In Memoriam A.H.H. Alfred, Lord Tennyson CI   Unwatch’d, the garden bough shall sway, The tender blossom flutter down, Unloved, that beech will gather brown, This maple burn itself away;   Unloved, the sun-flower, shining fair, Ray round with flames her disk of seed, And many a rose-carnation feed With summer spice the humming air;   Unloved, by …

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Nature’s Questioning Thomas Hardy When I look forth at dawning, pool, Field, flock, and lonely tree, All seem to gaze at me Like chastened children sitting silent in a school; Their faces dulled, constrained, and worn, As though the master’s ways Through the long teaching days Their first terrestrial zest had chilled and overborne. And …

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Inspired by a discussion of Night and Day with my Senior Capstone students (Fall 2019). Night and Day (1919)Virginia Woolf Chapter 1: The One with Mr. Fortescue’s SentencesChapter 2: The One with the Decrepit RookChapter 3: The One with Secret MathematicsChapter 4: The One with William Rodney’s LectureChapter 5: The One with News of Bennett’s Theory …

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Yesterday, South Dakota State University hosted “Day One” of The Space Between Society’s annual conference. The theme this year is “Staging the Space Between” (organized by Nicole Flynn). The first three sessions / ten presentations covered a wide range of research areas and topics: from a popular French television drama (Un village français) to the …

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What Is Life?John Clare (1793-1864) AND what is Life?—An hour-glass on the run,A mist retreating from the morning sun,A busy, bustling, still repeated dream.—Its length?—A minute’s pause, a moment’s thought.And happiness?—A bubble on the stream,That in the act of seizing shrinks to nought. What is vain Hope?—The puffing gale of morn,That robs each flow’ret of …

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I’ve looked at (and used) several introductory textbooks to literary and cultural theory over the years. Most of them approach this subject matter in the same way: once there was undisciplined “Old Criticism,” then there was “New Criticism,” then all hell broke loose and literary studies disaggregated into schools, lenses, movements, approaches, etc. The textbooks …

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