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Suspending Suspense

Dear Reader, No, it’s not a ruse – you’re actually in the presence of a new Novel Ideas post!  The editors and I would be morally remiss if we refused to accept responsibility for any psychological distress you undoubtedly endured as a result of this extended communication hiatus.  What’s more, this gap renders our most … Continue reading

A Modest Entreaty

Dear Reader, Warmest greetings from your favorite long-nineteenth-century blog publicist!  The Novel Ideas editors and I are endlessly appreciative of your support for this burgeoning blog endeavor; the project would surely founder without the unwavering commitment of our beloved readership.1  It is with this sobering fact in mind that I (alongside renown satirist Jonathan Swift) … Continue reading

No, I Really Mean It

I was browsing through the Chronicle’s “Era in Ideas” feature, the last of which is on tolerance. In this section, Omid Safi, a professor of religious studies, explores the titular concept in the context of the States’ post-9/11 “discourse about Islam and Muslims.” I’m not writing about politics, though. Sometimes an unrelated sequence of actions … Continue reading

I Pray the Store My Books to Keep

After learning of the Borders liquidation bid, I, akin to many a blue-blooded bibliophile, donned the proper mourning clothes and entered a state of reflective solemnity.  A prominent literary stomping ground – a corporate giant of a literary stomping ground – gone the way of countless independently run “Shops Around the Corner” (see:  You’ve Got … Continue reading

Marie Antoinette Wore Converse

For the first time in my adult life, I receive more than fifteen channels. The basic package seems like the cheapest option (and it is, technically), but it’s probably one of the worst values in terms of what you get for your money, unless you really like televised church sermons, daytime talk shows, reality TV, … Continue reading

Cheaters Never Prosper

Chronicle writer Marc Perry’s “NYU Prof Vows Never to Probe Cheating Again—and Faces a Backlash” will certainly elicit polarized reactions (as it already has in the comments section), but it’s imperative that humanities educators, especially those who teach writing-intensive courses, recognize that dealing with cheating/plagiarism can be a huge time-suck and can lead to a hostile … Continue reading

A New Way to Brontë

Yes, apparently your name can become a verb if you ascend to a supreme level of literary and cultural prominence. Cary Fukunaga accepted the challenge of adding to the ever-expanding Brontë lexicon by directing a film re-adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s most celebrated work, Jane Eyre – and he succeeded admirably. Fukunaga’s production of this beloved novel, … Continue reading

Conference Calls

Today’s offerings on Inside Higher Ed include the straightforwardly titled “End Large Conferences,” which Rob Weir opens in a similarly unequivocal fashion:  “I’ll play Marc Antony. I have not come to praise large conferences, but to bury them. It is my opinion that mega humanities conferences are way past their sell-by date. For senior faculty … Continue reading

Novel Ideas: Modern Musings on the Long Nineteenth Century – A Blog In-the-Making

Dear Reader, I, Sassy Jane, bid you welcome to Novel Ideas: Modern Musings on the Long Nineteenth Century. As the Novel Ideas publicist extraordinaire, I write this post on behalf of the editors, who are in the process of moving their intellectual headquarters to Columbus, Ohio; once acclimated to their new habitats, they will sharpen their … Continue reading

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