protagonists in young adult historical fiction -- Running the gauntlet : fictional captivity narratives in young adult literature -- Historical fiction : the controversy over My heart is on the ground -- "The best teller of stories" : American Indian-themed historical fiction for young adults -- American Indian topics in young adult nonfiction -- Nonfiction : American Indian life stories
Topic:
Young adult literature, American--History and criticism
Indians in literature
American literature--Indian authors--History and criticism
Biography--History and criticism
Young adults--Books and reading
Intellectual life
Historiography
Data Source:
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The armature of conquest : Spanish accounts of the discovery of America, 1492-1589 / Beatriz Pastor Bodmer ; translated by Lydia Longstreth Hunt

Author:
Pastor Bodmer, Beatriz
Physical description:
x, 317 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Early works to 1800
Place:
America
Date:
1992
To 1800
Notes:
Translation of: Discursos narrativos de la conquista.
Contents:
Pt. I The Discourse of Mythification: Christopher Columbus and the definition of America as booty -- Hernán Cortés and the creation of the model conqueror -- Part II. Demythification and Questioning: From failure to demythification -- The models in crisis -- Part III. A Literary Expression of the Unfolding of a New Consciousness: Alonso de Ercilla and the development of a Spanish American Consciousness
Summary:
The discovery, exploration, and conquest of the New World is here imaginatively treated as a journey from fantasy to reality, from complicity to rejection, from mythification to criticism. Focusing on certain key firsthand narratives of the Spanish conquest, the author views various journals, letters, and other documents not merely as narratives of facts and events but as literary expressions of the dynamics of the writers' experience: recording the transformation of their perceptions of New World realities and showing the gradual development of a critical consciousness that questions their sense of identity and the validity of European cultural models. The author illuminates the conceptual and aesthetic developments that mark the beginnings of a new literature in the making. Gradually, the aesthetic requirements and canons of Europe are left behind as this new literature begins to convey the new realities of colonial Spanish America that shape the complex poetics of Alonso de Ercilla's great epic poem La Araucana. The book begins with analyses of texts by Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortes, showing how the discourse of mythification fictionalizes both the New World itself and the nature and meaning of the conquest. Then, as the conquistadors' expeditions increasingly fail disillusionment engenders ideological crisis, questioning, and demythification, as exemplified in Nunez Cabeza de Vaca's Naufragios. The book concludes by synthesizing the various historical and aesthetic elements that led to the awakening in the conquistadors of a new, divided, and contradicting consciousness, whose first literary flowering was La Araucana.
Topic:
Spanish American literature--History and criticism
Literature and history
Discovery and exploration
Spanish
Historiography
In literature
History and criticism
Data Source:
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The Cambridge companion to Native American literature / edited by Joy Porter and Kenneth M. Roemer

Native American literature
Author:
Porter, Joy 1967-
Roemer, Kenneth M. 1945-
Physical description:
xviii, 343 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2005
Contents:
Introduction / Kenneth M. Roemer -- Timeline: literary, historical, and cultural conjunctions / Kenneth M. Roemer -- PART I. HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS -- Historical and cultural contexts to Native American literature / Joy Porter -- Translation and mediation / David Murray -- Women writers and gender issues / Annette Van Dyke -- PART II. GENRE CONTEXTS -- Non-fiction prose / Bernd Peyer -- Native American life writing / Hertha D. Sweet Wong -- America's indigenous poetry / Norma C. Wilson -- Pre-1968 fiction / A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff -- Fiction: 1968 to the present / James Ruppert -- American Indian theatre / Ann Haugo -- PART III. INDIVIDUAL AUTHORS -- N. Scott Momaday: becoming the bear / Chadwick Allen -- Simon Ortiz: writing home / Patricia Clark Smith -- James Welch: identity, circumstances and chance / Kathryn W. Shanley -- Leslie Marmon Silko: storyteller / Robert M. Nelson -- Gerald Vizenor: postindian liberation / Kimberly M. Blaeser -- Louise Erdrich's storied universe / Catherine Rainwater -- Joy Harjo's poetry / Laura Coltelli -- Sherman Alexie: irony, intimacy, and agency / David L. Moore
Topic:
American literature--Indian authors--History and criticism
Intellectual life
Indians in literature
Data Source:
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Chronicle of the Narváez expedition : a new translation : contexts, criticism / translated by David Frye ; edited by Ilan Stavans

