Aired: September 26, 2015

Ferdinand the Cultural Icon

Image via flickr user Lotus Carroll

  • Traces in the Margins (14 min.)

    With: Andy Stauffer (University of Virginia)

    We delve into the stories hidden in the margins of an endangered species:  library books.  A crowd-sourced project Book Traces is documenting the marginalia and inserts of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century books.

  • Ferdinand the Cultural Icon (14 min.)

    With: Sharon McQueen (Old Dominion University)

    The children’s book The Story of Ferdinand was instantly controversial upon publication in 1936.  We hear stories about how Hitler, Gandhi and even Ernest Hemingway responded to the book’s pacifist message.

  • A Burnable Book (10 min.)

    With: Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia)

    Murder, mystery, and poetry come together in the novel A Burnable Book – set in Chaucer’s London.

  • Truth in the Fiction (10 min.)

    With: Faulkner Fox (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

    A new novel explores the complexity of race relations for southerners in the 1980s.

  • Full Speed Ahead (3 min.)

    With: Michael O'Donnell (University of Virginia's College at Wise)

    This professor has been teaching for nearly five decades and has no plans for slowing down.

  • Book Traces

    Once havens for the printed word, libraries across the country are increasingly embracing the digital. As more and more titles become available online, libraries are turning to shared digital collections–rather than physical collections–as a way to save money. Allison Quantz reports on one Virginia professor who’s making a case for preserving the stacks and the pages they hold.

  • newmarginalia

    Finding Marginalia

    Visit this link to learn more about Book Traces, a crowd-sourced web project where people to go into local libraries and take pictures of the hand-written notes they find in the margins of old books.


2 Comments on “Ferdinand the Cultural Icon”

  1. Karen

    Can you tell me more about the book mentioned; The Legend of Mary Fitzhugh? I can’t find it on Google or Amazon and the author’s name isn’t mentioned on your website.

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