Romanticism and Theory: the 1970s by Orrin N.C. Wang

This list will seem noticeably familiar to many.  And that appears to be the point.  If there ever was a primal scene for Romanticism and theory, especially in the way it was staged within North America, the 1970s would be the name for it.  Explicitly confronting or implicitly shadowboxing with that decade’s critical disposition still colors our critical endeavors more than forty years afterward, from New Historicism in the 1980s to contemporary interventions of the New Materialisms and the A

Marc Redfield - Theory at Yale: The Strange Case of Deconstruction in America. Review by Taylor Schey

Marc Redfield, Theory at Yale: The Strange Case of Deconstruction in America (Fordham University Press, 2015). 272 pp., 8 B&W illus. (Hdbk., $95.00; ISBN: 9780823268665; Paperback, $29.95; ISBN 9780823268672).

Taylor Schey
Macalester College

Gavin Hopps, ed. - Byron’s Ghosts: The Spectral, the Spiritual, and the Supernatural. Reviewed by Chris Washington

Byron’s Ghosts: The Spectral, the Spiritual, and the Supernatural, ed. Gavin Hopps (Liverpool University Press, 2013). 246 pp. (Hdbk., $99.95; ISBN 9781846319709).

Chris Washington
Francis Marion University

Shelley declares his atheism in a hotel registry

A hotel registry entry for the Hôtel de Londres in Chamonix dated 23 July 1816 contains a comment, in Percy Shelley's hand and written in Greek, declaring, "I am a lover of mankind, a democrat and an atheist." The registry document has just resurfaced in the Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge, and was recently documented on the library's blog.

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Blakean Pedagogy: An Introduction to William Blake and Pedagogy

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July, 2016

The present volume intervenes in the notion that pedagogy is of a secondary concern to Blake scholars by showing how William Blake’s work can invigorate the classroom. Contributors use Blake’s inspiration to create new teaching methodologies, propose new assignments, engage new public audiences, and critically explore the emergence of new technological modalities. Famously difficult, Blake nevertheless constructs crucial dialogues in fields from the digital humanities to manuscript history and affect theory. This volume shows how teachers can take advantage of his holistic approach to pedagogy—his insistence that teaching is entangled with every part of our lives—to contest standard approaches to Blake in the literature classroom.


Google Blake

Date published: 

July, 2016

This article outlines and models a simple web-browsing assignment and related research project designed to help students reflect critically on the propensity for William Blake’s illuminated books to break apart and circulate in pieces. The web-browsing assignment asks students to track how the present uses of a single Blake proverb call forth its potentials to mean different things, while the research project has them historicize some of those potentials. Together, the two assignments are designed to prompt classroom discussion of the ways that the semantic and situational instability of Blake’s proverbs might matter for thinking about the formal properties of the illuminated books as a medium, the culture that generated this medium, the cultures that continue to converge with it, and the complexity of the artistic project bound up with it.


The Blake Society and Pedagogy Outside the Academy

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July, 2016

This article explores what Blakean pedagogy can be through an examination of the United Kingdom’s Blake Society, a non-academic organization. The Blake Society works to promote greater recognition of William Blake’s life and activities but eschews the goals of scholarly knowledge production that often accompany academic Blake activities. Through an exploration of the Blake Society’s pedagogy, this article asks what resources and authority are necessary to do things with Blake.



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