Author:
Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar active 16th century
Frye, David L
Stavans, Ilan
Subject:
Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar active 16th century
Physical description:
xiv, 223 pages ; 21 cm
Type:
Biography
Early accounts to 1600
Early works
Place:
America
Spain
Southwestern States
Date:
2013
©2013
Contents:
The Text of Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition -- Context. Alternative narratives and sequels ; Other contemporary accounts of the new world. -- Criticism
Summary:
"This new Norton Critical Edition recounts the 1527-36 expedition of Cabeza de Vaca, the first Spanish explorer to cross North America. Published in 1542 to an astonished and captivated public, Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition tells the unforgettable story of a sixteenth-century soldier turned explorer who, along with three other survivors of a shipwreck, makes his way across an unknown geographic and cultural landscape. This Norton Critical Edition is based on David Frye's new translation. It is accompanied by Ilan Stavan's introduction, the translator's preface, the editor's detailed explanatory annotations, and a map tracing Cabeza de Vaca's journey from Florida to California. "Alternative Narratives and Sequels" enriches the reader's understanding of and appreciation for Cabeza de Vaca's chronicle, which can be read both as historical record and as fiction (Cabeza de Vaca having written his account years after the events took place). Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdéz's General and Natural History of the Indies (1535) provides a different account of the same journey, while sequels can be found in a 1539 letter from the Viceroy of New Spain to the Emperor and in Fray Marcos de Niza's Relación on the Discovery of the Kingdom of Cibola (1539). The Spanish explorers, soldiers, and missionaries of the period saw the New World as a place of enchantment, riches, and opportunity. This spirit is captured in "Contexts" with documents including a 1493 letter from Christopher Columbus to a potential benefactor of his future travels; Hernán Cortés's 1520 letter from Mexico; and an excerpt from Fray Bartolomé's Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1542). A selection from Miguel León Portilla's Broken Spears provides readers with the viewpoint of the vanquished. "Criticism" includes five major assessments of Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition spanning eighty years. Contributors include Morris Bishop, Rolena Adorno and Patrick Charles Pautz, Paul Schneider, Andrés Reséndez, and Beatriz Rivera-Barnes."--Publisher's website.
Topic:
Explorers
Discovery and exploration
Spanish
Data Source:
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The Civil War in popular culture : a reusable past / Jim Cullen

Author:
Cullen, Jim 1962-
Physical description:
x, 253 p.: ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
C1995
Civil War, 1861-1865
Topic:
Historical fiction, American--History and criticism
Historical fiction, American--Film and video adaptations
History
Influence
Literature and the war
Motion pictures and the war
Historiography
Data Source:
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Columbus then and now : a life reexamined / by Miles H. Davidson

Author:
Davidson, Miles H
Subject:
Columbus, Christopher
Physical description:
xxx, 609 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Spain
America
Date:
1997
C1997
Summary:
The author traces the events of Columbus's life in chronological order, drawing on manuscripts, diaries, private correspondence, court and naval records, and shipping logs to provide a historically credible portrait. He uses sources never before incorporated in a book-length study, most notably the recently discovered Libro copiador (a collection of letters written by Columbus himself) and Columbus's holographs (over two thousand notes written in the margins of four of.
his books). Separating fact from fiction, Davidson sheds new light on crucial junctures in Columbus's life: the original contract given him to seek islands in the west, the claimed influence of Marco Polo on Columbus, the supposed sinking of the Santa Maria, and the role played by Jews in connection with the first voyage. At once a retelling of Columbus's life and a critique of other versions, Columbus Then and Now will be of value to Columbists, Latin American scholars,
and biographers in general.
Topic:
Explorers--Biography--History and criticism
Discovery and exploration
Spanish
Historiography
Data Source:
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Critical perspectives on Native American fiction / edited by Richard F. Fleck

Author:
Fleck, Richard F. 1937-
Physical description:
vii, 294 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1997
[c1997]
Contents:
Native American novels : homing in / William Bevis -- Fighting for her life : the mixed-blood woman's insistence upon selfhood / Janet St. Clair -- A Japanese perspective on Native American fiction / George Saito -- Fourth world fictions : a comparative commentary on James Welch's Winter in the blood and Mudrooroo Narogin's Wild cat falling / Emmanuel Nelson -- The historical matrix : towards a national Indian literature / Simon Ortiz -- D'Arcy McNickle. Textual perspectives and the reader in The surrounded / James Ruppert -- The first generation of Native American novelists / Priscilla Oaks -- The surrounded / Charles Larson -- N. Scott Momaday. Ancient children at play : lyric, petroglyphic, and ceremonial / Kenneth Roemer -- Words and place : a reading of House made of dawn / Lawrence Evers -- Who puts together / Linda Hogan -- Gerald Vizenor. "Ecstatic strategies" : Gerald Vizenor's Darkness in Saint Louis Bearheart / Louis Owens -- Vizenor : post-modern fiction / Alan R. Velie --
The rebirth of Indian and Chinese mythology in Gerald Vizenor's Griever : an American monkey king in China / Cecilia Sims -- James Welch. Alienation and broken narrative in Winter in the blood / Kathleen Sands -- Winter in the blood as comic novel / Alan R. Velie -- Alienation and the female principle in Winter in the blood / A. LaVonne Ruoff -- Blackfeet winter blues : James Welch -- Kenneth Lincoln -- Leslie Marmon Silko. The feminine landscape of Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony / Paula Gunn Allen -- A familiar love component of love in Ceremony / William Oandasan -- No ceremony for men in the sun : sexuality, personhood, and nationhood in Ghassan Kanafani's Men in the sun and Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony / Ben and Katherine Bennani -- Navajo sandpainting in Ceremony / Valerie Harvey -- Louise Erdrich. Louise Erdrich's Love medicine / Karl Kroeber ... [et al.] -- Louise Erdrich's The beet queen : images of the grotesque on the northern plains / Gretchen Bataille
Topic:
American fiction--Indian authors--History and criticism
Intellectual life
Indians in literature
Data Source:
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Dreams for dead bodies : blackness, labor, and the corpus of American detective fiction / Miriam Michelle Robinson

