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Celebrate the Brothers Grimm with fairy-tales scholar Jack Zipes

Folklore and fairy-tales scholar Jack Zipes will visit Miami University to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm's Household Tales in a guest lecture series, Nov. 7 and 8. His public lecture “A Second Glance at Red Riding Hood’s Trials and Tribulations” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in 322 McGuffey and focuses on film adaptation of fairy tales. Zipes’s lectures will be accompanied by short films from recent movie adaptations. You can read more here.

If you want to prepare for this lecture, we have several resources you might be interested in checking out.

We have a fairy tale research guide that might be helpful.

We have books written by Jack Zipes:

The irresistible fairy tale: the cultural and social history of a genre.  King Library (2nd floor) | GR550 .Z59 2012

The enchanted screen: the unknown history of fairy-tale films. King Library (2nd floor) | PN1995.9.F34 Z57 2011

When dreams came true: classical fairy tales and their traditionKing Library (2nd floor) | PN3437 .Z57 2007

Breaking the magic spell: radical theories of folk and fairy tales.  King Library (2nd floor) | GR74 .Z56 2002

We also have collections of Brothers Grimm's tales and books about these tales:

The complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm translated and with an introduction by Jack Zipes. King Library (2nd floor) | PT921 .G628 2003

The annotated Brothers Grimm edited with a preface and notes by Maria Tatar.  King Library (2nd floor) | PT921 .K5613 2004

Tales and translation: the Grimm Tales from pan-Germanic narratives to shared international fairytales by Cay Dollerup.  King Library (2nd floor) | GR166 .D65 1999

The Reception of Grimms' fairy tales: responses, reactions, revisions edited by Donald Haase. King Library (2nd floor) | PT921 .R4 1993 

The brothers Grimm & their critics: folktales and the quest for meaning by Christa Kamenetsky. King Library (2nd floor) | PD63 .K36 1992 

You might also want to look for fairy tales in our Instructional Materials Center and in our Special Collections!

Curl Up With a Horrifying Book!

Just in time for Halloween, we have a new two volume set you might want to check out called The Century's Best Horror Fiction.  It's edited by John Pelan and published by Cemetery Dance Publication.  The call number is PN6120.95.H727 C46 2011, and it's located on the second floor of King.  The editor selected one story published during each year of the 20th Century.  There was only one selection per author and one selection per year.  Booklist describes this book as an "intoxicating reading experience."  Some of the authors included in this collection are H. G. Wells, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, E. F. Benson, Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson.  I found the selections from the beginning of the century especially intriguing!

If you're interested in reading other horror stories for Halloween, you might be interested in some of these titles:

The Year's best fantasy and horror.  King Library (2nd floor) | PN6120.95.F25 Y4

Darkness: two decades of modern horror edited by Ellen Datlow.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS648.H6 D378 2010

Zombies: the recent dead edited by Paula Guran. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6120.95.H727 Z65 2010 

American fantastic tales: terror and the uncanny from the 1940s to now edited by Peter Straub.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS648.H6 A46 2009

Enjoy All Hallow's Read!

"What is Digital Humanities?" Symposium

The Miami University Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship will be hosting a Digital Humanities Symposium on Tuesday October 23rd from 3:00-6:30 in King 320. This half day symposium will introduce faculty, graduate students and librarians to the field of Digital Humanities and begin a dialogue around related issues among interested parties on campus. We have invited two speakers who can shed light on the theories, practices, challenges and controversies and help us begin to examine the potential for Digital Humanities scholarship at Miami University.  This symposium is being sponsored by the Miami University Humanities Center.

Our two speakers will be H. Lewis Ulman, Associate Professor of English and the Director of Digital Media Studies at Ohio State University, and Angela Courtney, Associate Librarian and Head, Arts and Humanities at Indiana University.  H. Lewis Ulman has worked on the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives and will be talking about "What difference does 'digital' make to the humanities?".  Angela Courtney has worked on the Victorian Women Writers Project and will be talking about the collaborations that can happen between libraries and departments around digital humanities projects.

In addition to our two speakers, we will have a presentation about our new Center for Digital Scholarship, demos of projects, and a roundtable of Miami University faculty discussing their projects.  We will have faculty from a variety of departments, including Classics and English.  We will also have refreshments and time for conversation!

We hope to see you there.  If you are interested in attending, please consider filling out our registration form.  It's not required, but it will help us get an idea of who is coming.  Also, feel free to e-mail Arianne Hartsell-Gundy at hartsea@muohio.edu if you have any questions.

Study Abroad Week

Miami University is celebrating Study Abroad Week from September 17th through the 21st.  You can check out the events page here

You might also want to check out the Study Abroad page for information on how to study abroad.

If you are planning on studying abroad soon (or just daydreaming), the library has a lot of helpful resources to help you learn more about the potential country you will be visiting.

We have links to a variety of country profiles.

We have links to international newspapers.

We have a variety of travel guides in our reference collection at King.  Here is just a selection of the titles that we have:

100 Countries, 5000 Ideas: Where to Go - When to Go - What to See - What to Do



The Greek Islands

The Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

Eyewitness Travel: Belgium and Luxembourg

Beijing & Shanghai

You can also find a lot of great maps in our collection.

We will of course have a variety of books about the history, culture, politics, geography, media, etc. about many different countries.  Try doing a search in our book catalog for a country you are interested in and narrowing down to a particular aspect of the country.

Happy traveling (or dreaming)!

Banned Books Week September 30th-October 6th 2012


This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 30th and October 6th. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website.

