JSTOR Daily published around 700 stories in 2019—that’s a lot for our small staff. Here are the greatest hits: our personal favorites and yours. As always, each of these stories includes free, open links to relevant scholarship in JSTOR. Happy New Year!
July 10, 2019
While we’re losing biological diversity, we’re also losing linguistic and cultural diversity at the same time. This is no coincidence.
February 27, 2019
Charlotte Brontë, a woman whose life was steeped in stifled near-romance, refused to write love as ruly, predictable, or safe.
March 28, 2019
According to the extramission theory of vision, our eyes send out beams of elemental fire that spread, nerve like, to create the visual field.
March 28, 2019
In our final security studies column, our columnist posits that security as a permanent mode of government is actually making Americans less secure.
April 17, 2019
Black America talks back to "The Good Gray Poet" at 200.
May 29, 2019
The purse has always been political, a reflection of changing economic realities and gender roles.
July 5, 2019
Sex between people of the same gender has existed for millennia. But anthropologists in sub-Saharan Africa often ignored or distorted those relationships.
August 31, 2019
Prum speaks on Darwin’s idea of sexual selection, the importance of arbitrary traits, and why he could never choose a favorite species of bird.
January 15, 2019
Fake news is spread through online communities that become echo-chambers of like-minded ideas. What's your online community like?
September 25, 2019
J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal scholarship on Beowulf centers a white male gaze. Toni Morrison focused on Grendel and his mother as raced and marginal figures.
October 9, 2019
How a classic Tweety Bird cartoon became a mainstay in linguistics research.
January 16, 2019
Now that the DSM lists severe hoarding as a disorder apart from OCD, psychologists are asking what explains its prevalence.
January 9, 2019
In the 19th century, more working class readers started partaking in contemporary fiction. Modernist literature, however, was specifically not for them.
March 4, 2019
Recently, the health of the honey bees has been a topic of some concern. But many scientists think we should actually be worrying about wild bees instead.
January 5, 2019
In the early-to-mid 20th century, foster children in Canada and elsewhere were placed in practice homes and cared for by home economics students.
March 4, 2019
What you were taught in elementary school about Native Americans not owning land is a myth. The truth is much more complicated.
May 30, 2019
The bacterium that causes the plague emerged relatively recently, as bacterium go. And yet the pandemics it's created have altered the world.
February 14, 2019
Why did Victorian-era gravestones include so many images of clasped hands?
May 8, 2019
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel embraced jazz, while also falling prey to the racist caricatures associated with it.
June 15, 2019
Doctors were talking about the dangers of chronic stress, exhaustion, and anxiety back in 1909, predicting dire consequences if the symptoms were ignored.
May 3, 2019
A century ago, the Flexner Report led to the closure of 75% of U.S. medical schools. It still explains a lot about today’s unequal access to healthcare.
April 16, 2019
If you're concerned about the internet's effects on the world and on yourself, unplugging might not be the answer.
October 24, 2019
Meet John Doe, Frank Capra’s 1941 drama, carries forward the populist themes of his other movies, only with a much darker premise.
August 28, 2019
Machines can write compelling ad copy and solve complex "real life" problems. Should the creative class be worried?
January 10, 2019
The tarantella is named for a peasant woman from southern Italy whose tarantula bite started a contagious dancing fever!
December 17, 2019
Today’s headlines make climate change seem like a recent discovery. But Eunice Newton Foote and others have been piecing it together for centuries.
July 29, 2019
There is a long history of leftist thinkers embracing Satan, usually just as a way to shake up political rhetoric.
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