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  • 24
    Jan

    2022

    The Cambridge Companion to Literature and...

    Since at least the 1980’s, any university student who wanted to learn about Freud or psychoanalysis would not be directed to departments of psychology, nor to psychiatry, but would, rather, be ushered...

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  • 11
    Jan

    2022

    The Shortest Way into Eighteenth Century Britain

    Arguably, Daniel Defoe’s Tour thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-26) is the single most comprehensive, detailed and insightful guide we have to the state of the nation as it moved into...

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  • 23
    Dec

    2021

    Unsecularizing Romanticism

    There’s a movement to diversify the British literary canon and a crucial step may be right in front of us. Allow me to explain. The British Romantic period—broadly conceived as the 1780s through...

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  • 21
    Dec

    2021

    Precarity, Privilege, and Publication

    If you look at the title page of my new book, Shakespeare’s ‘Lady Editors’: A New History of the Shakespearean Text, you might notice that there’s something missing – the space beneath my name...

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  • 14
    Dec

    2021

    Hope

    Hope, at least the word, seems to be everywhere, at least in the United States. On lawns where one once found Christmas “Joy,” “Hope” signs more often reign, and in 2021 some have remained on...

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  • 2
    Dec

    2021

    Making the Uncanny Beautiful

    Section V of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, titled “A City Visible but Unseen,” is not about an imaginary city but a migrant ghetto wilfully disavowed. The unseen citizenry are undocumented migrants...

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  • 27
    Sep

    2021

    Lockdown Metaphors

    In 2020, I was struggling to negotiate my academic work (teaching remotely online and finishing the production process for a new book) while homeschooling three children and mourning the loss of a dear...

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  • 21
    Sep

    2021

    The Secret of Poetry

    When Geoffrey Hill began his fourth lecture as Oxford Professor of Poetry in 2011, the audience members clearly expected a mischievous performance. In his first lecture, Hill had promised a future evaluation...

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