Sand challenges our understanding of scale because it refuses to settle within a single conceptual framework. Is sand immense, or is it tiny?
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Once upon a time (or, rather, sometime two years ago), a nineteenth-century Americanist (Melissa Gniadek) and an Anglo-Saxonist (Donna Beth Ellard) decided to propose a session for BABEL’s October 2014 meeting in Santa Barbara, CA. But what do an Americanist and Anglo-Saxonist have to say to one another? This was precisely the question that first […]
Two weeks ago, in Santa Barbara, we walked the beach together. (It’s taken us all this time to process, and sometimes hungry children and desperate advisees have to come before blogging!) The Material Collective’s participation in the recent BABEL Working Group meeting at UCSB took the form of a special double “session” where we assembled […]
This past summer I read Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch. It had been recommended to me by a number of people who thought that I, as an art historian, might be particularly interested in the book since the story itself revolves around the title object, a tiny canvas painted in 1654 by […]
A brief bit of inspiration, as we all begin our semesters, from The Material Collective’s Anne Harris, speaking to DePauw’s Class of 2018 about Jean, Duke of Berry, and his books, and inviting us to “approach, approach.”