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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

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

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

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

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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