On February 3, the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. Colleen Glenney Boggs, an associate professor of English and women’s and gender studies, will be rooting for the Ravens, she writes in a blog for the Huffington Post. “My loyalties have nothing to do with football, nor Baltimore,” she says. “I’ll be cheering for the only team in the NFL named for a poem.”
In her post, Boggs, the director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities, discusses the connections between 19th-century literature—particularly Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”—gender studies, and sport culture.
“Poe’s poem suggests both the possibilities and the pitfalls of these pleasures: Like the Raven, we can keep repeating the same refrain, and ‘nevermore’ see gender relations change in America,” writes Boggs. “But one of the great things about ‘The Raven’ is that it creates an image and a story that is open to interpretation. The poem is not merely repeating 19th-century attitudes towards women; it is showing us what those attitudes are, and giving us the tools to analyze them—and from there, perhaps, to change them.”
Read the full story, published 1/31/13 on the Huffington Post.