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The Great Social Evil (or, “Render up your body or die”)

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I’d like extend our class discussion about “fallen women” to certain social contexts that relate to, and frame, that concept. In particular, I’d like to look at a three Victorian documents dealing with… Continue reading

What’s that in your pocket, Keats?

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I’d like to use John Keats’ July 18th, 1818 letter to Benjamin Bailey as a starting point for reading three poems composed the following year. Keats writes, “I am certain I have not… Continue reading

Legacy Unavoided: Gulliver’s Travels and today’s computer-generated poetry

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Gulliver’s visit to the Academy of Lagado involves seeing various “scientific” experiments. One of these illustrates a complicated machine with wires and levers attached to wood-blocks that stamp-out words, creating random sentence fragments.… Continue reading

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