Holly Metz, author of Killing the Poormaster: A Sage of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression, describes the killing of Harry Barck and the malnourished Hoboken father who entered Barck’s office one morning in hopes of receiving public aid for his young family.
Holly Metz, author of Killing the Poormaster: A Sage of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression, discusses depression-era Poormaster Harry Barck; was Barck a respected supporter of the Democratic political machine or a ruthless symbol of political power?
Does it matter that Romeo and Juliet takes place in Verona, or would the story be the same no matter where it was set? Does place affect our literature? On this episode of Humanities Connection, Neil Baldwin, Montclair State University, Jim Bloom, Muhlenberg College, and Victoria Larson, Montclair State University, discuss how place shapes our cultural expressions. Inspired by the lecture series, Jersey: A Sense of Place, this episode focuses on how New Jersey affected two important American writers: Philip Roth and William Carlos Williams. As told to host Bob Mann, the Garden State had a deep affect on each of these very different artists.
Great literature expresses universal themes often through the use of very specific, concrete details, including place. Vicky Larson discusses the role of place and her series, Jersey: A Sense of Place.
Neil Baldwin talks about William Carlos Williams, who he sees not only as a great writer and the subject of his scholarship, but as a role model of a writer who combined art with a career as a physician.
Considered one of the greatest American authors, Philip Roth set many of his books in his hometown, Newark, NJ. Jim Bloom talks about the effect of setting on Goodbye, Columbus, what he calls “the Jewish version of The Great Gatsby.”
With bestseller lists (and movie theaters) full of stories of teens and tweens battling their way through dystopian futures, it’s clear that adolescence has changed. While young adult literature has been around for generations, it’s transformed in recent years, becoming hugely popular genre with young people and adults in the process. The content has changed too, as Dr. Laura Nicosia, author of Educators Online: Preparing Today’s Teachers for Tomorrow’s Digital Literacies and professor of English at Montclair State University, and Flynn Meaney, author of two young adult novels, discuss in this episode of Humanities Connection. As the world around us becomes increasingly troubled, the literature of adolescence has become darker in tone.
What is dystopian fiction? Why are young adults so fascinated by vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures? Laura Nicosia and Flynn Meaney discuss why adolescence and dystopia work so well together.
Young adult literature reflects young people’s concerns in historical moments. In this clip, Laura Nicosia talks about how young adult literature has changed over the last half-century and why.
Flynn Meaney, author of two successful young adult novels, talks about how she came to write YA lit, when she was only a few years older than her characters.