Author Archives: Rohan Maitzen

The Shadow World: Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach

They were staring at him as if he’d gone unhinged. How to explain the workings of the shadow world in a way that would persuade them? He didn’t have to, of course, but Dexter always preferred argument to brute force. … Continue reading

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“The Doctor Drinks His Tea”: Taking a Time Out with Trollope

When I visited my parents in Vancouver last May, one of the many nice things we did was watch the recent adaptation of Doctor Thorne. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Trollope (like Austen) adapts very well–much better, in my opinion, than Dickens … Continue reading

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This Week In My Classes: Men, Mopes, and Munro Day

Both of my classes are focusing a lot on masculinity right now, particularly on representations of or challenges to ideas of masculine heroism. In Pulp Fiction, we’re working our way through Valdez Is Coming. Valdez epitomizes a certain kind of Western hero: … Continue reading

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In the Gallery: A Study in Contrasts

We are enjoying a nice snow-free interlude in Halifax this weekend so I thought I should make the most of it and actually go do something today (besides the grocery shopping, which is my standard Saturday chore). I settled on a … Continue reading

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“Things That Happen In the World”: Ali Smith, Autumn

What pictures? Pictures of what? her mother said. Things. Things that happen in the world, Elizabeth said. A sunflower. A man with a machine gun like out of a gangster film. A factory. A Russian-looking politician. An owl, an exploding … Continue reading

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This Week In My Classes: Counts, Cowboys, and Critics

I have to stop putting pressure on myself to make these update posts more than they have to be. When I started doing this, all I had in mind was opening up my classroom to anyone curious to know more about … Continue reading

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This Week In My Classes: Winter, Westerns, and The Woman in White

It’s week 2 of the winter term and things haven’t quite settled into a routine yet. One cause is my pet peeve, the too-long add-drop period: students are still joining my classes (which they can do online without so much … Continue reading

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