Did you know that as a City of London Libraries member you have remote access to a variety of online resources, including some wonderful journals? Members can remotely search our collections using our EBSCO Discovery Search portals with their library card, with access to thousands of titles. Great for research or if you just want to find out whether we have something you want from the library.
This week’s (relevant to the interests of this tumblarian) journal pick is Captain America’s Empire: Reflections on Identity, Popular Culture, and Post-9/11 Geopolitics.
This article introduces comic books as a medium through which national identity and geopolitical scripts are narrated. This extension of the popular geopolitics literature uses the example of post-11 September 2001 (“9/11”) Captain America comic books to integrate various strands of theory from political geography and the study of nationalism to break new ground in the study of popular culture, identity, and geopolitics. The article begins with an introduction to the character of Captain America and a discussion of the role he plays in the rescaling of American identity and the institutionalization of the nation’s symbolic space. The article continues by showing how visual representations of American landscapes in Captain America were critical to constructing geopolitical “realities.” A reading of post-9/11 issues of the Captain America comic book reveals a nuanced and ultimately ambiguous geopolitical script that interrogates America’s post-9/11 territorialization.
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London Metropolitan Archives’ new exhibition explores London at the beginning of the First World War:
In response to the outbreak of war, the London County Council (LCC) established the emergency measures committee to report on the state of the city and its people. Keeping tabs on food supplies, employment, refugees from Belgium, the effect of recruitment on families and issues such as an apparent increase in number of women drinking in pubs, reports were compiled by council officers and filed at County Hall.
Taking these fascinating reports and building a picture of the city with 100 photographs, along with maps and documents from the period, this exhibition will explore London as it was 100 years ago, looking at changes to the city and the lives of Londoners as the country went to war.
Emergency! London 1914
Guildhall Library’s boxes of poppies have arrived for an exhibition in remembrance of the First World War. The exhibition opens on 4th August when you can come down to the library and, amongst other things, see 8000 poppies hanging from the ceiling.
At the Library: Online Language Courses
Hola, amigos! Comment allez-vous? Rydw i’n iawn diolch.
Wait a minute! Rydw i’n iawn diolch? Yes. That’s Welsh for “I am fine.”
Welcome to Transparent Language Online, a language-learning service with over 80 language options including English for speakers of other languages.
Accessed via the Cheshire Public Library website, library (“la bibliothèque” in French) cardholders can learn everything from Afrikaans to Zulu. Transparent Language Online features listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises, as well as pronunciation analysis, vocabulary exercises, conversational language courses, and video grammar lessons. C’est vrai!
Hey cheshirelibrary, we love TLO! City of London Libraries also offer this (clicky clicky for Londoners) and it really is an awesome language learning tool. You can use this on your desktop as well via Apple/Android apps, and you can also join a community of learners via different social media so you it doesn’t have to be a solitary experience. Highly recommended.
Read the latest blog post from Guildhall Library, The Monster Album:
‘The giant book’ is the largest book in Guildhall Library’s collection. It measures 3 foot six and a half inches high and 5 foot 3 inches wide. It is 8 inches deep. The cover of the book is so large and so heavy that it takes two people to open it – two handles are built into the cover of the book to assist with opening… The end papers of this book are actually made of a vibrant pink silk, rather than paper. Another book is shown here along with a £20 note to give you an idea of scale.
We like big books, we do not lie.