More Pride, Less Prejudice @timeshighered

Sally Feldman stands up for popular works of scholarship It is a truth universally acknowledged that any serious student of English literature must be a postmodernist with a huge appetite for deconstruction and a cultivated disregard for the enjoyment of the books themselves. Who needs to wade through the 896 pages of Middlemarchwhen it's so much more interesting - and often far quicker - to identify hermeneutical opposition within a narrative discourse, or apply hypertextual liminality…

Georgette Heyer is featured in @timeshighered

"Georgette Heyer's 1929 romantic novel Beauvallet took these tropes further. It features the roistering freebooter Sir Nicholas Beauvallet, who "bit his thumb at Spain" and is as daring as Drake and as feared. He captures the ravishing Dominica de Rada y Sylva, daughter of the Governor of Santiago. There is, of course, lots of name-dropping laced with swathes of Tudor blarney: it is obligatory to say "poltroon", "dizzard" and "roistering" whenever the opportunity arises. The…

"Do you read a book a week?"

"If I spend more than an hour surfing on the internet, I find my thinking has changed, and with it, my concentration," says Nicholas Carr in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (2010). "The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle." In July, Amazon announced that, for the first time, the sale of digital editions of books had overtaken the sale of hardbacks. But, Carr says, the…

Georgette Heyer: The Historical Holiday Read

I have loved Georgette Heyer's regency novels since my mum lent me 'Frederica' many years ago (I know most people think I'm only about 25, but I'm considerably older than that!)... that copy of Frederica has long since disintegrated, but no worries, I tracked down another one!!! In fact, with much diligent searching I have tracked down all her regency romances, and most of her other texts excluding the detective novels, which, never being so…