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Preface to Radiant Textuality: Literary Studies After the World Wide Web

Jerome McGann's Radiant Textuality is his most recent scholarly speculation regarding the connection between technology and text. This short excerpt introducing McGann's new book argues for the importance of foregrounding what is specifically literary history in discussions of new digital technologies. His preface declares in clear language the relevance of literary history in the Information Age, arguing that "scholarship devoted to aesthetic materials has never been more needed than at this historical moment."
February 2002

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Presentism and the Archives

In critical dialogue with David Simpson's recent work, Klancher reassesses the notion of "presentism" and how it is often entwined with historicism while appearing in recent debates as its opposite. He invokes a range of contemporary critical contexts in order to argue for moving beyond the culture-wars legacy of claims and counterclaims about presentism.
February 2002

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Cultural Patchwork in the Classroom: Shelley Jackson, Tom Stoppard, William Gibson, and Bruce Sterling Rewrite the Romantics

Jay Clayton's essay documents, with great brio and scholarly rigor, his attempts at bringing together Romantic literature and popular culture in a classroom environment. Clayton explores three modern texts - Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine, and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia - and their relationship to, and usefulness in, teaching Romanticism. He offers a critical reading of these texts and addresses questions of history, genre and periodization.
February 2002

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