The Public Humanist

Our blog publishes the voices of many contributors who use the humanities to explore our world. Reader commentary is encouraged. Consider contributing – complete form. Editor Tim Binkert.

Literature as Resistance: Nicomedes Santa Cruz

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Nicomedes Santa Cruz worked from within the Spanish décima tradition to stage the recovery of his Afro-Peruvian roots.

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Storytelling and Human Survival

For Memorial Day, a reflection on war and how storytelling can help veterans heal.

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Literature as Resistance: María Nsué Angüé’s Ekomo

Guinean writer María Nsué Angüé’s novel Ekomo explores the liminality of being in a moment of deep crisis.

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Benét and Time Well Spent

You can’t read Stephen Vincent Benét without recognizing his faith in the promise of America. Catch up on this middlebrow writer well worth a re-read.

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Reflections on a Half-century of Teaching

One observation after fifty years spent observing historical trends: we live in perilous times.

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Literature as Resistance: The Works of Rosario Castellanos

Underrated and underread: the work of Mexican feminist writer Rosario Castellanos can be considered a literary act of resistance, a way of carving out a female space in public intellectual life.

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Edna Ferber’s Cimarron

Middlebrow writer Edna Ferber’s 1929 novel Cimarron puts forward questions as relevant today as they were when the novel was first published.

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Rediscovering Middlebrow

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The work of 20th century middlebrow writers like Booth Tarkington is in danger of being forgotten. But it shouldn’t be.

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Patriotism as Civil Religion

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Is patriotism America’s civil religion? Is it, even, a means of reproducing inequality? Francesco Duina conducted in-depth interviews of the patriotic poor in Montana and Alabama, and came away with more questions than answers.

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Cemeteries as Classroom: An Untapped Resource

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Cemeteries are more than final resting places: they can serve as opportunities for students, historians, and community members to learn about history in new and interesting ways—especially in Massachusetts.

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