Author:
Robinson, Michelle 1979-
Sponsoring body:
Knowledge Unlatched (Organization)
Physical description:
1 online resource
Type:
Electronic resources
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Date:
2016
Summary:
Dreams for Dead Bodies: Blackness, Labor, and the Corpus of American Detective Fiction offers new arguments about the origins of detective fiction in the United States, tracing the lineage of the genre back to unexpected texts and uncovering how authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, and Rudolph Fisher made use of the genre's puzzle-elements to explore the shifting dynamics of race and labor in America. The author constructs an interracial genealogy of detective fiction to create a nuanced picture of the ways that black and white authors appropriated and cultivated literary conventions that coalesced in a recognizable genre at the turn of the twentieth century. These authors tinkered with detective fiction's puzzle-elements to address a variety of historical contexts, including the exigencies of chattel slavery, the erosion of working-class solidarities by racial and ethnic competition, and accelerated mass production. Dreams for Dead Bodies demonstrates that nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature was broadly engaged with detective fiction, and that authors rehearsed and refined its formal elements in literary works typically relegated to the margins of the genre. By looking at these margins, the book argues, we can better understand the origins and cultural functions of American detective fiction.
Topic:
Detective and mystery stories, American--History and criticism
African Americans in literature
Working class in literature
Slavery in literature
Work in literature
Data Source:
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Ernest Hemingway's A farewell to arms : a documentary volume / edited by Charles Oliver

Author:
Oliver, Charles M
Subject:
Hemingway, Ernest 1899-1961 Farewell to arms
Physical description:
xxvi, 443 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2005
C2005
Notes:
"A Bruccoli Clark Layman book."
Contents:
Cultural context for A farewell to arms -- Hemingway's war -- The historical background -- Hemingway's journalism -- A short story that became a novel -- Considering serialization -- Choosing a title -- The final typed draft -- Contravening conventions -- The book proof -- Fitzgerald's criticism -- A new ending -- Banned in Boston -- The expurgation of A farewell to arms -- American reviews -- A critic's question [: what is dirt?] -- English reviews -- A European view -- Stallings's play and the first movie -- The 1958 movie -- In spite of Robert Herrick / Louis Henry Cohn -- T.S. Eliot on Hemingway / T.S.E. -- The "dumb ox" / Wyndham Lewis -- The reception of A farewell to arms in Germany / Helmut Papajewski -- Farewell the separate peace / Edgar Johnson -- A motto for A farewell to arms / David Daiches -- The esthetics of simplicity / Joseph Warren Beach -- Preface to the first French edition / Pierre Drieu La Rochelle -- The story behind the love story / Robert Penn Warren -- Looking back at a brilliant novel / Francis Hackett -- Ford Madox Ford on the opening / Ford Madox Ford -- A farewell to arms in The art of modern fiction / Ray B. West and Robert Wooster Stallman -- The mountain and the plain / Carlos Baker -- Hemingway's ambiguity : symbolism and irony / E.M. Halliday -- The parallels of war and love / Philip Young -- The religion of death in A farewell to arms / James F. Light -- Tough talk : the rhetoric of Frederic Henry / Walker Gibson -- Hemingway a footnote to Stein? / Brigid Brophy, Michael Levy, and Charles Osborne -- A farewell to arms : Hemingway's "resentful cryptogram" / Judith Fetterley -- Going back / Michael S. Reynolds -- History in the service of art / Alfred Kazin -- The value of ending / Bernard Oldsey -- E.R.A. for Hemingway : a feminist defense of A farewell to arms / Joyce Wexler -- Frederic Henry's escape and the pose of passivity / Scott Donaldson -- Pseudoautobiography and personal metaphor / Millicent Bell -- A Hemingway parody / Brian Neilson -- Distance, voice, and temporal perspective in Frederic Henry's narration / James Phelan -- Rinaldi and Ferguson / James R. Mellow -- Manners and morals / Robert W. Lewis -- Othello as a key to Hemingway / Ernest Lockridge -- Hemingway's soldiers and their pregnant women : domestic ritual in World War I / Jennifer A. Haytock -- Partial articulation : word play in A farewell to arms / Gary Harrington -- Invalid masculinity : silence, hospitals, and anesthesia in A farewell to arms / Diane Price Herndl
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Literature and the war
War stories, American--History and criticism
Data Source:
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Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989

view Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989 digital asset number 1
Creator:
McCoy, Esther, 1904-1989
Subject:
Ain, Gregory
Barragán, Luis
Bradbury, Ray
Davidson, Julius Ralph
Dreiser, Theodore
Ellwood, Craig
Gill, Irving
Grotz, Dorothy Rogers
Hollein, Hans
Jones, A. Quincy (Archie Quincy),
Maybeck, Bernard R.
Neutra, Richard Joseph
O'Gorman, Juan
Rand, Marvin
Schindler, R. M. (Rudolph M.)
Shulman, Julius
Soriano, Rafael
Watanabe, Makoto
Worlidge, T. (Thomas),
Historic American Buildings Survey
Society of Architectural Historians
University of California, Los Angeles.School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
42.7 linear feet.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The papers of Southern California architectural historian, critic, and writer Esther McCoy measure 42.7 linear feet and date from 1876 to 1990 (bulk 1938-1989). The collection documents McCoy's career, as well as her family and personal life through biographical material, extensive correspondence, personal and professional writings, project files, Southern California architects' files, clippings and other printed material, a large collection of photographs and slides, and taped interviews of Southern California modern architects.
Biographical and family material consists of awards, resumes, identification documents, and other documentation of McCoy's personal life. Included are a transcript of a 1984 interview of McCoy by Makoto Watanabe and material relating to her friend, Theodore Dreiser.
Correspondence focuses on her personal relationships with family, friends, and lovers, and general correspondence relating primarily to her work as a writer. McCoy's personal correspondence is valuable to researchers who are interested in her personal life, her struggles as a young writer, and the way in which her family, friends, lovers, mentors, and colleagues helped to shape her work and career. As documented in this correspondence, her life offers a glimpse into twentieth-century American social and political history, especially the radical leftist movements of the 1920s and 1930s. Researchers interested in the roots of feminism in the United States should also find these papers useful in documenting the life of a creative and productive woman who was successful in a field then almost entirely dominated by men. Correspondents of note include her husband Berkeley Tobey, lovers Geoffrey Eaton and Albert Robert, writers Ray Bradbury and Theodore Dreiser, and artists and architects, such as Dorothy Grotz, Craig Ellwood, A. Quincy Jones, Hans Hollein, and J. R. Davidson. General correspondence is primarily with researchers, professors, architects, publishers, and professional organizations.
Personal writings include McCoy's diaries, notebooks, and memoirs, and writings by others including friends, lovers, and colleagues. Also included are drafts of McCoy's fictional works, both published and unpublished, including short stories, teleplays, and novels.
The collection contains in-depth documentation of McCoy's pioneering study of the modernist work of twentieth-century architects in Southern California. The bulk of her papers consist of her writing files for books, exhibition catalogs, articles, and lectures on architecture. Because many of the architects about whom McCoy wrote were her contemporaries, she developed personal relationships with several of them through her research and writing. Her writing files include drafts, notes, research material, photographs, and correspondence. McCoy also traveled extensively, particularly in Italy and Mexico, and wrote about architecture, craft, and culture in those countries. Project files document McCoy's other activities related to architectural history, such preservation projects, juries, grants, the Dodge House Preservation Campaign and related film project, her work for the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), and her work at the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning, compiling a slide library and cataloging the Richard Neutra's papers. McCoy also maintained architect files which may contain correspondence, notes, photographs, research material, interview transcripts, about architects and their works. Among these extensive records, the files documenting the careers of R. M. Schindler, Irving Gill, Richard Neutra, and Juan O'Gorman are particularly rich.
Printed material in this collection documents McCoy's career as well as her personal interests. Included are books, clippings, magazines, newsletters, press releases, as well as publications arranged by subject such as architecture, art, Italy, and Mexico. McCoy also collected literary and leftist publications. The small amount of artwork in this collection consists of artwork sent to her by friends, including a drawing of her by Esther Rollo and etchings by various artists including Thomas Worlidge.
There are personal photographs of family and friends and of McCoy at different times in her life, as well as photographs gathered during the course of her research on architecture. Found here are photographs of architects and their works, including a large number depicting the work of Gregory Ain, Luis Barragan, J. R. Davidson, Irving Gill, Bernard Maybeck, Juan O'Gorman, R. M. Schindler, and Raphael Soriano. Many of these photographs were taken by notable architectural photographers Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand. Also found are photographs of architecture designed for the Case Study House program of Arts & Architecture magazine; exhibition photographs, primarily for the exhibition "Ten Italian Architects" in 1967; and other research photographs primarily documenting architecture and craft in other countries and the history of architecture in California. This series also includes approximately 3,600 slides of architecture.
Audio and video recordings include a videocassette of McCoy's 80th birthday party and 55 taped interviews with architects, people associated with architectural projects, and artists.
Citation:
Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The bulk of this collection has been digitized and is available via the Archives of American Art website.
Many of the sound recordings of interviews were digitized in 2009 and are available for use by appointment. McCoy's Dodge House film has been preserved on film and video access copies are also available.
Funding:
Funding for the preservation of the motion picture film "Dodge House" was provided by the Women's Film Preservation Fund of the New York Women in Film and Television. Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Related Materials:
Also in the Archives of American Art are eight sound cassettes of a transcribed interview with Esther McCoy conducted by Joseph Giovannini, June 8-November 14, 1987.
Biography Note:
Esther McCoy (1904-1989) is remembered best for her pioneering work as an architectural historian, critic, and proponent of Southern California modern architecture of the early to mid-twentieth century.
Provenance:
The collection was given to the Archives of American Art by Esther McCoy in 1986. Before her death in 1989, McCoy assisted in the organization and identification of the papers.
Digitization Note:
This site provides access to the papers of Esther McCoy in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 75,513 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Architects
Architects
Architectural historians
Architecture, Domestic
Architecture, Modern
Architecture, Modern
Architecture, Modern
Art critics
Authors
Diaries
Drawings
Etchings
Interviews
Memoirs
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Video recordings
Feminism
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5502
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210977
AAA_collcode_mccoesth
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Art Theory and Historiography
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Eudora Welty and politics : did the writer crusade? / edited by Harriet Pollack and Suzanne Marrs

