Angelina Stanford

Angelina Stanford has an MA in English literature from the University of Louisiana, graduating Phi Kappa Phi, and has taught in various Christian classical classrooms for over 20 years.  She is currently teaching the Great Books online to high school students at the Harvey Center for Family Learning and recently joined the online faculty of the Circe Academy.  She’s also the co-star of the popular Circe podcast “Close Reads.”  She has a particular interest in myths, fairy tales, and understanding literature through the study of mythological archetypes and biblical typologies—as well as a mild obsession with the influence of Celtic fairy stories and Celtic Christianity on the development of British literature.  She also has a more than mild obsession with Wendell Berry.​​

Angelina Stanford Feb 11, 2016

In his 1755 essay “The Modern Prometheus,” Immanuel Kant cautioned mankind against defying the natural order of things.

“There is such a thing as right taste in natural science, which knows how to distinguish the wild extravagances of unbridled curiosity from cautious judgements of reasonable credibility. From the Prometheus of recent times Mr. Franklin, who wanted to disarm the thunder, down to the man who wants to extinguish the fire in the workshop of Vulcanus, all these endeavors result in the humiliating reminder that Man never can be anything more than a man.”

Angelina Stanford Apr 13, 2015

Sometimes a book falls into your hands at exactly the right moment.

Angelina Stanford Mar 18, 2015

At 80 years old, Wendell Berry shows no signs of slowing down. Usually courting controversy is a young man’s sport, but in his latest collection of essays, Our Only World, the prolific writer reminds his readers that he’s not settling into a quiet retirement! His willingness to risk controversy—and even enjoy it—motivates him to take on some of the most divisive issues of our day. And in typical fashion, he offers no easy solutions, no party talking points, while taking positions that will likely anger folks on both sides. In other words, this book is terrific!

Angelina Stanford Oct 9, 2014

Beowulf, like The Odyssey, opens with a hidden main character.  Even though he is the protagonist and the title of the poem, our hero doesn’t show up until line 297, and even then he isn’t named until line 345. Instead the poet carefully sets the stage for the arrival of Beowulf by telling us a whole lot about the Danish king, Hrothgar.

Angelina Stanford Sep 23, 2014

Beowulf is the sort of work that gives some Christians fits.  It’s a poem about a pagan warrior in a pagan culture written by a Christian poet for a Christian audience.

Angelina Stanford Jun 27, 2014

I did not grow up in home filled with love. Instead I grew up in a home dominated by the mental illness of one of my parents. As a result I never learned how to love or how to be loved. My dominant parent was always happy to love in us those traits and interests which mirrored his own, but anything outside of that small category was not only not appreciated but generally despised. Not surprisingly the children in my family who were least like my father grew up feeling very unloved and unaccepted in their own family.

Angelina Stanford Jan 24, 2014

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s “own,” or “real” life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s “real life” is a phantom of one’s own imagination.   

- C.S. Lewis

Angelina Stanford Oct 4, 2013

On a whim I picked up a couple of books on Katherine of Aragon at a recent library sale. I found myself quickly fascinated with this woman who is so often overshadowed by her replacement, Anne Boleyn. In particular I was intrigued by the rigorous classical education she received.

Angelina Stanford Apr 12, 2013

In his classic work, Economics in One Lesson, New Deal-era economist Henry Hazlitt critiques modern liberal economic theory. His analysis is interesting and extremely relevant to the current debate surrounding our own economic crisis. Why do the liberal economists win the day? How do they succeed in convincing people that government intervention in the economy will work—despite so much evidence to the contrary?

Angelina Stanford Jan 14, 2013

Les Misérables (musical)

Les Misérables (musical) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)