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: October 2012

Fitzgerald, Football, and a Coloring Book

F. Scott Fitzgerald loved football. He played on his prep school football team and in 1911 his first published poem, “Football,” appeared in the school newspaper. The poem stands out primarily for its author’s enthusiastic use of a highly detailed play-by-play structure: Now they’re ready, now they’re waiting, Now he’s going to place the ball…. continue reading
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Our Book: The Great Gatsby

The announcement was made today on UConn’s homepage: our UConn Reads book this year is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It’s a great choice and the Steering Committee’s decision reflects a strong consensus reached after much friendly discussion (for more on that discussion, see the announcement article on UConn Today). So what does it… continue reading
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Four Finalists: Reading and Writing A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway’s first major critical and financial success, A Farewell to Arms is based on Hemingway’s own experience in World War I. It tells the love story of American ambulance-driver Frederic Henry and English nurse Catherine Barkley. Hemingway’s intense, focused language vividly conveys the emotional and physical challenges of war, as well as the strange… continue reading
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Four Finalists: Their Eyes Were Watching God

It may seem strange to begin a post about one writer by first addressing another, but like so many readers, I came to Zora Neale Hurston through Alice Walker. Walker is widely credited for sparking renewed interest in Hurston’s work in the 1970s. She helped to see that Hurston’s works were reprinted and the focus… continue reading
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Four Finalists: One Hundred Years of Solitude – The First Page

“Things have a life of their own,” the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. “It’s simply a matter of waking up their souls.” Melquíades, the gypsy, has brought magnets to Macondo, and that is how he is describing their marvelous ability to draw nails from wood and make pots crash down from shelves. José Arcadio… continue reading
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