Author:
Pollack, Harriet
Marrs, Suzanne
Subject:
Welty, Eudora 1909-2001 Political and social views
Physical description:
viii, 268 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
20th century
Contents:
Eudora Welty and politics : did the writer crusade? / Harriet Pollack -- Welty's transformations of the public, the private, and the political / Peggy Prenshaw -- Engaging the political : in our texts, in our classrooms / Noel Polk -- "The huge fateful stage of the outside world" : Eudora Welty's life in politics / Suzanne Marrs -- "Racial content espied" : modernist politics, textuality, and race in Eudora Welty's "The demonstrators" / Suzan Harrison -- A voice from a Jackson interior : Eudora Welty and the politics of filial piety / Ann Romines -- A "cross-mark ploughed into the center" : civil rights and Eudora Welty's losing battles / Rebecca Mark -- "Writing against death" : totalitarianism and the nonfiction of Eudora Welty at midcentury / Barbara Ladd -- Judgements of The ponder heart : Welty's trials of the 1950s / Sharon Deykin Baris -- Private and political thought in One writer's beginnings / Danièle Pitavy-Souques -- Seeing Welty's political vision in her photographs / Harriet Pollack and Suzanne Marrs
Summary:
This collection of complementary and interrelated essays by ten well-known Welty critics brings clarification to the controversial subject of Eudora Welty and the political. As the essays prove, Welty has been inaccurately assessed by critics from Diana Trilling in the Nation (1943) to Claudia Roth Pierpont in the New Yorker (1998) as a writer who avoids political, historical, or cultural engagement in her fiction. The better question these essayists explore is not whether but how Welty's work is to be understood as political. Harriet Pollack, Suzanne Marrs, Peggy Prenshaw, Noel Polk, Suzan Harrison, Ann Romines, Rebecca Mark, Barbara Ladd, Sharon Baris, and Daniele Pitavy-Souques place Welty's seeming rejection of the political in her 1961 essay "Must the Novelist Crusade?" into the cultural and historical context of 1940-1960. Welty, though she repudiated the concept of fiction as editorial, wrote stories that were inherently and unavoidably political. As the only living author to be reedited by the Library of America in its great American writers series, Eudora Welty deserves a sound appreciation of her complex oeuvre. Eudora Welty and politics provides just that, approaching Welty's work from an all-new point of view.
Topic:
Politics and literature--History
Political fiction, American--History and criticism
Data Source:
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Film theory and criticism : introductory readings / edited by Leo Braudy, Marshall Cohen

