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Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Mary Arnold 
 Article Title :: Critique of Good Faith and Truthful Ignorance
Alexandra Cook's and Noble Cook's text, Good Faith and Truthful Ignorance, traced the lives of an early settler of the New World and his two wives. The authors' purpose in writing this book was to provide modern readers with a "mirror of a segment of Spanish society in the sixteenth century, the middle class and minor nobility" (Cook xii). The authors explored all facets of this society: their values and customs, legal structure, their economy, and their home life.The authors wove together the story of this man's life with other historical background information, legal procedures, and the social mores of the time so skillfully that the reader did not become bogged down in mu  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Tamar Mason 
 Article Title :: Artists Books in South Africa
An artists book is a limited edition book that is produced by an artist or by a collective and that has aspects of handmade work in it. The artists book has an edition number and is signed by the artist/s who have worked on the book as well as by the writer of the text if this is relevant. The artists book may be in the form of hand printed lithographs, lino cuts, letterpress or even hand written. They are often made using an unconventional format and unusual binding. There are not that many artists in South Africa who make artists books (it is a time consuming process and is something that the general public are not really aware of).Artists books allow arti  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Tamar Mason 
 Article Title :: Black Printmakers in South Africa
Black printmakers have a long history in the South African art world. Many of South Africa's top Black artists, both past and present are also printmakers. Black printmakers who are established artists are survivors of the dysfunctional society that existed during the apartheid era and are a constant source of inspiration to a younger generation of Black printmakers.There are a few Black printmakers who worked almost exclusively in print. Among these are the late John Muafangejo (a Namibian artist), Dan Rakgoathe and Cyprian Shilakoe. All three artists played a valuable role in establishing a sound base for future generations of black printmakers to work on an  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Tamar Mason 
 Article Title :: Investing in Original Prints
An original print refers to a wide range of printing media and usually indicates that the work has been produced by hand as opposed to mass printing done on a commercial printing press such as those used to produce magazines and advertising posters. A reproduction is when a printed image is made of something that was not a print in its original form. Thus an oil painting can be reproduced as a print but it is not a genuine original print. Often such reproductions are hand signed by the artist and are sold as original prints when in fact they are not. This comes about as there is so little awareness about what an original print is.People are also led to believe t  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Tamar Mason 
 Article Title :: What is a Limited Edition Print?
Limited edition refers to the number of prints that are available for that particular artwork. The number of prints in a limited edition is determined by the artist, printer and when applicable, the publisher. Limited edition prints that are printed by hand and that are thus original artworks are usually fairly small in quantity. In South Africa most limited editions consist of less than a hundred prints. The print number of a limited edition is usually written in pencil in the bottom left hand corner of the print.In a limited edition print you will get the following: numbered prints, artists proofs, workshop proofs and printers proofs. There will also be a Bon   (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Mary Arnold 
 Article Title :: Assimilation or Resistance: A Comparison of Two African American novels
These two novels are divergent in regards to time frame, family relationship, and class. The female protagonists are both young, African Americans but their lives are complete opposites. Before reading these texts, the only African American literature that I had read and studied have been slave narratives, such as Frederick Douglas' and Celia, A Slave. These texts showed me that even after emancipation, African Americans were still oppressed, first with segregation and then poverty.Baby of the Family is a story of assimilation. Lena's family, even though they live in a segregated society, are joining the white culture as much as possible. They are definitely middle cl  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Mary Arnold 
 Article Title :: Two Versions of the American Dream
"The American Dream" consists of the old rags-to-riches story as pictured in the books written by Horatio Alger. The American dominant culture has tried to convince themselves and others that America is the "land of opportunity"; that if a person works hard and has "luck and pluck" that person can achieve his or her dreams of riches and success. The American Dream is not aobut equality, because it is assumed that all are equal (among the WASPs). In contrast, the African American dream is about equality and freedom.In Martin Luther King’s famous speech "I Have a Dream," he says "the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimi  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Layla Dean 
 Article Title :: Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
British painter, designer, and illustrator Sir Edward Burne-Jones is one of the most well known of the second generation Pre-Raphaelite artists. Born in Birmingham, Burne-Jones mother died six days after giving birth. Having no siblings the lonely child escaped to the world of drawing. Burne-Jones studied theology at Exeter College in Oxford where he met fellow poet and artist William Morris. The two read the writings of Ruskin and studied and the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites and decided they should devote their lives to art. In 1856, he met Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who became a great influence on directing Burne-Jones art.In 1860, Burne-Jones married Georgiana Macdonald. Know  (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Mary Arnold 
 Article Title :: Mill's On Liberty
In his essay, On Liberty, John Stuart Mill discusses what he believes to be the greatest obstacle to individuality: the tyranny of the majority (Mill 7). This tyranny of the majority is the ability of society to impress their own beliefs and values onto other members of society who do not willingly adhere to these beliefs, but rather are compelled in this acquiescence (Mill 7). Mill asserts that this compulsion to conform to public opinion prevents the development of individuality among the community (Mill 7). In his discussion, Mill explains his conception of the characteristics of individuality, and the role of individuals in society.Mill claims that the goal of the ideal   (read full article)
Category :: Humanities Articles Author :: Anastasia Dukhnina 
 Article Title :: Peter and Paul Fortress and the Birthday of St. Petersburg, Russia
The city of St. Petersburg is celebrating its 303 anniversary this year. Nowadays it is a megapolis with a population of more that 5 million people, a city with a fascinating history and culture.However, if we could look at these lands back in the year 1703, we would find vast marshy lands and small villages scattered here and there. The foundation of the city dates to the time of the first construction at this place - Peter and Paul Fortress.Peter and Paul Fortress was founded in May 1703. After the series of successful military actions against Sweden, Russian troops pushed the border far northwest, thus reconstructing the original boundaries of 1613 and gaining the outle  (read full article)
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