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Friday, September 22nd, 2017 06:17 pm


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Friday, September 22nd, 2017 05:52 pm

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Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 12:49 am


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Friday, September 22nd, 2017 04:52 pm
The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture In Late Victorian EnglandThe Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture In Late Victorian England by Talia Schaffer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I love this book. Schaffer is such a good writer. I think it's so hard to write academic criticism well. The writer has to straddle the line between knowing her stuff/making a convincing argument and coming off like a pretentious twit who's just interested in proving how large her vocabulary is and how convoluted a sentence she can write. The longer I am in the academy, the less patience I have for dense, impenetrable academic writing. Life is too short to read someone masturbating (painfully, no less!) on the page. Schaffer's writing is not conversational, but it's not convoluted either; her writing is clear and convincing. I get a sense of who she is as a scholar and a thinker; her writing is formal, but she has not attempted to absent herself entirely from the process, a conceit I find tedious in a great deal of academic writing (as if our passions and interests and biases as scholars do not inform our work).

As a Ouida scholar, what mainly draws me to this book is Schaffer's argument that Ouida is a female Aesthete who can be credited with popularizing the witty, epigrammatic language that will later become characteristic of male Aesthetes like Wilde. She also positions Ouida and other female Aesthetes as a direct influence for Modernist writers; her comments about the way that Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own explicitly denies the lives and literary output of late Victorian women writers in order to create its argument that a female literary tradition doesn't exist are quite compelling (and even shocking) in this context. Identifying Ouida as an Aesthete also helps us to understand some of the seemingly inexplicable choices she made in her personal life (the way she dressed, her love of hothouse flowers, etc) as an attempt to live out the principles of Aestheticism.

I really enjoyed learning about female some writers I didn't know anything about (Who's going to immediately start reading Lucas Malet? This gal) and developing a greater understanding of Aestheticism itself. I was also fascinated to learn that Thomas Hardy plagiarized Jude the Obscure from a Lucas Malet novel and no one caught it at the time. Schaffer puts enough of their writing side by side that the plagiarism is undeniable.

Highly, highly recommend this as a very readable work that helps define Aestheticism, tells us about the lives and literary works of both male and female Aesthetes, and helps us understand the relationship of Modernism to the Aesthetic Movement.



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Friday, September 22nd, 2017 10:36 am
I have been trying my best to keep my outrage over the Trump administration's actions out of my journal, but I have to post about this latest attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act.  This latest bill appears to be the worst so far and must be stopped. I live in a state with two Democrat senators and my representative is a Democrat. There's not much I can do at a local level to influence Republican voting. But if you have Republican representatives, and care at all about the future of Medicare, then please reach out to them and urge them not to support this bill.

Call your Senators  1-888-981-9704

Suggested call script:

My name is ______. I live in TOWN, STATE and I’m a constituent of the Senator’s.

I’m calling to urge the Senator to vote NO on the newest version of Trumpcare, known as Graham-Cassidy. This bill still destroys Medicare and devastates Medicaid.

Tens of millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.

Health care legislation should leave people better off. This bill doesn't. Please share my thoughts with the Senator and urge them to vote against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-republican-health-care-bill-is-the-most-monstrous-yet/2017/09/21/cfd1a54e-9f0f-11e7-8ea1-ed975285475e_story.html?utm_term=.dcc9bd92c115

Letter from 10 Governors opposing the bill: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/sites/default/files/bipartisan_governors_letter_re_graham-cassidy_9-19-17.pdf



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Thursday, September 21st, 2017 06:44 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3914 ⌋

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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 06:25 pm
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    Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 07:17 pm

    ⌈ Secret Post #3913 ⌋

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