Filed under: History and Historians, Corrupting the Youth | Tags: History, snark, smarm, bullshit, Scocca, SOE, historiography
Or, <eye roll> Primary Documents </eye roll>
Tom Scocca’s recent snarking on smarm has got me thinking about the connections between history, as it is written and pursued, and one of the defining literary styles of our time. But before I bloviate over a blog post, here’s the essay: go have a look.
Filed under: Corrupting the Youth, The Past is a Foreign...Something | Tags: Entendres
Or, But Damned If I don’t put it in a presentation
“When antebellum Southerners talked about China, it was their way of thinking back and lying about England.”
That is all.
Jschneid, “Reclining Nude,” Flickr, CC License
Or, Learning to Imitate FTW
SEK’s got a fantastic new post up at Acephalous about a particular technique he uses to teach his student’s how to imitate an academic style of writing. Or, as he puts it “a very long post about teaching non-humanities majors how to fake like they know what they’re talking about.”
Anyone interested in writing, teaching writing, or teaching non-humanities majors would do well to read the piece.
Though he’s framed it as a retention technique — for those science majors who after 2 years of problem sets and Scantrons get to their senior year research papers with no clue how to write in an academic voice — but I think it’s worth reading for the description of his pedagogy within which this technique is embedded, too. I especially like the way he gets the students on the side of good writing and argument by showing them how to take down terrible stuff.
Scott Eric Kaufman, “How to Bootstrap Student Diction,” Acephalous, 5 February 2010
Image cite: the trial, write,” Flickr, CC License
Filed under: Corrupting the Youth | Tags: Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Sci-fi mashup
but a loud kraken is involved
I don’t know if Mark Twain was a sci-fi fan, but given his well known feelings about Jane Austen, I bet he would be enjoying the, recent (and surprisingly durable!), mash-up ridiculousness quite a bit.
Pride and Predators, indeed.
Filed under: Corrupting the Youth | Tags: Book Reviews, Opium, Orestes Brownson
Just about the most honest book review I’ve ever seen:
Confessions of an English Opium Eater. Being an extract from the Life of a Scholar. From the last London Edition. Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1841. 16mo. pp. 190. — This work is very neatly got up, and is withal an interesting book. We suppose we ought to know something about it, but we only know that we have often heard it spoken of, and alluded to, as a remarkable book, and we have found it quite readable. We have certain vague impressions abuot its author, but, Reviewers as we are, and therefore expected to know all things, we must confess ignorance, and acknowledge, who Mr. De Quincy was or is, we know not, at this present.
~”Literary Notices and Criticisms,” Boston Quarterly Review, October 1841, p. 523
The BQR was Orestes Brownson’s literary review and all-around philosophical mouthpiece; Brownson, you’ll recall, was the social reformer and philosopher of Democracy who embraced the state as the organic representation of the people, favored John C. Calhoun’s vision of a “concurrent minority,” and rejected the abolitionist critique of slavery as so much “agitation” on the part of the bourgeoisie. Oh, and a convert to Catholicism who became one of the most important American nineteenth-century intellectuals in that tradition.
He was also, apparently, a hell of a review writer.
Ecstaticist, “Opium Bokeh,” Flickr, CC License
Filed under: Corrupting the Youth | Tags: Education, Learning, Pedagogy, Teaching
Or, Blogger as Teacher-in-Training
Deep in the depths of catching up on e-mail and reading teh interblags, I just found a new blog, and I might be in love.
It’s The Scholar As Teacher, put out by Princeton’s in-house professional development office, the McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning.
Don’t let the bureaucrat’s dream of a originating body throw you: it’s attractive to look at, smartly written to take advantage of the bloggy medium, and, most important, offers some ideas on teaching — both tips and tricks for the classroom, and ways of thinking about teaching more generally.
Not things I personally have much cause to use at the moment (woo hoo summer! boo hoo dissertation!), but I’m filing it away in the category of “good procrastination” (think “good cholesterol”).
Reminds me, in tone and deliciousness of content, of the stuff that the CHNM folks put out.
And, not to be rude, but it’s a bit easier on the eyes than the Tomorrow’s Professor Blog. So there.
PS – “JBFC,” a tag for a lot of the posts over there, stands for “Just Back From Class.”
Image Cite: Ms. Tina, “An Apple for the Teacher (3/365),” Flickr, CC License