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This week, we start the first of a several part series on the industrial revolution. We begin to leave behind the semi-pastoral world seen at the end of the 18th century, and start to progress to the mechanical, disconcerting, modernist age. For our readings and lectures, we will start with the brute facts of the […]

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Some quick hits in the headlines this week, some historical beverage news related to our recent discussions: Like coffee? Thank Goethe!! Green tea: The original Reefer Madness. “For most of the 19th century, there was less concern about the perils of taking cocaine than there was about the negative side effects of drinking green tea,” writes Matthew Sweet […]

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I came across this book review of one of our authors – Mary Shelley, who is the subject of a new biography. Or rather, we could say that the biography has another subject, one of the women whose modern work on Shelley was critical to Shelley’s resurgent reputation in high culture and academic analysis. After […]

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