Teaching Carnival 5.1

[September’s Teaching Carnival--and the beginning of year five of the TC--is from Tonya Howe, Assistant Professor of English at Marymount University. Tonya blogs at Cerosia and can be reached at thowe [at] Marymount [dot] edu or @howet on Twitter. ProfHacker has become the permanent home of the Teaching Carnival, so each month you can return …

The Silent Era

"The Silent Era." Movies in American History (Forthcoming, 2011) The silent film era extends from the late nineteenth century, with the earliest work by the Lumière Brothers in France and Edison in America, into the early 1930s, when silent film gave way to “talkies.”  However, most scholars situate the silent era in America during the …

City Lights

"City Lights." Movies in American History (Forthcoming, 2011) At the conclusion of City Lights (United Artists, 1931), the Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) looks wistfully at the Flower Girl (Virginia Cherrill) and asserts, with the hopeful inflection of a question, “You can see now?” She replies, “Yes, I can see now,” and it seems as if the …

Seeing the Trees in the Forest

"Seeing the Trees in the Forest: Teaching Literature With Data Visualization Techniques." Journal of the Liberal Arts & Sciences (2008). Abstract: While recent scholarship examined the use of hypertext and other technologies for the teaching of writing, it has rarely taken up the study of conventional linear textual modes—the kind of literature still most frequently …

Abject, Delude, Create

"Abject, Delude, Create: The Aesthetic Self-Consciousness of Early Eighteenth-Century Farce." Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research (Volume 25 Issue 1) Abstract: In the early eighteenth century, farce was a much-maligned form of theater, in part because of its over-indulgence in the corporeal. This essay seeks to re-conceptualize the significance of farce by examining its self-conscious spectacularization …