This Week in My Classes (April 1, 2008)

I sure went on and on about last week’s classes! I guess in my own small way I’m trying to answer Martha Nussbaum’s call for critical writing “that talks of human lives and choices as if they matter to us all”… Plus it feels good to get some mileage out of some of that 19th-century criticism I spent so much time editing … But to compensate, here’s this week’s update in thumbnail form:

Mystery and Detective Fiction: Ian Rankin, Knots and Crosses. Grim, gothic, graphic.

The Victorian ‘Woman Question’: George Gissing, The Odd Women. Also grim. And graphic, in its own way. But not gothic.

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