Reading for UConn Reads

By Anne D'Alleva

Explore the world of classic fiction and participate in the selection process for UConn Reads 2012-13 with Anne D'Alleva, Associate Professor of Art History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Chair of the UConn Reads Steering Committee.

Monthly Archives: July 2012

Booklist Sneak Peek #3: The Coming-of-Age Story

A coming-of-age story focuses on the protagonist’s journey toward adulthood, toward social, emotional, and moral maturity and finding a place in the world. It’s a genre with a lot of resonance for the UConn community, which includes a large population of young adults, and not surprisingly, the UConn Reads nomination list includes several classic examples…. continue reading
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One More List!

I can’t help it – one more booklist…. A few weeks ago, the Library of Congress opened a fantastic exhibition, “Books That Shaped America,” as part of their multi-year Celebration of the Book. The LoC website presents all eighty-eight books featured in the exhibition, with commentary. The fundamental criterion for inclusion in this list was… continue reading
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Stumped?

For those of us who would like to nominate a book but can’t quite find one that seems right, Francine DeFranco, UCL librarian and member of the UConnReads Steering Committee, compiled a very helpful list of websites. I drank far too much iced coffee yesterday and was awake in the wee hours, so I decided… continue reading
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Booklist Sneak Peek #2: Women Writers

Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë – is anyone surprised to find them on the nomination list? Like so many others, I discovered these authors as a young reader and go back to them again and again. Their books are life companions to me. There’s a richness of women writers on our UConn Reads list…. continue reading
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Classic Literature: A Global Perspective

Almost two hundred years ago the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe famously declared that national schools of literature were a thing of the past: “National literature is now a rather unmeaning term; the epoch of World-literature is at hand, and everyone must strive to hasten its approach.” The rest of us may have taken… continue reading
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