Word of the Week: Melismatic

As in: “Phonemically, the melismatic sound of ‘screech’ in the first section undergoes tonal inflections that support this theme of socio-political ‘dissonance’” (Nathanson, 2012, p.133).WoW_Melismatic

Marcoux, J. (2012). Jazz griots: Music as history in the 1960s African American poem. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

For definitions of melismatic, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

April is National Poetry Month. You can find this book and many others on display in our reading room, or take a look at the poetry research guide for more ways to celebrate

Word of the Week: Svengali

As in: “Regardless, the owners and many within the media repeatedly attempted to paint [Marvin Miller] as a ‘Svengali’ ‘mesmerizing unsophisticated players into following his lead for his own aggrandizement’” (Nathanson, 2012, p.141).    WoW_Svengali

Nathanson, M. (2012). A People’s history of baseball. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

For definitions of Svengali, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

April 3rd is opening day at Fenway Park! Whether you’re waiting for the game to start or avoiding the crowds at home, you can occupy your time with this and many other titles available online through Ebrary.

Word of the Week: Milieu

As in: “Of course there were women who had been scientists during the war and wanted to be afterward, but in this milieu opportunities dried up and went to male beneficiaries of educations paid for by the GI Bill” (Des Jardins, 2010, p.126).                                       curie

Des Jardins, J. (2010). The Madame Curie complex: the Hidden history of women in science. New York, NY: The Feminist Press.

For definitions of milieu, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

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Word of the Week: Onus

As in: “Harassment from police and guards and anger at the sight of imported BookCoverANeedleABobbinstrikebreakers could have accounted for the growing number of violent clashes. But to ensure the onus of violence plagued the strikers, justified employer demands for peace and order, and brought credit to their antiunion position, the Cloak Manufacturers Association and Burns Detective Agency hired a nonunion cutter as a spy and agent provocateur” (Jensen & Davidson, 1984, p.153).

Jensen, J. M. & Davidon, S. (1984). A Spindle, a bobbin, a strike: Women needleworkers in America. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University press.

March is Women’s History Month. In 2017 we are honoring women’s contributions within the labor movement and the business world. You can read more about this year’s celebrations and honorees at the Women’s History Month Website and the Nation Women’s History Project.

Word of the Week: Historiography

As in: “Green’s The Old Irish World (1912) was significant for its critiques of unionist WoW_Historiographyhistoriography, and because it demonstrated that the older traditions of writing about late medieval and early modern Ireland were being seriously deconstructed and challenged by nationalist historians who had studied the sources” (Smith, 2006, p.51).

Smith, N. R. (2006). A “Manyly study”? Irish women historians, 1868-1949. New York: Palmgrave Macmillan.

  • For definitions of historiography, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrate Irish culture and heritage with films screening for free through Kanopy.

Word of the Week: Corpus

bookcover_learninginaburninghouseAs in:”Even in the corpus of scholarship concerning school desegregation and integration, we see two contrasting perspectives that are strongly correlated to the racial identity of the individuals holding the opinions” (Horsford, 2011, p.77).

Horsford, S.D. (2011). Learning in a burning house: Educational inequality, ideology, and (dis)integration. New York: Teachers College Press.

St. Valentine’s Day

“Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day day (February 14) when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. Although there were several Christian martyrs named Valentine, the day probably took its name from a priest who was martyred about ad 270 by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, the priest signed a letter to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and with whom he had fallen in love, “from your Valentine.” The holiday also had origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century.

Formal messages, or valentines, appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700s commercially printed cards were being used. The first commercial valentines in the United States were printed in the mid-1800s. Valentines commonly depict Cupid, the Roman god of love, along with hearts, traditionally the seat of emotion…”



Encyclopedia Britannica Online, s.v. “Valentine’s Day” http://academic.eb.com.library.emmanuel.edu:2048/levels/collegiate/article/Valentines-Day/74694.

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Word of the Week: Proffer

As in:  “Wilson ingeniously proffers hope in Rose’s views, her words providing a sense of renewal and reconciliation” (Bogumil, 1998, p.50).bookcoverbogumilunderstandin-augustwilsonr

Bogumil, M. L. (1998). Understanding August Wilson. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.