Film theory & criticism
Author:
Braudy, Leo
Cohen, Marshall
Physical description:
xvii, 905 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2009
Contents:
from Film technique. [On editing] / Vsevolod Pudovkin -- from Film form. Beyond the shot [the cinematographic principle and the ideogram] ; Dramaturgy of film form [the dialectical approach to film form] / Sergei Eisenstein -- from What is cinema? Evolution of the language of cinema / André Bazin -- Toward a non-bourgeois camera style / Brian Henderson -- from Film language. Some points in the semiotics of cinema ; Problems of denotation in the fiction film / Christian Metz -- Semiotics and the cinema : Metz and Wollen / Gilbert Harman -- Discourse of pictures : iconicity and film studies / Stephen Prince -- Tutor-code of classical cinema / Daniel Dayan -- Against "the system of the suture" / William Rothman -- Spectator-in-the-text : the rhetoric of Stagecoach / Nick Browne -- from Theory of film. Basic concepts / Siegfried Kracauer -- from What is cinema? Ontology of the photographic image ; Myth of total cinema / André Bazin -- from Film as art. Complete film / Rudolf Arnheim -- Apparatus : metapsychological approaches to the impression of reality in cinema / Jean-Louis Baudry -- from Mystifying movies. Jean-Louis Baudry and "The apparatus" / Noël Carroll -- from Vision and visuality. Modernizing vision / Jonathan Crary -- from Cinema 1 and Cinema 2. Preface to the English edition ; Origin of the crisis : Italian neo-realism and the French new wave ; Beyond the movement-image / Gilles Deleuze --
Style and medium in the motion pictures / Erwin Panofsky -- from Theory of film. Establishment of physical existence / Siegfried Kracauer -- from Theory of the film. Close-up ; Face of man / Béla Balász -- from Film as art. Film and reality ; Making of a film / Rudolf Arnheim -- from Philosophical problems of classical film theory. Specificity thesis / Noël Carroll -- from Film/cinema/movie. Projection / Gerald Mast -- from The world viewed. Photograph and screen ; Audience, actor, and star ; Types, cycles as genres ; Ideas of origin / Stanley Cavell -- Statement on sound / Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevelod Pudovkin, Grigori Alexandrov -- Voice in the cinema : the articulation of body and space / Mary Ann Doane -- Technology and aesthetics of film sound / John Belton -- from What is cinema? Theater and cinema / André Bazin -- from The world in a frame. Acting : stage vs. screen / Leo Braudy -- from Film form. Dickens, Griffith, and ourselves ; [Dickens, Griffith, and film today] / Sergei Eisenstein -- from Concepts in film theory. Adaptation / Dudley Andrew -- from Novel to film. Backgrounds / Brian McFarlane -- from D.W. Griffith and the origins of American narrative film. Narrative discourse and the narrator system / Tom Gunning -- Film music and narrative agency / Jerrold Levinson -- Godard and counter cinema ; Vent d'est / Peter Wollen -- from Poetics of cinema. Cognition and comprehension : viewing and forgetting in Mildred Pierce / David Bordwell --
Notes on the auteur theory in 1962 / Andrew Sarris -- from Signs and meaning in the cinema. Auteur theory [Howard Hawks and John Ford] / Peter Wollen -- Face of Garbo / Roland Barthes -- from The material ghost. [On Keaton and Chaplin] / Gilberto Perez -- From Stars / Richard Dyer -- from Acting in the cinema. Katherine Hepburn in Holiday / James Naremore -- from From reverence to rape. Female stars of the 1940s / Molly Haskell -- How Howard Hawks brought Baby up : an Apologia for the studio system / Richard B. Jewell -- from The genius of the system. "Whole equation of pictures" / Thomas Schatz -- from The world in a frame. Genre : the conventions of connection / Leo Braudy -- Semantic/syntactic approach to film genre / Rick Altman -- from Hollywood genres. Film genre and the genre film / Thomas Schatz -- Gangster as tragic hero / Robert Warshow -- Notes on film noir / Paul Schrader -- Ideology, genre, auteur / Robin Wood -- Film bodies : gender, genre, and excess / Linda Williams -- Terror of pleasure : the contemporary horror film and postmodern theory / Tania Modleski -- Feminist frameworks for horror films / Cynthia A. Freeland -- Art cinema as a mode of film practice / David Bordwell --
Work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction / Walter Benjamin -- Cinema/ideology/criticism / Jean-Luc Comolli, Jean Narboni -- from The imaginary signifier. Identification, mirror ; Passion for perceiving ; Disavowal, fetishism / Christian Metz -- Visual pleasure and narrative cinema / Laura Mulvey -- from The women who knew too much : Hitchcock and feminist theory. Master's dollhouse : Rear window / Tania Modleski -- Aesthetic of astonishment : early film and the (in)credulous spectator / Tom Gunning -- Colonialism, racism, and representation : an introduction / Robert Stam, Louise Spence -- Black spectatorship : problems of identification and resistance / Manthia Diawara -- from The language of new media. Synthetic realism and its discontents ; Synthetic image and its subject ; Digital cinema and the history of a moving image / Lev Manovich -- End of cinema : multimedia and technological change / Anne Friedberg -- from Change mummified / Philip Rosen -- Impact of digital technologies on film aesthetics / Michael Allen -- Tales of upward mobility : the new verticality and digital special effects / Kristen Whissel -- Reconceptualizing national cinema(s) / Stephen Crofts -- Difficulty of being radical : the discipline of film studies and the postcolonial world order / Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto -- Issues in world cinema / Wimal Dissanayake
Summary:
"Since publication of the first edition in 1974, Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen's Film Theory and Criticism has been the most widely used and cited anthology of critical writings about film. Now in its seventh edition, this landmark text continues to offer outstanding coverage of more than a century of thought and writing about the movies. Incorporating classic texts by pioneers in film theory - ncluding Rudolf Arnheim, Siegfried Kracauer, and Andre Bazin - and cutting-edge essays by such contemporary scholars as David Bordwell, Tania Modleski, Thomas Schatz, and Richard Dyer, the book examines both historical and theoretical viewpoints on the subject." "Building upon the wide range of selections and the extensive historical coverage that marked previous editions, this new compilation stretches from the earliest attempts to define the cinema to the most recent efforts to place film in the contexts of psychology, sociology, and philosophy, and to explore issues of gender and race. Reorganized into eight sections - each comprising the major fields of critical controversy and analysis - this new edition features reformulated introductions and biographical headnotes that contextualize the readings, making the text more accessible than ever to students, film enthusiasts, and general readers alike. The seventh edition also integrates exciting new material on feminist theory, queer cinema, and global cinema, as well as a new section, "Digitization and Globalization," which engages important recent developments in technology and world cinema." "A wide-ranging critical and historical survey, Film Theory and Criticism remains the leading text for undergraduate courses in film theory. It is also ideal for graduate courses in film theory and criticism."--BOOK JACKET.
Topic:
Motion pictures--Philosophy
Motion pictures--History
Film criticism
Data Source:
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Hollywood's White House : the American presidency in film and history / edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor

