Sunday March 9, 2014
This month in the United States is Women's History Month. Yesterday, March 8th, was also International Women's Day, celebrated by Google with a wonderfully uplifting, culturally diverse, "Google Doodle," (or, in this case, music video). Here at About's Classic Lit site, we, too are celebrating women. Some recent articles about Classic Women Writers include:
10 Profound Thoughts from Classic Women Writers
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
Unconventional Heroines from Classic Literature
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
While I am not one who typically qualifies writers into categories, such as gender, nationality, etc., instead preferring to think about literary periods, movements, and influence (as well as, simply, "personal favorites,"), still I think it is important to recognize and celebrate writers who have been or continue to be marginalized in some way, despite their brilliant talent and works.
Some of my favorite (Classic) Women Writers include: Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather, Jane Austen, Flannery O'Connor, Charlotte Bronte, Edith Wharton, and George Eliot.
Who are some of your favorites? Or, to put it another way, what is your favorite work of classic literature written by a woman?
Monday February 17, 2014
Hello, Classic Literature Enthusiasts!
It is a goal of mine to post once per week with a "round-up" of information relevant to this website, including a list of articles that have gone live in each preceding week. Articles post to their category pages, not necessarily to the home page, so I want to make an effort to ensure you all can see what is happening from week to week.
There is a lot of great information already available on the Classic Lit section of About.com, so my goal is to write articles that give new information, discuss new topics, or offer different perspectives on widely discussed subjects. Literature is both constant and ever-changing, a delightful paradox that allows us to continue to approach it creatively!
In the last week, four articles have gone live:
1. Classic Literary Villains (Part One)
2. Celebrating Black History Month: Classic African-American Lit
3. Around the World in 80 Pages: Classic Short Fiction
4. Review: A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat by Arthur Rimbaud
As you can see, there are a variety of topics being covered and in a variety of forms (lists, reviews, narrative approach, etc.). This will probably continue to happen, as my own interests are wide and my styles vary with the topics and with my mood!
That being said, if there is ever anything you are interested in learning more about, or anything you would simply just like to hear my opinion about, please feel free to e-mail me or leave comments and let me know. I will do my best to oblige!
Tuesday February 11, 2014
Hello, Classic Literature Explorers!
I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as your new Classic Literature Guide here at About.com. My name is Adam Burgess and I hail from Chicago, Illinois, where I am happily working indoors as much as possible, these days, while we suffer through one of the worst winters in my remembrance (but, hey, inclement weather is a great excuse to do more reading!).
A brief note on my background, as this can be read on my bio page: I currently hold two degrees in English, Bachelor's-General and Master's-American Literature. I am also a Ph.D. candidate in English with emphases on modern American Literature and Literary Theory & Criticism. I have been teaching courses in English Composition & Rhetoric, Literature, Reading, and Humanities for seven years, and for much of that time I have also been a book reviewer and critic. In addition to all of this, I am one of the founders and current moderators of The Classics Club, an online community devoted to exploring classic literature.
My first post, Classic Literary Villains Part One, is live!
I know I am a new face for many of you, but I have so far received a warm and kind welcome from all of those with whom I have had the pleasure of interacting, and I am grateful for that. I hope that my content, topics, articles, and thoughts on literature will be interesting, thought-provoking, and useful. Please feel free to comment on posts with any questions or with thoughts of your own on the various topics we will be exploring together.
Sunday January 26, 2014
Edna Ferber wrote nine plays, two autobiographies, eleven short story collections, and thirteen novels.
Ferber also created So Big, a novel which received the Pulitzer Prize in 1924, and is considered by many to be the author's most popular work. In a juxtaposition of city and farm life of So Big, Ferber offers an exploration of the journey of life, with all the realities of love, death, failure and success.
As we read the lines, we discover a life, lived right before our eyes...
In So Big, Ferber writes: "He sat looking down at his hands--his fine strong unscarred hands. Suddenly and unreasonably he thought of another pair of hands--his mother's--with the knuckles enlarged, the skin broken--expressive--her life written on them. Scars. She had them."
What do your scars say about you: your life, experience...