Grimoiria

An eager PhD scholar in history with a love of books and fantasy.

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    Fear and Risk in Children's Literature

    The constant messaging nowadays to "stay safe" seems at odds with most of the books written for children in elementary school. Fairy tales, adventure stories, and even classic and seemingly gentle books like "The Secret Garden," encourage children to face their fears, take risks and stand up for what they believe in, even if it endangers themselves.

    How are today’s children to interpret characters like the Pevensies in Narnia, Lina and Doon from the City of Ember, or Parvana from "The Breadwinner," in the context of risk-averse messaging? Do these kinds of stories still reflect our values, and what kind of benefits do children get from them?

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      My thesis advisor for my history MA once commented on how I seem to prefer my history “fictionalized” so I relate very well to this article. I have also found there to be an interesting dialogue building in the disciplines of archaeology and museum studies that argues that all history is inherently presentist… it seems to really depend on what you think the purpose of history is.

      Historical Fiction: Understanding the Past Through Gould's Book of Fish and Wanting

      This is very interesting, I would think partly due to Tolkien’s strong relationship with the Catholic faith. He was also a professor who knew Old Norse mythology, and was well versed in the folklore of trolls under bridges demanding answers to riddles, so Tolkien would have known those bawdy versions quite well.

      Riddles in Rhetoric: Learning from Bilbo and Gollum about Linguistic Segregation

      I adore a great musical film. Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” is still one of my all-time favorites, and “The Greatest Showman” is ‘spectacular.’ When done well, I think the heightened artifice of song and dance complements the medium really well.

      Using Musical Theater as a Literary Muse