Angela Runciman’s talk “Angel of History”: George Eliot’s Modernist Turn

Hello everyone,

Please come to Angela Runciman’s talk “Angel of History”: George Eliot’s Modernist Turn”

When and where? this Monday, April 27th at 1.30 pm in LT1506 (15th floor Library Tower).

Here’s Angela’s abstract:

“In July 1854, Marian Evans embarked on a honeymoon trip with George Henry Lewes, the events surrounding which—as cited by several critics, such as Gregory Maertz—influencing her career move from translation and criticism to fiction. In addition to critics’ general focus on her German travel as formative in her career shift to “George Eliot,” I cite a moment in Cologne recorded in Evans’s journal hitherto critically overlooked as the perspective of an “uninformed tourist.” It is following this trip that Evans develops a working theory of fiction in her 1856 essay, “The Natural History of German Life.”

It is evident throughout her body of work that Eliot experiments with this theory; what some critics call “inconsistency,” I refer to as flexibility and fluidity, changing and responding to the sharp cultural shifts of her milieu. During her fiction career, the literary world faces serialization and sensation (popular) fiction; the growth of the city and anonymity in its crowds; the Woman Question, scientific advancement, and the Industrial Revolution. In my dissertation, I argue that the critical responses to these moments in her novels—which reexamine and “reclaim” historical spaces, going back as far as 15th-century Florence in Romola—necessitate breaks with Victorian narrative tradition in a move toward the modern. This talk will focus on the specifically German travel and thought which inform and influence Eliot’s “work” of art and—much to the disappointment of certain feminist critics—the strategic, and even purposeful, ways in which she limits her heroines’ potential.”

See you there!




Matt Applegate’s talk this coming Friday “Let’s Make Something! Accounting for the Labor and Impact of The Digital Manifesto Archive”


We invite you to Matt Applegate’s  talk  about his Digital Manifesto Archive this Friday at noon (1506 Comp. lit. seminar room). He will situate the archive within a broader discourse on the digital humanities. Attached is a rough draft and the poster of his talk. Thank you!!


“Let’s Make Something! Accounting for the Labor and Impact of The Digital Manifesto Archive

The Digital Manifesto Archive is an academic resource dedicated to aggregating and cataloging manifestos that focus on the political and cultural dimensions of digital life as well as manifestos that are written, or primarily disseminated, online. In the course of 10 months, Izzy To (the archive’s co-creator and administrator) and I have cataloged over 200 manifestos, interviewed 6 authors/scholars in the field, and reached over 2,200 users (9,000 pageviews and 3,700 sessions). This presentation will account for the labor and impact of the archive within the broader discourse of the digital humanities. I will cover popular DH platforms (Omeka and the sites for building code-literacy), the role of critical making in the humanities, and questions concerning digital materiality and preservation.



Hamish Dalley’s talk “Worldview and World-Form: Representation and the Universal Ideal after Postcolonialism”

Hamish Dalley, PhD from Australian National University and Professor at Daemen College, New York presented a talk on “Worldview and World-Form: Representation and the Universal Ideal after Postcolonialism” on Friday, April 17th at 12 pm in LT1506.