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Things Victorian and academic.

Updated: 2018-04-21T23:12:05-04:00


This Week's Acquisitions


Lady Georgiana Fullerton, Laurentia: A Tale of Japan (Kelly & Piet, 1866). Historical novel about the Jesuit mission to Japan in the seventeenth century. (eBay) [Emily Steele], Matty's Missionary Box and the Message it Brought (Nelson, 1871). Short children's novel...

In which I agree with Paula Krebs


As I've said before, I tend to favor the least bad solution to problems, and Paula Krebs' argument in favor of Skyping rather than MLA-ing for job interviews is much better than least bad. Certainly, there are still trade-offs. Job...

I am the very model of a pundit academical


(Inspired by some...larger tendencies, some contradictory, not by anyone or any outlet in particular. Though I've certainly detected some of these habits in myself...) I am the very model of a pundit academical, I've idées fixes artistic, scientific, and political;...

Under the Pendulum Sun


Jeannette Ng's Under the Pendulum Sun is a neo-Victorian fantasy that shatters its many intertexts into brilliant, cutting little fragments. The reader who recognizes the allusions knows what must be coming--and yet does not. The two works holding the novel's...

This Week's Acquisitions


J. M. Neale, Theodora Phranza, or the Fall of Constantinople (Masters, 1857). Religious (High Church) historical novel set in the fifteenth century during the Ottoman invasion of Constantinople. More about Neale here. (eBay) Edward Monro, Harry and Archie; Or, First...

This Week's Acquisitions


(Oh, look! New router = actual web access lasting longer than two minutes at a shot. Now I can write that blog post about Under the Pendulum Sun.) Mrs. Sherwood, Social Tales for the Young (Darton, n.d.). A collection of...

It depends


One of the reasons I'm probably disqualified from high-level academic leadership is that my approach to discombobulating situations can be summed up as "what is the least bad solution to this problem?" This is pragmatic, but not inspiring. ("Greetings, everyone!...

This (Last Two) Week's Acquisitions


Lorna Gibb, A Ghost's Story (Granta, 2015). Historical novel told from the point of view of the "ghost" Katie King. (Lift Bridge) Laura Purcell, The Silent Companions (Penguin, 2017). A Victorian woman goes away (bad move) to a decrepit mansion...

Brief note: The Man Who Invented Christmas


This is no doubt the sort of blog post that should be written around Christmas, when The Man Who Invented Christmas was originally released in the USA, but I fear that my sense of obligation did not quite equal my...

This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions


Celia Jones, Stories for the Christian Year (Joseph Masters, 1875). Three volumes from a multi-volume set in the spirit of John Keble's The Christian Year, consisting of short stories written to suit the liturgical calendar. (eBay) Colin Winnette, The Job...

The Job of the Wasp


The setting of Colin Winnette's The Job of the Wasp is immediately striking for its eerie detachment. Our first-person narrator, of no known age and unnamed until the end, arrives at an equally unnamed school/orphanage, located in no identifiable country...

Grumblings of a Middle-Aged Academic, Take #329 (Or, Book-Reviewing with Poor Eyesight)


I can't see much of anything. This may come as news, given that I do a lot of reading. But, really, with my contacts out, I can't see much of anything. I'm hypermyopic, with c. 20/1200+ vision*; I have astigmatism;...

This Week's Acquisitions


Paul Howarth, Only Killers and Thieves (HarperCollins, 2018). Novel set in late-Victorian Australia, examining colonial violence through a story about a settler family hunting down a former Aboriginal employee, with horrific results. (Amazon) Publications of the Catholic Truth Society, vol....

The Victim of Intolerance: or, The Hermit of Killarney, a Catholic Tale


The ecumenical "tolerance tale" is a tiny subgenre of the nineteenth century religious novel, and an overwhelmingly Protestant one. The political economist Robert Torrens' quad-decker The Victim of Intolerance: or, the Hermit of Killarney, a Catholic Tale (1814) is, while...

The conference circuit after tax reform


"You know," I've said to various people over the last few weeks, "we can no longer deduct conference expenses on our taxes." "Really?" "Yeah, they fell under the heading of 'unreimbursed employee expenses,' and those are no longer tax-deductible." In...