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Layovers, Railroads, and Cab Rides

Get it? It’s a play on the movie title Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Clever, right? Fine. You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I’m an easy target. Anyway, once again it’s conference time, that early spring to late summer stretch of hotel meeting rooms with their impossibly narrow chairs and … Continue reading

Where Have All the Blogposts Gone?

Happy February, Novel Ideas fans, readers, and followers! It does seem like there has been a drought in the posts lately, and we certainly want to get back to our usual pace! For now, if you’re curious about what I’ve been doing over the past couple of months (other than putting my program of study together … Continue reading

Flyover States (Part 1)

[This post is the first of a series devoted to the 2012 International Conference on Romanticism. More soon will follow and pick up where this post leaves off.] I’ve never been able to sleep on planes. Actually, I’ve never been able to sleep in any kind of moving vehicle, but planes seem to offer the … Continue reading

Digital Pagans Suckled in a Creed Outworn

“The world is too much with us,” Wordsworth laments at the outset of one of his well-known sonnets. For literary scholars, especially those who study Wordsworth and his contemporaries, the complaint is a familiar one: “we lay waste our powers;— / Little we see in Nature that is ours; / We have given our hearts … Continue reading

Call for Papers – 2013 MVSA Conference, “Victorian Belief/Victorian Doubt”

Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA) Call for Papers – 2013 Conference, “Victorian Belief/Victorian Doubt,” April 12-14, Cleveland, Ohio For our 2013 conference we invite presentations, panels, and entertainments from scholars of art, music, history, history of science, and literature on topics related to Victorian belief and doubt. These could include religions, superstitions, and convictions of … Continue reading

Boulder Papers

Previous posts in Reason & Romanticism have toed the line between blog entry and academic paper, but this one stands squarely in the category of the former. Last night I returned from a five-day stay in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, where I attended the 20th annual British Women Writers Conference. It was my first conference presentation … Continue reading

Call for Papers – Teaching and Knowledge at the Fin de Siècle

Edited Collection CFP: Pedagogies of the End: Teaching and Knowledge at the Fin de Siècle Co-Editors: Dan Bivona, Arizona State University; and Helena Gurfinkel, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville This collection explores a possible relationship between the fin in the fin de siècle (the turn of the nineteenth century) and pedagogy. We welcome essays about … Continue reading

We Have Always Been Romantic

Though literary scholars may investigate and complicate authorship as an object of study—what it means to be an author in a particular place, time, and culture—they rarely venture under the scaffolding of their own authorship as a subject.  We recognize that the Romantic notion of authorship still exerts considerable influence on our production, dissemination, and … Continue reading

Voyeurism and TMI

In an effort to populate Novel Ideas with new material after a fallow period, I’ve adapted the following remarks from a doctoral seminar that I took during the 2011 Fall quarter. Previous “Reason & Romanticism” entries use current films as a way of accessing historically distant literature and ideas, but I don’t want that to … Continue reading

Small Man Trapped in a Box

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are familiar with both the literary and the “meta” in cinema. Their 2006 Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story followed the actors playing proxies of themselves playing roles in a film adaptation of Lawrence Sterne’s eighteenth-century novel about a man trying to represent himself in autobiography. Take a few … Continue reading

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