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Long-Term Research Fellowships at the Library Company of Philadelphia
James Green, Library Company of Philadelphia

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The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation. (Book)
Title: The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation.
Author: Benjamin Fagan
Abstract: The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation shows how antebellum African Americans used the newspaper as a means for translating their belief in black “chosenness” into plans and programs for black liberation. During the decades leading up to the Civil War, the idea that God had marked black Americans as his chosen people on earth became a central article of faith in northern black communities, with black newspaper editors articulating it in their journals. Benjamin Fagan shows how the early black press helped shape the relationship between black chosenness and the struggles for black freedom and equality in America, in the process transforming the very notion of a chosen American nation. Exploring how cultures of print helped antebellum black Americans apply their faith to struggles grand and small, The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation uses the vast and neglected archive of the early black press to shed new light on many of the central figures and questions of African American studies.
Year: 2016
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-0-8203-494
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes

“Painting the ‘Baronial Castle": Thomas Cole at Featherston Park (Article)
Title: “Painting the ‘Baronial Castle": Thomas Cole at Featherston Park
Author: William L. Coleman
Abstract: Thomas Cole's paintings of the country house of the antebellum agriculturalist and geologist George William Featherstonhaugh have fallen into undeserved obscurity. The mere fact that Cole made "house portraits" goes against received wisdom about his rejection of topographic view painting in favor of a rigorously intellectual and poetic art of landscape. Moreover, the reception history of the three surviving canvases in this series has been clouded by the political disputes period commentators had with the patron. Reexamining existing sources alongside new archival discoveries, William L. Coleman interprets the Featherston Park paintings as early evidence of Cole's abiding concern with the inhabited landscape across media
Year: 2017
Access Model: Subscription only
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Huntington Library Quarterly

Melville in the Arctic (Article)
Title: Melville in the Arctic
Author: Hester Blum
Abstract: Arctic expeditions in search of the missing British explorer Sir John Franklin carried copies of Typee and Omoo in their libraries in two notable examples. How does one read Melville's Polynesian romances in the Arctic? In the context of their interactions with Inuit and other indigenous people of the North, Arctic sailors might have concluded from their reading of Typee or Omoo that white, Western ways were not supreme. Ideologically instantiating Western primacy would have consequences both for indigenous and colonial populations. The story of Melville in the Arctic is a history of refusing national or imperial sovereignty in favor of the open spaces of the sea. © 2018 Melville in the Arctic. Available from: /323694048_Melville_in_the_Arctic [accessed May 11 2018].
Year: 2018
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Access Model: Subscription
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies
Publisher: The Melville Society and Johns Hopkins University Press

'Bitter with the Salt of Continents': Rachel Carson and Oceanic Returns (Article)
Title: 'Bitter with the Salt of Continents': Rachel Carson and Oceanic Returns
Author: Hester Blum
Abstract: Revisiting The Sea Around Us in our moment of anthropogenic climate change, when both ecocritical scholarship and environmental policy are increasingly turning to more oceanic and planetary modes of thinking, compels responses both startling and familiar. I am struck, for one, by how often Rachel Carson invokes deep time not just as a geological fact, but as a theoretical and interpretive rubric. Such all-too-piercing lenses now used for viewing our present moment were not quite available to my eye upon first reading the book nearly twenty years ago. In a textual instantiation of geology that anticipates work on rocks as anthropocenic media presently being done by Dana Luciano, for example, Carson proposes that "the story of how the young planet Earth acquired an ocean … is founded on the testimony of the earth's most ancient rocks" (1991, 3). In a similar vein, the sedimentary layer of the sea floor, which in Carson's quietly moving image accretes as if the longest imaginable snowfall, likewise bears witness, this time in verse: "The sediments are a sort of epic poem of the earth. When we are wise enough, perhaps we can read in them all of past history. For all is written here. In the nature of the materials that compose them and in the arrangement of their successive layers the sediments reflect all that has happened in the waters above them and on the surrounding lands" (76). Not a metaphor, "the book of the sediments" provides its own thin leaves to the skilled interpreter—much as ice core samples do for glaciologists and paleoclimatologists tracking global warming trends, or atmospheric evidence recorded in the earth's stratigraphic record does for geologists determining epochs of geological time
Year: 2017
Access Model: Subscription
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Women's Studies Quarterly