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Cultural Linkage

 

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I designed this website so that it would be easier for students to access class materials and other scholarly and academic resources in one place. When necessary, I include .pdf or Word documents that can be easily downloaded, but I am trying to cut down on the unnecessary distribution of paper—for ecological reasons mostly, but also to reform my reputation so that I am no longer known as the Handout King. The menu to the left consists of the courses I teach regularly, which features syllabi and period-specific links and sites, internal and external. To the right are general web materials that should be useful to students of English history, literature, and culture. Here is my personal webpage.

Van Eyck’s Saint Barbara (Silverpoint on paper, c. 1437)

Since I featured this work on my first teaching web page, I thought I would keep it for the sake of continuity and familiarity, and because it’s such a fabulous piece of art. If you have a chance to see it in person at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, don’t miss it. You may know Van Eyck for his famous painting also from this time, Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife Giovanna Cenami, or, The Arnolfini Marriage, in the National Gallery, UK. St. Barbara (d. 306) is the patron saint of artillerymen, and is associated with lightning and explosives. Her feast day is 4 December. She is often depicted in a contemplative pose, frequently reading, obviously an educated woman, as in the paintings by the Master of Flemalle, Robert Campin.

Coleman Hawkins’s “Body and Soul” (1939)

Enjoy this iconic recording by this master of the saxophone—you will never hear anything better.