“‘Tis a Strange Truth”: Reading Race, Humanity, and Othello

I come to Othello through a twisted confluence of experiences that I now take as proof of this play's potential relevance to modern readers. Whenever I entertain the idea of reading Shakespeare, I feel the burden of attempting to experience something too meaningful for me to appreciate...and so I don't. But these mis-starts have served to make me well-versed in the meaning of pretense. And after years of study and avoidance, I am convinced that to understand the texts by, with, through, and around which we fashion our lives, we would do well to understand the pretext that always accompanies the phenomena of reading and being read.

#AARSBL17: Skin in the Game–Racing the Stakes of Student-Scholarship

This weekend, Dr. Richard Newton will be at the annual meetings of the North American Association for the Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Biblical Literature to share some of his work on pedagogy. Whether you're there physically or keeping up from afar, we'll bring you updates from the field here at Sowing the … Continue reading #AARSBL17: Skin in the Game–Racing the Stakes of Student-Scholarship

Where are They Now? Hannah Ciocco

A College Student with a Case of Museum Wanderlust

As a History Major with a minor in Art History and Religious Studies, Elizabethtown College student Hannah Ciocco has found a way to create a project that combined all her interests over the summer. We talk to Hannah about her project and where she is going with it.  Describe the genesis of the project. How … Continue reading Where are They Now? Hannah Ciocco

Making Masculinity: Reflections on Hoover and Coates’ Does God Make the Man: Media, Religion, and Gendered Identity.

In this series, "The Textures of Sexuality," we have undergraduate students from two schools considering how the body is implicated in the storytelling devices used in popular media. Elizabethtown College student Chandler McLaren also considers Stewart M. Hoover and Curtis D. Coats'  Does God Make the Man: Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity, (New York: New York University … Continue reading Making Masculinity: Reflections on Hoover and Coates’ Does God Make the Man: Media, Religion, and Gendered Identity.

American Masculinity and Media Crisis

In this series, "The Textures of Sexuality," we have undergraduate students from two schools considering how the body is implicated in storytelling devices used in popular media. Elizabethtown College student Hannah Ciocco begins with a discussion of Stewart M. Hoover and Curtis D. Coats'  Does God Make the Man: Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity, (New … Continue reading American Masculinity and Media Crisis