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Hello! I’m Linda Levitt, and I teach in communication, focused primarily on media studies. My first book, a cultural analysis of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, has gone to press. The book builds on my interests in cultural memory, which recently is moving toward material culture as well. I’ve been to a couple of THATCamps over the […]

DepositPRIMITIVE CRITICISM AND THE NOVEL: G. H. LEWES AND HIPPOLYTE TAINE ON DICKENS

An analysis of criticism of Charles Dickens by his contemporaries G. H. Lewes and Hippolyte Taine. Both assessments address Dickens’s popularity by relying on commonplace concepts from Victorian anthropology. However, Lewes argues for a new form of critical practice addressed to popular fiction and addresses the inadequacy of existing critical methods for assessing the strength of a writer like Dickens.

DepositFROM EYEWITNESS NARRATIVES TO RETELLINGS AND LITERARY ADAPTATIONS: THE RUSSIAN TIME OF TROUBLES IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE

The article focuses on the adaptation strategies used by Lope de Vega in his play El Gran Duque de Moscovia y emperador perseguido (1617). This tragedy, built on material acquired from travelogues, represents the first depiction of the Russian Time of Troubles in fiction. In it, one can follow Lope de Vega’s shift from preserving the factual details collected from different travel sources to creating his own Baroque story placed within a purely Catholic world, as opposed to reality. In doing this, Lope de Vega creates a fictional space filled with mystery and miracles, where Heavens can intervene and punish the guilty party, whereby restoring the original status quo. Key situations turn from illustrations of an alien world into much more general depictions, namely, that of a tyrant versus a legal monarch, and the will of a ruler versus the law. The shift into tyranny provides the story with a new narrative centre and, by following Lope de Vega’s emphasis on the “Muscovian story,” discloses its universal spirit

Deposit“It’s Like Writing Yourself into a Codependent Relationship with Someone Who Doesn’t Even Want You!” Emotional Labor, Intimacy, and the Academic Job Market in Rhetoric and Composition

Drawing on forty-eight interviews with individuals who participated on the academic job market in rhetoric and composition between 2010 and 2015, this essay shows how conceptualizing the academic job search as an intimate endeavor can offer insights for understanding the rhetorical production of affective binds within institutional contexts.