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November 2015


Elaine Freedgood (NYU), How the Victorian Novel Got Realistic (in a French way), Reactionary, and Great?

November 2, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Victorian novel wasn't all that great from about 1850 to about 1970. It lacked form, endings weren't tragic, and narrators intruded too much. The critical demands on the novel, from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century are dramatic and anti-narrative--that is mimetic, and anti-diegetic. The Victorian novel starts to get great as strong theories of narration arrive in Anglophone criticism: from France.  The narrators who had been a blight become sly and powerful, formal hijinks are smoothed out into…

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December 2015


Jacob Soll (USC), Beyond Habermas: News in the Secret Sphere

December 10, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Jacob Soll (History, University of Southern California) explores the role of both the state and the nascent public sphere in the genesis of news and information flows in early modern Europe. Habermas’s model of the rise of a public sphere is now beginning to crumble, not only as scholars show much earlier origins of news, information flows, and public opinion, but also as the state emerges as a key player in inventing and managing news. Soll discusses the symbiosis, often odd and…

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January 2016


Deidre Lynch (Harvard)

January 20, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


February 2016


Bonnie Mak (Illinois and Penn State)

February 3, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Virginia Jackson (UC Irvine) and Yopie Prins (Michigan)

February 29, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


May 2016


Siân Echard (UBC) and Alexandra Gillespie (Toronto)

May 6, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Michael Papio (UMass Amherst)

May 12, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


April 2017


Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore), “The Preparation of the Victorian Novel and the Preparation of the Topic Model”

April 27 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swathmore)

Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore) will be giving a talk entitled "The Preparation of the Victorian Novel and the Preparation of the Topic Model" for the Material Texts Colloquium. All are welcome. April 27, 2017 at 3:30pm, Petersen Room in Allen Library. Abstract: In this talk I draw together the research practices of Victorian novelists with the research practices of digital humanists to ask what we might learn by seeing them both as part of a longer history of literary research. Following…

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May 2017


Daniel Shore (Georgetown)

May 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Daniel Shore (Georgetown) will be giving a talk on language beyond the lexicon for the Material Texts Colloquium. May 18, 2017, 3:30pm, Communications 202.

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Scott Trudell (Maryland)

May 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Scott Trudell (Maryland) will be giving a talk for the Material Texts Colloquium. May 23rd, 4:00pm, Location TBD.

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