If you’re reading Osterhammel along with us, we’ll be discussing Part One: Approaches (the first 115 pages) next week. 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!
The latest on teaching classical literature and western civilization to today’s undergrads:
Malcolm Harris, Western canon, meet trigger warning (Aljazeera America)
Donna Zuckerberg, How to Teach an Ancient Rape Joke (Jezebel)
Ofer Aderet, Sex tips for girls — in 19th-century French and 1930s Yiddish (Haaretz)
G.W. Bowersock, The Venice of the Sands in Peril (NYRBlog)
‘We wurðiað þæs Halgan Gastes tocyme’: An Anglo-Saxon Sermon for Pentecost (A Clerk of Oxford)
Shakespeare’s France and Italy (Folger Library podcast)
John Overholt, “Shakespeare Syndrome” (The Message). The curator of early modern books at Harvard’s Houghton Library discusses his debunking of the latest portrait of Shakespeare.
Laura Freeman, ‘Kingsley Amis’s “feast of fun,“‘on Kingsley Amis’s inscriptions to Anthony Hobson (TLS Blog)
Anne Rouyer, “How did YA become YA?“, about the creation of a genre in American library systems (NYPL blog)
Ralph Bauer, “The ‘Catholic’ Tradition of Political Sovereignty,’ (USIH Blog). A book review of Raúl Coronado, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (Harvard University Press, 2013).
David A. Bell, “Enlightened. Elitist. Undemocratic.” (The Nation)
Eleonora de Conciliis, “Su Foucault e le genealogie del dir-vero” (Doppiozero)
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, »Literatur als Seelenwanderung?« (FAZ Blogs)
Jochen Hieber, »Der erste Medienstar unserer Literatur« (FAZ)
Dina Iordanova, “The Confessions: Enthralling Absurdity” (Criterion Current)
Charlotte Jahnz (im Gespräch mit Michail Bojcov und Nikolaus Katzer) »Ein Anfang fast von Null für das DHI Moskau« (Max Weber Stiftung)
Maxime Laurent, « Germaine Tillion, Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz : deux combattantes au Panthéon » (Le Nouvel Observateur)
Marylin Maeso (Kate McKnaughton, trans.), “The Tender Indifference of the World: Revisiting Albert Camus” (Books and Ideas)
Thomas Mallon, “Frenemies” (The New Yorker)
Salar Mohandesi and Patrick King, eds. “Remembering François Maspero (1932-2015)” (Viewpoint Magazine)
And finally, Peter Watkins’ 2000 historical drama La commune (Paris 1871) (Part I, YouTube; French with subtitles, recommendation courtesy of Daniel London)