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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

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

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

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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