Tag archive for Department of English

Convict Labor

How easy was it for a business to lease a group of convicts?

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Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Fugitive

She sheltered a runaway slave. Did he help inspire a novel that shook the world?

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Struggling toward the Promised Land

Rhondda Thomas knows the power of a good story.

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Connecting two cultures

As a poet and as a scholar who studies science communication, Steve Katz finds one not-so-obvious relation between “the two cultures” of the sciences and the humanities: creativity.

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Jumping the ditch

So creativity, Paul says, does not necessarily yield a work that everyone instantly recognizes as good. In many cases, it reconfig­ures our idea of what good is.

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Drive Time

Jillian Weise gets some of her best ideas when she’s driving her car. No wonder her poetry and fiction cover so much ground.

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Somebody had to go.

Sorry about that. Somebody had to go. Couldn’t let everybody off the hook.

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a slave’s life

You got whipped for not working fast enough. You got whipped for not admitting to a minor theft you didn’t commit. You got whipped for praying, for not obeying quickly enough, for taking a muskmelon to keep from starving. And sometimes you got whipped just for the pure sadistic hell of it.

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