Author:
Rollins, Peter C
O'Connor, John E
Physical description:
xv, 441 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
C2003
Contents:
George Washington, The crossing, and revolutionary leadership / Stuart Leibiger -- The Adams chronicles : domesticating the American presidency / Scott F. Stoddart -- Jefferson in love : the farmer framed / Jim Welsh -- Abraham Lincoln in John Ford's The iron horse : both trumpets and silences / Andrew Piasecki -- Redeeming Lincoln, redeeming the South : representations of Abraham Lincoln in D.W. Grifith's The birth of a nation (1915) and historical scholarship / Bryan Rommel-Ruiz -- Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders : a century of leadership in film / J. Tillapaugh -- Wilson in technicolor : an appreciation / Donald E. Staples -- A juxtaposition of conflicting images : Hubert H. Humphrey and the television coverage of Chicago, 1968 / Jaap Kooijman -- Motion picture presidents of the 1930s : factual and fictional leaders for a time of crisis / Michael G. Krukones -- Gabriel over the White House (1933) : William Randolph Hearst's fascist solution for the Great Depression / Deborah Carmichael -- Populism, pragmatism, and political reinvention : the presidential motif in the films of Frank Capra / Ian Scott -- The absent president : Mr. Smith, The candidate, and Bulworth / Linda Alkana -- Who's in charge here? Technology and the presidency in Fail-safe (1964) and Colossus (1970) / Robert E. Hunter -- The 100 million$ men : presidential action/adventure heroes of Independence day (1996) and Air Force One (1997) / John Shelton Lawrence -- A man of his word : Aaron Sorkin's American presidents / Loren P. Quiring -- Hollywood's presidents, 1944-1996 : the primacy of character / Peter C. Rollins -- Richard Nixon as Dick (1999) and the comedic treatment of the presidency / Charlene Etkind -- "Biological business-as-usual" : the beast in Oliver Stone's Nixon / Donald Whaley -- Myth and reality in the Hollywood campaign film : Primary colors (1998) and The war room (1994) / Myron A. Levine -- Bestowing knighthood : the visual aspects of Bill Clinton's Camelot legacy / Luc Herman -- Hollywood, impersonation, and presidential celebrity in the 1990s / David Haven Blake -- Television satire and the presidency : the case of Saturday night live / John Matviko -- The transformed presidency : the Real presidency and Hollywood's Reel presidency / Myron A. Levine -- A filmography for images of American presidents in film / John Shelton Lawrence
Topic:
Historical films--History and criticism
Presidents--History
In motion pictures
Data Source:
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Injun Joe's ghost : the Indian mixed-blood in American writing / Harry J. Brown

Author:
Brown, Harry J (Harry John) 1972-
Physical description:
viii, 271 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2004
C2004
Contents:
Miscegenation and Degeneracy in Antebellum Historical Romance -- Homo Criminalis and Half-Breed Outlaws in the Dime Western -- From Biological to Cultural Hybridity in Cogewea, Sundown, and Twentieth-Century Magazine Fiction -- Epilogue: Contemporary Reflections on Mixed Descent
Topic:
American fiction--History and criticism
Indians in literature
Racially mixed people in literature
Group identity in literature
Ethnicity in literature
Race in literature
Data Source:
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Inventing Stonewall Jackson : a Civil War hero in history and memory / Wallace Hettle

