This collection contains extended narratives of African American activists, business people, former slaves, performing artists, educators, lawyers, physicians, writers, church leaders, homemakers, religious workers, government workers, athletes, farmers, scientists, factory workers, and more--both the famous and the everyday person. Their stories are pivotal to an understanding of the Black American experience over the last two centuries.
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This collection of full-text poems includes 52,000 drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets, including Adrienne Rich, Andrei Codrescu, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, and Cathy Song.
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The Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English (Routledge, 1994)
Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism (Columbia University Press, 1995)
Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998)
Encyclopedia of the Novel (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998)
New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (Princeton University Press, 1993)
The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story (Columbia University Press, 2001)
The Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature (Columbia University Press, 1980)
At the end of Casablanca, Rick does what any American would do in the face of war: he protects his ideals. Pontuso explains that in a peaceful time Americans exercise their rights by pursuing their individual interests, but when the rights that protect their interests are jeopardized, Americans act determinedly to protect their ideals. Rick realizes that the chances for true love are not promising during such a perilous time, so he chooses to take action. Pontuso quotes a statement by the Bureau of Motion Pictures during WWII, “Casablanca shows that personal desires must be subordinated to the task of defeating fascism.” Pontuso gives us enough reason to believe that the American character and Rick Blaine are one in the same. By portraying a character that epitomizes the supreme American, both in disposition and action, Rick hands American political ideals to viewers on a silver platter.
Schallert, Edward. "Fairy Tale of Oz Called Milestone in Fantasy" Los Angeles Times 16 August, 1939, A18. ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 - 1986). ProQuest.
This is a review of the premier of The Wizard of Oz. It starts and ends with praise and has Schallert has no doubt it will have worldwide appeal. He claims even with all the “to do” of a premiere, the film exceeded his every expectation. He praises it as original and not what he has come to know as the formulaic Hollywood. He likes the use of the color because it adds meaning to the story. He thinks MGM’s choice of actors was superb. He likes the story and the films ability to have him “rooting for Dorothy”. He admires the technical feat and comments that it finally challenges Disney. He then continues to compliment everyone he thinks deserves praise in making such a great movie.
This is a review of the movie right when it came out and Schallert seemed to love it. I think its important to note that the majority of the review doesn’t spend time focusing on the technical genius of the film, which is something that could potentially be outdated. Additionally, it is important to note that much of the use of the “technology” was to the advantage of the story of the film. For example, the film was one of the first shot in color and used the Technicolor Process. This process tended to over exaggerate the colors on screen and made things seem almost unreal. This worked perfectly for the film because while Kansas was shot in black and white with a sepia tone, it was Oz that was shot in color. This “unrealistic color” lent itself to the idea that Oz was a fantasy land. Also the limited ability in special effects allowed for the melting of the witch to be lighter hearted and less gruesome. In essence, the story benefited from the limited technology of the time, rather than being hindered by it. Additionally, something briefly touched on in this article was that this story is one of the only fairy tales completely American in origin, which may not lend to its international popularity, but certainly can help give Americans a sense of pride when the watch it (which inevitably makes them like the film more)
Dancis begins with criticizing how old "plantation epics" misrepresents the African-American slaves during the time. For example, "Gone with the Wind" and "The Birth of a Nation" give the audience the distorted perspective of many aspects of history, including slavery, the Civil War and the Reconstruction. However, he argues, many films have been improving this chaotic misrepresentation and begun to accurately portray African-Americans in history. For example, "To Kill a Mockingbird" is considered "an attempt by Hollywood to make it right, and it works. It is a landmark Hollywood film that vividly portrays racism in the 1930s." Dancis lists numerous movies that have done a much better job of depicting African-Americans.
Dancis, Bruce. “A Sharper Focus on Black History: After a Flickering Start, Filmdom Has Gotten Better at Portraying the African American Experience.” The Sacramento Bee (2008). <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=keh&AN=2W62W61571901384&site=ehost-live>.
This letter written on behalf of the Society of American Archivists expresses one group’s opposition to the CTEA and the need to oppose such a passing of an act. They argue that the law disrupts the balance between public and private interests and will have a negative impact on the public’s use of unpublished materials for teaching, scholarship and research. The point of the Society is to make things available to the public and they believe that such an extension will inhibit their ability to make things available and useable to the public. Maher on behalf of the society argues that there should be a vigorous public domain and protections for the rights of holders of intellectual property as well. They believe that too short of a copyright may discourage new works but too long of a period may limit the creation of new discoveries and Congress must maintain a balance between the interests of authors and the rights of the public. Maher argues that, “no extension of copyright term should be contemplated until there are available solid analysis of the likely impact of such an extension on the creation of new knowledge”. He goes on to say that the Society is troubles by the effect the extension may have on the use of unpublished material that is found in archives and that courts have continues to restrict the application of fair use, which applies, to archives. The final argument Maher makes is that the Society believes that only a few individuals of heirs and corporations would benefit from the extension of such an extension.
This letter is important because it takes the perspective of an organization that finds the passing of the CTEA to be unbeneficial and detrimental to their work. It is important to my paper because it takes a different perspective, a more personal perspective in a sense. The argument they make is not just for the public domain but also rather for the balance which is something that has not been argued for in other articles.
Call#: Van Pelt Library PN1993.5.U6 D36 2005
Call#: Van Pelt Library PN1993.5.U6 D36 2005