Frontiers - Art

  • April 2011

    The Politics of Style

    Historian Kathy Peiss' new book traces the turbulent history of the zoot suit.

    Last month, the Florida Senate approved a measure prohibiting students from wearing clothes that expose underwear or “indecently” reveal the body at school.

  • April 2011

    Tying the Royal Knot

    David Wallace takes us behind the scenes at the royal wedding.

    Chances are no matter where you are on April 29, 2011, barring a storm bunker, you will overhear someone discussing Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding. The event is to be simulcast across practically every news station in the world—it even has its own official YouTube channel.

  • April 2011

    Risky Language

    Graduate student Václav Paris explores Ulysses' battle with censorship.

    On June 16, hundreds of James Joyce fans will gather on the steps of Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library to partake in its annual celebration of Bloomsday, the day on which protagonist Leopold Bloom made his “odyssey” through Dublin in <

  • April 2011

    Two Minds, One Heart

    Undergraduate Kaneesha Parsard delves into the storied history of indentured Indian labor in the Caribbean.

    Kaneesha Parsard was intrigued by her diverse cultural background from a young age. The daughter of Jamaican parents, Parsard's paternal grandfather is Indian, a lineage that is steeped in rich historical context.

  • March 2011

    Outside the Lines

    Senior Valeria Tsygankova studies the Bishops' Bible as a material text to examine the relationship between religion and state in Elizabethan England.

    Religious texts are often deemed timeless, but as the King James Bible celebrates its 400th anniversary this year, we are reminded that they are products of history as well.

  • March 2011

    Fashioning a Nation

    Graduate student Marie Grace Brown explores how women participated in constructing Sudan's national identity during the country's independence movement.

    As the battle in Libya between rebels and Muammar el-Qaddafi’s regime grows increasingly violent and protests and uprisings engulf the Arab world, it’s easy to forget that Africa’s largest nation has been engaged in its own—albeit more quiet—revolution. In a referendum in January, the people of Southern Sudan overwhelmingly supported the division of the country into two.

  • March 2011

    An Inevitable Revolution

    In this video Q&A, Eve Troutt Powell provides a historian's perspective on the Egyptian uprising.

    As the most populous country in the Arab world prepares for its new future, Frontiers sat down with Troutt Powell to discuss its past. In this video Q&A, she talks about the forces of history behind the revolution, its key players and its transformative impact around the world.

  • December 2010

    Math Games

    Junior David Dunning explores mathematic themes in the works of author David Foster Wallace.

    Tennis ball trajectories are not often charted using parabolas—unless it's a David Foster Wallace novel. It's this exact combination of mathematics and literature that has always fascinated junior David Dunning, who aptly enough, is a double major in the two subjects, as well as a minor in philosophy.

  • November 2010

    Reading the Past

    A summer internship transports senior Suzie Connell into the thick of the Dreyfus Affair.

    Amidst all the current hand-wringing over the potential death of print, it's hard to imagine a time when newspapers, posters and postcards could galvanize an entire country around an issue. But this past summer, senior Suzie Connell traveled to just such a period.

  • November 2010

    The Many Faces of Marriage

    Department of History doctoral candidate William Kuby reveals centuries-old marriage practices that shed light on contemporary debate.

    Personal ads, whether stuck in the back of a newspaper or posted on an online dating website, range from endearing to banal. Abbreviations like SWF have become ubiquitous in pop culture, even spawning movie titles.