Author:
Hettle, Wallace 1962-
Subject:
Jackson, Stonewall 1824-1863
Physical description:
xi, 200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
History
Place:
United States
Confederate States of America
Date:
2011
©2011
Civil War, 1861-1865
Contents:
Confederate enigma : Stonewall Jackson's image during the Civil War -- The minister and the martyr : Robert Lewis Dabney and Stonewall Jackson biography -- A romantic's Civil War : John Esten Cooke, Stonewall Jackson, and the ideal of individual "genius" -- Domesticating a Confederate hero : Mary Anna Jackson's story of Stonewall Jackson -- Soldiers' stories : Jackson, memoirs, and the lost cause -- Mary Johnston and Stonewall Jackson : a Virginia suffragist and the politics of historical fiction -- Symbol of the South : Allen Tate, Stonewall Jackson, and the lost cause -- Of gods and generals
Summary:
Historians' attempts to understand legendary Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson have proved uneven at best and often contentious. An occasionally enigmatic and eccentric college professor before the Civil War, Jackson died midway through the conflict, leaving behind no memoirs and relatively few surviving letters or documents. In Inventing Stonewall Jackson, Wallace Hettle offers an innovative and distinctive approach to interpreting Stonewall by examining the lives and agendas of those authors who shape our current understanding of General Jackson. Newspaper reporters, friends, relatives, and fellow soldiers first wrote about Jackson immediately following the Civil War. Most of them, according to Hettle, used portions of their own life stories to frame that of the mythic general. Hettle argues that the legend of Jackson's rise from poverty to power was likely inspired by the rags-to-riches history of his first biographer, Robert Lewis Dabney. Dabney's own successes and Presbyterian beliefs probably shaped his account of Jackson's life as much as any factual research. Many other authors inserted personal values into their stories of Stonewall, perplexing generations of historians and writers. Subsequent biographers contributed their own layers to Jackson's myth and eventually a composite history of the general came to exist in the popular imagination. Later writers, such as the liberal suffragist Mary Johnston, who wrote a novel about Jackson, and the literary critic Allen Tate, who penned a laudatory biography, further shaped Stonewall's myth. As recently as 2003, the film Gods and Generals, which featured Jackson as the key protagonist, affirmed the longevity and power of his image. Impeccable research and nuanced analysis enable Hettle to use American culture and memory to reframe the Stonewall Jackson narrative and provide new ways to understand the long and contended legacy of one of the Civil War's most popular Confederate heroes. - Publisher.
Topic:
Generals
History
Historiography
Data Source:
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The invention of Native American literature / Robert Dale Parker

Author:
Parker, Robert Dale 1953-
Physical description:
xi, 244 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
20th century
Contents:
Tradition, invention, and aesthetics in Native American literature and literary criticism -- Nothing to do : John Joseph Mathews's Sundown and Restless young Indian men -- Who shot the sheriff : storytelling, Indian identity, and the marketplace of masculinity in D'Arcy McNickle's The surrounded -- Text, lines, and videotape : reinventing oral stories as written poems -- The existential surfboard and the dream of balance, or "To be there, no authority to anything" : the poetry of Ray A. Young Bear -- The reinvention of restless young men : storytelling and poetry in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony and Thomas King's Medicine River -- Material choices : American fictions and the post-canon
Summary:
In this book, Parker helps redefine the study of Native American literature by focusing on issues of gender and literary form. Among the writers Parker highlights are Thomas King, John Joseph Mathews, D'Arcy McNickle, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Ray A. Young Bear, some of whom have previously received little scholarly attention. Parker proposes a new history of Native American literature by reinterpreting its concerns with poetry, orality, and Indian notions of authority. He also addresses representations of Indian masculinity, uncovering Native literature's recurring fascination with restless young men who have nothing to do, or who suspect or feel pressured to believe that they have nothing to do. The invention of Native American literature reads Native writing through a wide variety of shifting historical contexts. In its commitment to historicizing Native writing and identity, Parker's work parallels developments in scholarship on other minority literatures and is sure to provoke controversy.
Topic:
American literature--Indian authors--History and criticism
American literature--History and criticism
Intellectual life
Indians in literature
Data Source:
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Literacy and intellectual life in the Cherokee nation, 1820-1906 / James W. Parins

Author:
Parins, James W
Physical description:
xvi, 276 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Newspapers
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2013
19th century
Contents:
Writing in early America -- Literacy in the Cherokee nation -- The Cherokee phoenix -- Education after removal -- The Cherokee language and the Sequoyan syllabary -- The Cherokee Advocate and other Indian newspapers -- Four Cherokee writers -- Political writers and feuders -- A steady stream of Cherokee writers
Summary:
"By the 1820s, Cherokees had perfected a system for writing their language--the syllabary created by Sequoyah--and in a short time taught it to virtually all their citizens. Recognizing the need to master the language of the dominant society, the Cherokee Nation also developed a superior public school system that taught students in English. The result was a literate population, most of whom could read the Cherokee Phoenix, the tribal newspaper founded in 1828 and published in both Cherokee and English. English literacy allowed Cherokee leaders to deal with the white power structure on their own terms: Cherokees wrote legal briefs, challenged members of Congress and the executive branch, and bargained for their tribe as white interests sought to take their land and end their autonomy. In addition, many Cherokee poets, fiction writers, essayists, and journalists published extensively after 1850, paving the way for the rich literary tradition that the nation preserves and fosters today. Literary and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820-1906 takes a fascinating look at how literacy served to unite Cherokees during a critical moment in their national history, and advances our understanding of how literacy has functioned as a tool of sovereignty among Native peoples, both historically and today."--Publisher's description.
Topic:
Cherokee Indians--Intellectual life
Cherokee Indians--Government relations--History
Cherokee Indians--History
Literacy--Social aspects--History
Authors, American
Indian authors
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

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