Why is it that scholars who study the Beats tend to be obnoxious sexists and wear berets?
I know a Beat "scholar" who fancies himself quite cool. I have bad news: you have an advanced degree in the humanities, but aren't a Marxist scholar or a cultural theorist. By definition, you aren't cool. Period.
It's not like early modernists wear big Elizabethan ruffs and codpieces, right? Why do Beat folks wear black and berets?
Another question: why does every local PBS station wherever I live still play The Lawrence Welk show repeats. I swear, that show has been repeated more often than I Love Lucy and is not even one one hundreth as entertaining.
A student in my "texts" class emailed me to ask which novel we're reading first.
Notice how the question assumes there's more than one novel to read for the class?
Okay, so maybe this is one of those situations where students call anything a novel. I've had students call plays, non-fiction, short stories, and yes, Paradise Lost a novel. Or maybe not.
And my final question for the ages: what the heck is a novel that, say, Beware the Cat or Sidney's Arcadia aren't? I'm afraid I've never quite understood the distinction between prose fiction and a novel.
And don't give me the unified and believable plot structure thing, because lots of things written in the past century have neither.
Individualized and believable characters?
A pervasive illusion of reality?
Ulysses strikes me as a GREAT novel that doesn't do any of those things. Oh well, I haven't emailed my student back, but we aren't reading a novel until the very end of the term. There's just so much good lit to choose from!