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Things Victorian and academic.

Updated: 2017-01-20T20:07:17-05:00


This Week's Acquisitions


Barbara Hofland, Moderation: A Tale (Pomeroy, 1826). US reprint of one of Mrs. Hofland's many moral tales, this one centering on the need for economy in things both literal (money) and figurative (passions). More about Hofland here. (eBay) [Annie Webb...

Sherlock: The Final(e) Problem: A Dialogue


HALF-LP: We've seen what is probably the very last episode of Sherlock. It's time for us to deliver a well-considered analysis of its strengths and weaknesses. OTHER HALF-LP: OMG!!! WTH?!! AYKM?! HALF-LP: Ahem. This is an academic blog. It is...

This Week's Acquisitions


(There may be more, but I'm on the other side of the country.) Honore de Balzac, The Human Comedy: Selected Stories, ed. Peter Brooks, trans. Linda Asher (NYRB, 2014). Anthology of nine short stories and novellas, including "Sarrasine." (Barnes and...

This Week's Acquisitions


Anna Kerchy, Alice in Transmedia Wonderland: Curiouser and Curiouser New Forms of a Children's Classic (McFarland, 2016). Analyzes contemporary reworkings and remixings of Alice in their relationship to different media (electronic text, theater, artwork, etc.). (Amazon [secondhand]) Tricia Lootens, The...



Two comments that will, at first, appear to be tangential to the subject at hand. 1) When I was in high school, one show I followed with some faithfulness was Beauty and the Beast. Towards the end of its run,...

A professor's life: Spring 2017


Yes, yes, it's still winter, but it's the Spring semester coming up, because universities are apparently in denial about the seasons, or something. In any event, here's what's on the January-May agenda for yours truly, a full professor at a...

This Week's (Again Belated) Acquisitions


(No blog access yesterday.) Elisabeth Charlotte Pauline Guizot, Moral Tales, trans. Mrs. Burke, new ed. (Routledge, 1856). Collection of short religious stories for children by Mme. Guizot (a.k.a. the first wife of the historian and politician Francois Guizot). (Greenwood Books)...

Over There


If you're desperate to read my scintillating overview of the Papal Aggression (one of the most significant religious panics of the nineteenth century), it's at BRANCH.

Julia Ormond


The last article I finished primarily involved high-quality religious fiction (with the occasional poem thrown in), so it's been a while since I've been able to sit down with the kind of novel I normally discuss on this blog. But...

This Week's (Very) Belated Acquisitions


(Today is an appropriate time to post them, I suppose.) George Alfred Lawrence, Henry Jackson, and John Saunders, Maurice Dering; Sans Merci; Gilbert Rugge; Bound to the Wheel (Harper, 1864-66). Bound volume of four double-columned US reprints of popular Victorian...

By Gaslight


At the edges of Steven Price's By Gaslight are two eerily familiar characters. One is the coroner, Dr. Breck, whose head "sway[s] at the end of his neck, snakelike and grotesque" (159), and performs impossible-seeming readings of crime scenes, and...

This Week's Acquisitions


Lee Blessing, Fortinbras (Dramatists Play Service, 1992). At the end of Hamlet, everyone dies! And then, they keep talking. (Amazon [secondhand]) Ruth Fleischmann, Catholic Nationalism in the Irish Revival: A Study of Canon Sheehan, 1852-1913 (Palgrave Macmillan, 1997). Analyzes the...

This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions


Samuel Warren, Ten Thousand a Year (E. Littell, n.d.). American reprint in one volume of Warren's very long and very successful novel, first serialized in 1839, about legal machinations involving a will and an illegitimate son. (eBay) Walter Besant, In...

What I did this semester


It's all over! (Well, it's all over except for two exams and a lot of grading.) In any event, the life of a senior faculty member at a regional comprehensive with a 3-3 teaching load: Teaching: Three courses, two of...

Very brief adventures in full-text search

2016-12-09T17:50:38-05:00 has now enabled a full-text search function, which means that those of us on quests for odd Victorian novels now have an even easier time finding them. Yay! (Yay?) It's not on the front page; begin a search in...