Friday, October 21, 2011

Specializing

Last night at supper N. saw Alan Richardson's book Literature, Education, and Romanticism: Reading as Social Practice, 1780-1832 (Cambridge: 1995) lying at the end of the dining room table where various things that various family members are reading tend to pile up.

"Mom," he announced, "I am never going to be interested in that book Literature, Education, and Romanticism because I specialize in the era from 1890-1910."

4 comments:

Megan D. Neal said...

Too funny!

That book sounds interesting, btw. Are you enjoying it?

Fanny Harville said...

I've just barely started it, but it is interesting. I've decided my next book is going to be about literature and alternative education in the 18th century, so I am starting to read around in this subject. I've also been reading Seth Lerer's book Children's Literature: A Reader's History, by the way, which I saw you read some of. Richardson's book is similar; i.e. written for an academic audience. It's too bad that "written for an academic audience" so often equals "dry in tone."

Mom and Kiddo said...

No doubt this book would explain to me exactly how a "subscription to a lending library" operates. It seems like every interesting lady in 18th C novels has one.

However, I am also looking forward to reading N's book on his 20 year period of specialization.But what will be his focus? Architecture?

Fanny Harville said...

Mom & Kiddo,
He didn't say what his subject is/will be, just the time period!

Subscription libraries: you paid a yearly fee for the privilege of borrowing books, like today's Netflix or gym memberships.