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Laura Gibbs

Week 4 Myth-Folklore Curation

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As before, I'm grabbing one item from the Known stream, one from Pinterest, and one from Twitter.

My favorite Known item is this lovely exhibit from the State Library of Victoria (Australia): Love and Devotion from Persia and Beyond. There are so many great stories and images here!

My favorite item pinned at PInterest was this item from Digital Public Library of America: The map of famous pirates Buccaneers and Freebooters, who roamed the seas during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. You can see a larger view here.

Here is a detail view:

And my favorite item that I found via Twitter is this interactive map of Odysseus's Odyssey:

Laura Gibbs

Week 3 Myth-Folklore Curation

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As before, I'm grabbing one item from the Known stream, one from Pinterest, and one from Twitter.

From Known, a post about Mark Twain's hilarious Diary of Eve (with Adam's Diary also). Mark Twain would have fit right into the spirit of this class. :-)

Eve's Diary by Mark Twain

(also containing extracts of Adam's Diary)


From Pinterest, I pinned my friend Dirk Puehl's post about the amazing illustration, Arthur Rackham, including this illustration for Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens:

And my favorite discovery at Twitter was this illustration for the Sanskrit classic, sometimes known as Vikram and the Vampire; it's called Twenty-Two Goblins in the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook unti that some people may be reading this week!

Laura Gibbs

Week 2 Curation: Myth-Folklore

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Like last week, I'm posting here one item from my Myth-Folklore Pinterest Board, one item from my Myth-Folklore Twitter stream, and one item from Myth-Folklore Known as my contribution for this week.

At Pinterest, I pinned this post from OpenCulture (one of my favorite blogs!), Download Over 22,000 Golden & Silver Age Comic Books from the Comic Book Plus Archive, and here is a direct link to the Public Domain Comic Book Plus Archive. So much fun! Here is just one of many comic books that grabbed my attention: Space DetectiveMEET the AVENGER and TEENA, interplanetary crime fighters! In everyday life, they are wealthy, young aristocrat Rod Hathway and his lovely secretary Dot Kenny... but when a band of space pirates led by Maag, a Martian renegade, threatens the big space liner "Star Queen," Rod swings into action in his secret identity as THE SPACE DETECTIVE!

At Twitter, I was delighted by this share from Project Gutenberg: it is a book containing a long poem by William Morris about the Pygmalion legend, illustrated by paintings of the story by Edward Burne-Jones: Pygmalion and the Image. The images in the book are not in full color, but you can find the full-color images elsewhere online. I was excited to find this because I am such a fan of these paintings, by I never knew about the William Morris poem to go with them.

Here is that painting in color from the Wikipedia article about the Pygmalion cycle; this is the moment when the goddess Venus (Aphrodite) awakens the statue:


For my third item: I was astounded by this depiction of the supernatural Islamic horse called Al-Buraq that Google Art Project shared from the New Delhi Museum. You can read more about the image at my Known post, and there is a good article at Wikipedia about Al-Buraq.

Laura Gibbs

Week 1 Curation: Myth-Folklore

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Although this is somsthing people won't be doing in class until Week 2, I thought I would get started and do a sample post here at the Known with my three favorite finds from the world of Myth-Folklore this week. Limiting myself to just three is HARD. To make that easier, I'm going to pick just one from the three main spaces where I curate stuff: here at Known, at Twitter, and at Pinterest.

Something I saved over at my Myth-Folklore Pinterest Board this week is this: Hathor the Golden Calf. This is an animation that Nina Paley (I should say the GENIUS Nina Paley) will be using in her next film. You can follow the progress of the film as she shares animations and stills at her blog. The people in Indian Epics will be watching Nina's film about the Ramayana, Sita Sings the Blues, in a couple of weeks, and I am really excited about that. For years, Nina has been one of my biggest heroes online! And students in Myth-Folklore will meet the goddess Hathor in the Egypt unit of the UnTextbook!


In the Twitter stream this past week for , here's something I really liked: David Meadows, a.k.a. Rogue Classicist, shared this gorgeous painting of Odysseus tied to the mast in order to hear the Sirens' song. The painting is by Kurasov.You can read about Odysseus and the Sirens in the Odyssey unit in the UnTextbook!

I did not know who Kurasov was so I looked him up: Georgy Kurasov is a contemporary Cubist painter! This is his website: Kurasov Fine Art.



And for my third item, I looked in the stream here at Known and chose this item from our own Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum. It is a HUGE sculpture of the Sphinx by Botero. Isn't that amazing? It's on campus, so go take a look if you have a chance. Take a picture with your phone and post it in your blog if you get a really good shot! You can find out more at my Known post: The Sphinx.