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Notes on TRU2010

I've been somewhat chaotically busy, what with various grant applications and convening two modules this semester, but here's some brief thoughts on some of the recent texts studied on Romanticism to Decadence: Rossetti's 'From An Artist's Studio', Browning's 'My Last Duchess', Dickens' Bleak House, and Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines...

1. There's some interesting, and perhaps relatively straightforward, stuff in the Rossetti sonnet about the way that the poet's gaze breaks into the narcissistic/objectifying circuit (maybe heirarchy is more is accurate) of gazes between male painter and female model. I've blogged about it before, here. Arguably, this breaking of gazes also implicates the implied reader (included, maybe, in the 'we' of line 3): we, as readers, are watching Rossetti watch the painter watching the model...

This implication is rather different in the Browning, which - as a dramatic monologue - has a…

Bleak House: Tweeting Chapter-by-Chapter

Over exactly a month (5th February - 5th March), I've been rereading Bleak House in order to teach it on our nineteenth-century module here at Exeter's Penryn Campus. Apart from the last handful of days, when I stepped up the reading a little (I had laser eye surgery in the middle, so there was an unfortunate hiatus...), I didn't read more than an hour (around three chapters) a day. In fact, I found turning to my Kindle for this rather pleasurable and relaxing.

Anyway, I also decided to tweet my reading chapter by chapter, trying to briefly gesture to something interesting or complex or otherwise notable. Using Storify, I've been able to gather all the tweets together into a running commentary.*

To see it, just click here.

*Don't think I missed any chapters out, but I accidentally tweeted Chapter 59 as a second Ch.58...