Thursday, April 02, 2015


At the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA, to those on a first name basis) today, there was a session called the "NextGenPlen," basically some younger scholars gave papers.  One was especially good, the others fine, but not quite as interesting to me.

But what I really noticed was that all of them were pretty much New Critical approaches. 

If you'd had that session ten years ago, everything would have been Catholicism, bodies, geography, with maybe some materialism or a woman writer.

Twenty years ago, there'd have been some critical race studies, Queer theory, New Historicism/Cultural Materialism.

But now, everything was very much about close reading texts, with some historical awareness, yes, and with theoretical assumptions, but not overtly theoretical.  Where will things be in 10 years?


When I'm at a conference, I often feel very isolated in my usual life.  At home, we're all deadly concerned about the budget.  Everything is trying to figure out strategies for survival.  Here, it's not like that. 

At home, I live in a pretty small community.  Here, almost no one lives in small communities, or if they do, it's a suburb of a large city.

I feel like my life is very narrow, very constrained, and very wintery.


I got a chance to talk with a friend from grad school that I wasn't expecting to see, and that's been a delightful treat.  So at least there's that.


  1. I wanted to talk to you more at the reception, but didn't want to interrupt the conversation you were in. Sorry it's been hit and miss with me today. I wanted to ask about your budget stuff and how your department is coping. Maybe we'll run into each other tomorrow and you can fill me in.

  2. I'm sorry to have missed chatting more. I ran into my grad school mentor, a really, really wonderful person, so of course we were chatting.

  3. No, I'm sorry that I've been so random today! I hope that tomorrow will be better. I'm glad that you've had some good unexpected run-ins!