Monthly Archives: February 2009

Census of Known Copies of Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Edition for the Million

This is a draft post. I’m not concerned with the financial value of these copies, unless I’m trying to buy one. They are interesting to me for their publication history. But if monetary value is your interest, see the note … Continue reading

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American Literature: The State Department History

The State Department has published a “Revised Edition” of “Outline of American Literature,” by Kathryn VanSpanckeren. In the section on the fiction of 1820-1860, Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and the Transcendentalists represent the … Continue reading

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Teaching Geoffrey Chaucer’s Wife of Bath: A Fluid Text for Undergraduates

In my general literature surveys, I try to introduce students to textual variations. Today’s plan for my British Literature survey is to investigate two related questions. 1) From whence does the wife derive authority, from what she has been taught … Continue reading

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The Perils of Modernization: Enslaving Charles W. Chesnutt’s Julius

In Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark, she requests critical attention to “the way an Africanist idiom is used to establish difference or, in a later period, to signal modernity” (52). There is perhaps no better way to investigate the … Continue reading

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