Well, I’m back from my visit with the cutest nephew in the world (and his parents). And as Dorothy has pointed out on her blog, I feel like I need a weekend to recover from the weekend! I did no reading, so yesterday and today have been dominated by an attempt to catch up. I just might be able to, but it will mean postponing my gothic novel post until tomorrow (which I will then pretend was the plan all along, as it is suitable for Halloween).
On the reading front: I’ve finished Waverley by Walter Scott and quite enjoyed it, despite the fact that the main character was rather blah (although Georg Lukacs has a theory about why this is necessary–it ties into Scott’s conception of the need for some kind of translation when it comes to historical period–you need a character who can translate/mediate the past for the present audience and as a result, you don’t want a character who is too much of any one thing). But I love novels that grapple with how we conceive of and present history (or participate in myth-making), so Scott is right up my alley–even if it does take quite a bit of patience to make it through the first hundred pages or so!
In addition, I’ve been sidetracked by an overwhelming desire to abandon all of my daily course reading in favor of re-reading George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda. I’m working on writing a paper about the novel for one of my courses, and I’m so excited about it that I have to remind myself that other work has to be finished along the way. In addition, Susan at Pages Turned mentioned she was starting it only a day after I committed myself to the paper topic, and now we have something of a read-along! I recommend checking out Pages Turned to see links to others who have been seduced by Eliot’s genius. And please do join the fun.
Off I go to finish Great Expectations!