Author Archives: Gabrielle Dean

Critical Making in the Humanities

This post is guest-authored by Kari Kraus, Associate Professor of English and Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor Kraus gives a free public talk on April 22, 4:30pm, in the Macksey Room (2043) in the Brody … Continue reading

Library as Emergent Infrastructure

This post is guest-authored by Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School, NYC. Professor Mattern will be giving a public talk on April 8, 4:30 pm, in the Macksey Room (2043) in the Brody Learning Commons … Continue reading

The History and Future of Libraries: “The wisdom of our ancestors”

What is a library? Is it a collection of books, a suite of digital resources, a space for studying? Where do our current ideas about libraries come from, and where will our new tools take us? Does the library have … Continue reading

Welcome Home, John Barth

What do you call 30-odd boxes of books and 25 boxes of manuscripts, letters, newspaper reviews, notebooks, and assorted papers? Well, if those boxes contain essential primary sources for the study of contemporary American literature, you call it the John … Continue reading

Intersession in Special Collections: Get Down and Dirty with Books

So, you like the smell of ink and old paper? You love strange tales? Maybe you’re into the exotic locales they can take you to? Or maybe you like to do weird digital things with printed matter? Yeah, I’m talking … Continue reading

Browsing, Serendipity, and Virtual Discovery

Recently I went down to B-level in search of four books—titles I had come across in my reading that I was sure were going to explain the mysteries of the universe, or at least, help me answer one part of … Continue reading

Consumption’s Long Shadow

What does Stephen Crane have in common with Catullus, Molière, John Keats, all six Brontë siblings, Henry David Thoreau, Robert Louis Stevenson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Anton Chekhov and Katherine Mansfield? Besides the fact that they were all writers… they all … Continue reading

Stephen Crane’s War

If you’ve read anything by Stephen Crane, there’s a pretty good chance it was The Red Badge of Courage. Crane’s Civil War story is renowned for its insider perspective on combat experience—what it was like to be surrounded by gunsmoke, … Continue reading

Stephen Crane’s Career

How do you become a professional writer? It helps to have a family member provide a model—or better yet, both parents and a couple of siblings. It also helps to have access to a good public library—and to read voraciously, … Continue reading

Goodbye Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe, the renowned Nigerian novelist and essayist, died on March 22, at age 82. Achebe was best known for his ground-breaking novel of 1958, Things Fall Apart, which dramatizes the tensions between indigenous African culture and British colonial values. … Continue reading