Nicholas Dames: “The Chapter: or, A History of Segmented Life” (11/13)

As part of the 19th Century Graduate Workshop, Nicholas Dames will be giving a public talk on Thursday, November 13 at 3:30 on “The Chapter: or A History of Segmented Life.”

In his talk, Dames will analyze the evolution of the “chapter” to show how it became a fundamental aesthetic and ideological aspect of Victorian novels.

Even if you’re not officially enrolled in the workshop, you are very welcome to attend Dames’ seminar on Friday, November 14 at 9:30am. The seminar will be on “Protocols of Victorian Criticism.” In it, Dames will lead a discussion of Victorians’ methods of critiquing novels and how those methods might help us to understand our own critical modes, including “close reading” and political or historical criticism.

Below is a list of readings.

Both events will be in 311 Denney.

Nicholas Dames is Theodore Kahan Professor in the Humanities and Associate
Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia

Readings for “Protocols of Victorian Criticism”:

Margaret Oliphant, “Sensation Novels,” Blackwood’s 91 (May 1862): 564-85.

G. H. Lewes, “Criticism in Relation to Novels.” Fortnightly Review 3 (Dec. 15, 1865): 352-61.

—. “Currer Bell’s Shirley,” Edinburgh Review 91 (January 1850): 153-73.

Whitwell Elwin, “The Newcomes.” Quarterly Review 97 (September 1855): 350-78.

Thomas Cleghorn, “Writings of Charles Dickens,” North British Review 3 (May 1845): 65-87.

[Geraldine Jewsbury], “New Novels,” Athenaeum 1635 (February 26 1859): 284.

[E. S. Dallas], “Great Expectations,” The Times (October 17, 1861): 6.

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