King Library is marking this week with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library.  Since this month is also Hispanic Heritage Month, this year's display focuses on the 2010 Arizona House Bill 2281, which states that a school in Arizona cannot include in its classes any material that promotes the overthrow of the United States Government, promotes resentment towards a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group, or advocates ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.  The Tucson Unified School District was found to be in violation of this law for offering courses in Mexican-American Studies.  As a result, books and other materials were removed from the K-12 curriculum in Arizona.  You can read about the list of materials that have been removed in this article.

We are featuring some of these titles in our display on the first floor of King and on our Pinterest board.

Here are a couple of the titles that we are featuring:

The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR2833.A2 B35 2008

Woman Hollering Creek, and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros. King Library (2nd floor)

The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic.  King Library (2nd floor) | E184.S75 L355 2011

Twelve Impossible Things before Breakfast: Stories by Jane Yolen.  King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PZ7.Y78 Tw 1997 

United States Government: Democracy in Action by Richard C. Remy.  King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Textbooks | JK274 .R44 2003 SE

Healing Earthquakes: A Love Story in Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.A254 H43 2001

Civil Disobedience: A Solitude and Life without Principle by Henry David Thoreau.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3042 1998

Check the list out for yourself and decide if you think these books should have been removed.

Norton Anthology of English Literature Celebrates 50 Years!


The Norton Anthology of English Literature turns fifty this year. In its honor The New York Times published an interview with the founding editor M.H. Abrams and the current editor Stephen Greenblatt. It's interesting to read their thoughts on the importance of the anthology.

As you might expect, the library has several editions of this anthology. For instance, we have the 8th edition in our circulating collection.

Hamilton Library actually has the original 1962 edition in their library.

In addition to the English Literature Anthology, we of course have several other Norton Anthologies, including:

Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

Norton Anthology of American Literature

Norton Anthology of Literature by Women

Norton Anthology of Short Fiction

In the interview they mention wanting students to be able to carry the book around and read it anywhere, including under a tree. I honestly can't say I ever remember willingly carrying the book around with me because the edition I had was rather heavy. Still that edition has stayed with me over the years, and I do sometimes still refer back to it! Here's hoping that future generations of students continue to find this anthology useful.

Writing Contest for First-Year Students

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence and the Office of Liberal Education are sponsoring a writing contest for first-year students this year. They are offering 16 prizes of $100 a piece for the best compositions by incoming first-year students that are based on the book selected for this year’s Summer Reading Program, Jess Goodell’s Shade It Black. Your entry may be in written, digital, or other form. Written submission are to be 350 to 500 words. Audio and videos up to three minutes long. The deadline is midnight, October 2, 2012. You can find out more details here.

If you're interested in reading the book, we have multiple copies here at Miami University Libraries (DS79.766.G63 A3 2011). You can also request a copy through OhioLINK.

We have displays about this summer reading program selection on the first floor of King and in our Special Collections. You can find out more details about the Special Collections materials here.

Native American Writing


We have a new four volume set called Native American Writing. It's edited by A. Robert Lee and can be checked out from the second floor of King. The call number is PS153.I52 N395 2011.

The editor of this work is considered a leader in the field. He is Professor of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo. Gerald Vizenor, a Native American Writer who has written many books, including Bear Island: The War at Sugar Point and Chancers, says that this collection "presents the creative, critical, and historical essence of contemporary continental literature, a generous, learned tour de force, and the very first comprehensive tour d'horizon of the literature of Native American Indians."

Each volume includes different parts. Volume one has Native American Literary Statements, Overviews, Theory Perspectives, and Oral traditions and legacies. Volume two has selected autobiographical studies, Modern Native autobiographies, and Early modern Native American writing. Volume three has Modern Native American fiction. Volume four has Native American poetry, Native American drama, and Selected First Nations/Canadian writing. Each part includes different essays written by scholars. The Native American Literary Statements part is especially interesting because it features statements written by Native American writers themselves about what Native American Literature means. As described in the introduction, it gives an "inside track as to viewpoint, aspiration, worlds actual and imagined, in all the very status of Native texts" (22).

There is also a Historical Chronology and an extensive bibliography of Native American writing at the beginning of volume one. Volume four has a very useful index for the whole set.

A large number of writers are represented in these essays. Many important themes and theories are explored. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Native American writing would be well served exploring this four volume set.

Natasha Trethewey was recently named the 19th US Poet Laureate


Natasha Trethewey was recently named the 19th US Poet Laureate. Some people at Miami University may remember that she came to do a reading here in 2008. You can actually see videos of her reading at Miami at this website.

Here are several articles about her recent appointment:

New Laureate Looks Deep Into Memory

Poet Laureate: 'Poetry's Always A Kind Of Faith'

Who Is the New Poet Laureate?

If you'd like to read some of her poetry, we have several of her collections:

Bellocq's Ophelia: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 B45 2002

Native Guard. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 N38 2006

Domestic Work: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 D66 2000

You might also be interested in her recent collection of essays, poems, and letters about the effects of Hurricane Katrina:

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 B49 2010

Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels Database


We now have access to the Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels database. This primary source database focuses on North American and European adult comic books and graphic novels. The collection includes original material from the 1960s to today along with interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism from journals, books, and magazines.

You can browse characters, genres, people, publishers, series, and subjects. You can also search categories like art credits, story credits, story nationality, coloring, material type, etc. The search options will allow you to narrow your searches down to specific artists and kinds of artwork.


Since there are so many full color images, some of the material can be slow to load, so be a little patient when looking at materials.

Your patience will be well rewarded though. There are so many cool comics included in this resource, like Cerebus the Aardvark, Wimmen's Comix, Dynamite Damsels, Alien Fire, Addicted to War, American Splendor, etc.

Check this resource out today!





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