Links, August 19

LITERATURE

MYTH/LEGEND/FOLKLORE/CLASSICAL
Cerys Matthews tells the story of one of the great literary treasures of the medieval world, The Mabinogion, ancient tales that were later translated from Welsh.
Death in the Iliad
Grimm brothers’ fairytales have blood and horror restored in new translation
Matthew Chapter 25

CLASSICS
Gender Genre
INFOGRAPHIC TELLS YOU HOW LONG IT TAKES TO READ THE WORLD’S BEST-LOVED BOOKS
Mr Rochester’s Faults
Lives And Loves Of Virginia Woolf And Bloomsbury Group Brought To Screen In BBC’s ‘Life In Squares’ Drama
1896 Pop Up Book
Summer Read Along Count of Monte Cristo
The Other Tolstoy and the Book of Night
I Capture the Castle
Hemingway’s Hidden Metafictions: the lost, aborted Hemingway sounds way more interesting
The 3 Most Underrated Literary Heroines
FRIDAY FIVE: 5 GREATEST PYGMALION STORIES & THE PLEASURE MERCHANT: VERY frustrating
Making, Breaking and Transgressing Boundaries: Europe in Romantic Writing, 1775-1830

(slightly off-topic, but in re: the above–Idk in some ways I do view my presence in the UK as somewhat involuntary? it would be impossible to bring my partner to the US, the US/my region particularly are v. politically hostile. It’s not ACTUAL EXILE but neither is it like, 100% free choice.)

HARPER LEE
Questions I Have About The Harper Lee Editor Interview
How Unauthorized Is the New Book About Harper Lee?
Be Suspicious of the New Harper Lee Novel

VICTORIANS
Book Review: The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870 by Gregory Tate
Book Review: Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England by Ian Ward
VIVIAN GREY AND DORIAN GRAY<–this is the only other person I can find talking about the crack-theory I had in hs that won me my AP English Lit 5 :p
1896 Pop Up Book
That Time J.M. Barrie Founded A Truly Atrocious Cricket Club
Park Chan-wook’s Fingersmith adaptation confirmed

WODEHOUSE
Please Jeeves
Bertie the Aromantic? o tumblr, o mores

COME AND SEE FRIENDS!! COME AND SEE!! AT LAST IT IS COME!! THE WORST TUMBLR ANALYSIS OF ALL TIME!!!!!!
Not interested in Bingo Little’s lovelife? Well then you must be: AROMANTIC!! –> Even Bingo Little is not interested in Bingo Little’s Love Life: the Ten Minutes Ago Classic Love Oldies Collection.
Like there are some reasons to think Bertie is gay or asexual–but *this* is so paper thin that paper is embarrassed. Paper is ashamed.
It’s the tone of rapturous and absolute DISCOVERY that grates my cheese–OH WHY DID I NEVER SEE THE SINGULAR AND TOTAL TRUTH OF BERTIE WOOSTER’S AROMANTICISM BEFORE?! MY GOD!! HOW COULD ANY BEING EXIST IN SUCH IGNORANCE?!??!?
It’s just such feeble meta? Like if a first-year student turned this in to me: interesting suggestion! but over-eager truth claims and insufficient argumentation. 60? 59?
I can see why you’d go looking to liberally use the text for political reasons but like, it’s weird in a way that this is written in a fannish context because this is like, evacuating the text’s specificity to make room for your meaning–rather than the more delicate and attentive and fannish work of queering the text. Idk I sort of imagine this is like: tumblr meta: a common-ass thing and it’s like, god what is the fucking point of paying attention to this mehitude? It’s going to be that SPOT THE ISM!! shit that trendily keeps changing, and that is like, What Conservative Lay-People Think English Academia Is About.

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