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Archive: 2018 (76 Posts)

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Baltic Authors of the Interwar Independence Period, 1918-40

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) Building on the 19th-century nationalist flowering of literature in the various Baltic languages, authors in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania created a significant body of writing during the first period of Baltic independence, between World War I and World War II—1918 to 1940. During …

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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 2/16/2018

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, noon -  1 p.m. Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Bushra al-Fadil The Poetry and Literature Center and the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress present “Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Bushra al-Fadil,” on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from noon to 1 p.m. The program is …

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Memories of My Spanish Childhood

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Perez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division.) One of the fondest memories I have of growing up in Spain during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship was reading my favorite comic books, “El Capitán Trueno” (Captain Thunder) and “El Jabato” (Young Wild Boar). For many years, Trueno and Jabato were the most …

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20th Century Images of East Africa’s Swahili Coast Online

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Eve M. Ferguson, Reference Librarian for East Africa, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The name “Zanzibar” often conjures up visions of exotic landscapes populated by Arabian princesses and sultans, palaces by the sea and a vigorous trade of spices, gold and ivory. But for centuries, trade across the Indian …

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Micrography in the Jewish Tradition

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Sharon Horowitz, reference librarian in the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division.) Micrography is minute script written into abstract patterns or formed into figurative designs such as the shape of animals, flowers or human figures. This is a Jewish form of embellishment of Biblical texts, developed …

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New Videos Monthly, 1/31/2018

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

Following are the online recordings (webcasts) of recent public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. To discover more videos, visit the four area studies divisions here: African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic. African and Middle Eastern Division TITLE: The Life & Antecedents of a Peripatetic Persian: Culture and Society in the Last …

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Sanskrit Manuscripts in the South Asian Rare Books Collection

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is post by Jonathan Loar, South Asian Reference Librarian, Asian Division) In 1938, the Library of Congress received a three-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation to establish a project for the development of Indic studies, which was the Library’s first initiative to collect South Asian materials systematically. This grant enabled the project’s director, …

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Minakata Kumagusu and the Tale of the Mountain God

Posted by: Cameron Penwell

(The following is a post by Cameron Penwell, Japanese Reference Librarian, Asian Division) On a shelf in the Japan rare book cage sits a small, unassuming wooden box next to a carefully preserved and tightly rolled scroll. Unfurled, the scroll reveals a hand-written Japanese text alongside fanciful images of anthropomorphic animals that together portray the …

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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 1/19/2018

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 3 p.m. Lecture: A Story in Layers: The Artisan Hands That Make Japanese Woodblock Prints Clair Cuccio, an independent scholar of East Asian woodblock prints and print culture, will discuss how Japanese woodblock prints are created by means of a network of multiple artists in a process that combines individual expertise …