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Origins of the novel of reform? Reading Amanda Claybaugh’s The Novel of Purpose has made me think deeply about my own period of study, the eighteenth-century novel, in the light of her arguments about the novel’s sense of “purpose” and where that impulse begins in the earliest years of the English novel. As she argues in the… Carrie Shanafelt 04/17/07 3 04/10/09
How can we talk about race in English literature? [Cross-posted to the Long 18th] Last night I attended a particularly fruitful talk by Kim Hall (Director of Africana Studies at Barnard) on sugar production in the seventeenth-century West Indies and the use of “sweetness” in English writings about domestic economy and husbandry. Her talk, “Foreign Encounters with Domestic Economies,” covered… Carrie Shanafelt 02/17/07 10 02/18/07
Apocalypse in my class (Cross-posted at The Long 18th) While teaching last semester’s Brit Lit Survey, I kept realizing that there were assumptions my students were making that did not seem conducive to a clear discussion of the works. There is a temptation when studying so much literature across so much history at a time… Carrie Shanafelt 02/06/07 19 03/19/07
Reputation, Gender, and Academic Performance Now that I’ve outlined a project, introduced my work, and started a fight, the time has come to talk about gender. I am fully aware of how conversations about gender* tend to go here. Men are thugs, women are hypersensitive, men more hypersensitive, women are cruel, men are decadently privileged, women… Carrie Shanafelt 01/29/07 10 01/31/07
Kotsko throws down As most of you have probably already seen, Adam Kotsko has soundly mocked my maiden voyage, apparently to prove wrong my assertion that bad-faith interactions are not intellectually fruitful. By taking a (bad) sentence of mine out of context and extrapolating from that one point in every possible direction, he’s written… Carrie Shanafelt 01/28/07 87 01/30/07
Belated introduction All yesterday, I was trying to think of how to introduce myself here. I said I would do it, but every time I tried to write it, I realized I didn’t know how. To introduce oneself is to assume the reader cares who one is. So I decided to post this… Carrie Shanafelt 01/23/07 13 01/25/07
From metablogging to rhetorical theory While I was at MLA this December, I attended a panel discussion of the future of the Society for Critical Exchange in honor of its 30th anniversary. Several of the founding members narrated the beginnings of the Society in a moment when theory was embattled, except where it wasn’t so much,… Carrie Shanafelt 01/23/07 16 01/28/07