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Updated: 2017-03-24T21:26:35-04:00

 



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-03-24T21:26:35-04:00

(There were no acquisitions last week! Obviously, that...could not stand.) F. Anstey, The Statement of Stella Maberly, ed. Peter Merchant (Valancourt, 2017). A woman discovers that her supposedly dead friend is not so dead, with horrific results. (Amazon) Lesley Krueger,...



Crane Pond: A Novel of Salem

2017-03-22T07:06:33-04:00

At the end of Richard Francis' Crane Pond, its protagonist, Samuel Sewall, takes a walk with his oldest daughter, Hannah, and shows her, far off in the distance, the eponymous pond. As they look at it, she sees some cows,...



Progress report, midterm edition

2017-03-18T15:56:09-04:00

I recently had to give my undergraduates their midterm grades. So what have I managed to accomplish so far? Research and writing The last of the four articles I needed to write went off to the editors; I'll need to...



The Incredible Lightness of GoogleScholar Citations

2017-03-12T16:26:25-04:00

If you're in the humanities, GoogleScholar's list of citations looks like a tempting way of quantifying one's impact on the planet. Or, at least, on fellow academics. However, I'm a bit concerned about the prospect of administrations using GoogleScholar's number...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-03-10T22:49:30-05:00

Richard Francis, Crane Pond: A Novel of Salem (Europa, 2016). Historical novel about Samuel Sewall (of whom Francis has also written a scholarly biography), the one judge who repudiated his own actions during the Salem Witch Trials. (Amazon) Eric C....



Friday Cat Blogging

2017-03-03T21:06:28-05:00

Um, guys? Trying to get some work done here? (This also counts as "Friday New Hardwood Flooring Blogging.")



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-03-03T21:03:16-05:00

Mark Salber Phillips, On Historical Distance (Yale, 2015). Series of historiographical essays exploring the shifting meanings of "distance" across a variety of historical genres. (Amazon) Crawford Gribben, Evangelical Millennialism in the Transatlantic World, 1500-2000 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). History of millennial...



Taboo (Take Two)

2017-03-02T17:33:37-05:00

Sophia Lee's The Recess (1785) details the ultimately tragic adventures of Mary, Queen of Scots' two daughters, as they seek justice (and romance) in a hostile world. Of course, Mary didn't have any daughters, but that's a minor issue--indeed, it's...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-02-24T21:45:20-05:00

George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo (Random House, 2017). Lincoln amidst ghosts while he visits his deceased son Willie in the crypt. (Lift Bridge) Jim Kelly, Charles Maturin: Authorship, Authenticity and the Nation (Four Courts, 2011). Analyzes Maturin's work in...



When tiny changes have large knock-on effects; or, a brief note on the Royal Ballet's Frankenstein

2017-02-24T15:29:01-05:00

Putting aside the somewhat problematic qualities of Liam Scarlett's ballet adaptation of Frankenstein qua ballet (why is Henry Clerval submitted to something that looks suspiciously like sexual assault in Act I? why does the Creature have nothing to do until...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-02-17T21:20:52-05:00

Bram Stoker and Valdimar Asmundsson, Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula, trans. Hans Corneel de Roos (Overlook, 2017). The Icelandic translation of Dracula, which was really a complete Icelandic rewrite of Dracula, now re-translated into English. (Despite the...



When misattributions attack! A cautionary tale

2017-02-14T16:12:33-05:00

I've been spending my illness-related downtime (achoo, cough, etc.) doing some revisions to an article, which means pulling out volumes from my various material and electronic collections. Now, I was giving some (numerically bizarre) examples of one Victorian anti-Catholic talking...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-02-10T22:04:06-05:00

Patrick Augustine Sheehan, The Short Stories of Canon Sheehan (Burns and Oates, 1911). Collection of five stories by the late-Victorian Irish priest. (eBay) Vanessa Tait, The Looking Glass House (Corvus, 2015). Narrates the story of Alice's relationship with Charles Dodgson...



Taking refuge in a COVE?

2017-02-10T21:13:04-05:00

By a nice, or should I say inconvenient, coincidence, he subject of disappearing online resources has resurfaced at VICTORIA. "Coincidence," because a nice Hannah More archive that was available the last time I taught one of this semester's courses, just...



This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions

2017-02-04T21:01:06-05:00

[Thanks to ongoing home renovations, I was momentarily unable to remember where I had put the acquisitions...] Kim Newman, Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories (Titan, 2017). New collection of Newman's patented mash-ups, featuring everybody from Jack the Ripper to...