Category Archives: Weekend Miscellany

A Gentle Weekend Meme (Pass It On!)

I’ve never done one of these before, but I saw this little Q&A going around at a couple of other blogs (e.g.) and thought it was a nice way to find out about what people are reading. So here are my answers; maybe some of you will post yours, either here in the comments or […]

Weekend Miscellany

For some reason, this weekend has felt particularly miscellaneous–something about the combination of a clutter of family chores and projects (groceries, laundry, a trip to the library, a swimming lesson, a chess tournament) and a clutter of ‘homework’ (tests and reading responses to mark, handouts and worksheets and overheads and lecture notes to prepare, emails […]

Weekend Miscellany: P. D. James, Persephone Books, James Wood

Some articles and reviews of interest: At The Times, there’s an interesting interview with P. D. James, who has a new Adam Dalgleish novel coming out. James has often remarked that she sees herself working in the tradition of 19th-century domestic realism as much as the detective novel; her interest in the Victorians shows up […]

Weekend Miscellany: Mr Whicher, James Wood, Reader Online Poll

It’s ‘Halifax Natal Day’ here (also known as ‘we want an extra day off in August too’) and thus still in some sense the weekend, so here’s my semi-regular round-up of interesting things: At The Little Professor, there’s a typically thoughtful review of Kate Summerscale’s much-discussed The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, the story of the […]

Weekend Miscellany: Feminist Lit Crit, New Age Libraries, Chick Lit

Here are links to some things I’ve found interesting in recent hops, skips, and jumps around the web: In Dissent, Judith Walzer on the pioneering feminist literary critics of the 1970s: In the 1970s a number of books were written to reappraise women authors and the literature they produced. For the most part these books […]

Weekend Miscellany: Orientalism, Psychology of Fiction, Frowning on Smiley

At the TLS, Robert Irwin (the author of Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and Its Discontents) reviews two other recent works of Orientalist revisionism, Daniel Martin Varisco’s Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid and Ibn Warraq’s Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism: So many academics want the arguments presented in Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978) […]

Weekend Miscellany

At the Guardian, Jane Smiley writes about Trollope’s The Kellys and the O’Kelly’s: The Kellys and the O’Kellys was not a commercial success. It was published – perhaps unluckily – in the same year as Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, Dickens’s Dombey and Son and Gaskell’s Mary Barton, all addressing the issue of what was wrong with […]

Weekend Miscellany

A few things of interest I’ve come across while browsing this weekend:Margaret Atwood on Anne of Green Gables in the Guardian: “God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world,” Anne whispers in the very last lines of Anne of Green Gables. She’s fond of Victorian poetry, so it’s appropriate that she ends her story […]

Recent Reading (and a little Recent Watching, too)

Despite He Knew He Was Right (currently on the table in my Victorian ‘Woman Question’ seminar), graduate admissions, and the ordinary middle-of-term business (incoming assignments, class preparation, committee meetings, and so on), I have been able to do a little ‘pleasure’ reading lately. Here are some ‘thumbnail’ responses. Reginald Hill, Death Comes for the Fat […]

Weekend Miscellany II

It’s Sunday afternoon again after a weekend filled with bits of this and that: grocery shopping, taking my son to the optometrist, taking my daughter to a birthday party, and so on. In and amongst household errands, I’m reading about six different things, some for classes (East Lynne and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd), some […]

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