Welcome to the Arcades. I’ve created this space as a place for me to do some informal musing on topics related to my research and teaching, with the goal that frequent short writing will keep my ideas flowing and my writing skills honed. In fact, just writing this introduction I’m having to think so much about the flow of my prose, what “voice” I should have in this space, how to organize spontaneous ideas into coherent posts – it’s already working!
I’ve titled this blog “The Arcades” because I envision it as a vast space to wander around, framed and supported by the many thrusts of my ideas and interests. I also think of it as a Victorian space, a space designed to be both ornamental and eminently practical (many arcades were designed as shelters for pedestrians). Arcades also make me think of Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project, and — to bring in my interest in the digital — arcade games. The picture on this blog’s header is of the Cleveland Arcade built in 1890 and captures the sense of space with structure that I hope this blog will be for me.
I’ll be writing about Victorian literature and culture as it relates to my research, but also as I see it intersecting with my other interests in Neo-Victorian and Steampunk literature, and my teaching in the digital humanities. I can also envision posts dealing with general pedagogy, course design, and teaching with technology which are all topics I’ll be considering on a daily basis as I teach first-year English at Georgia Tech. And finally, as a candidate on the job market, I will be chronicling my experience in the job search and using this site as a place to direct people who are interested in my teaching and research.
I’m also going to set myself some challenges related to reading and writing. My first is my goal to complete a revision of an article draft that I have been working on this summer. More on that to follow, but I will use this space to keep myself motivated about my writing and to set myself writing goals. Secondly, I plan to write a weekly review on new journal articles and academic texts which relate to my research and to Victorian scholarship in general. And finally, I have set myself a “Victorian Novel Challenge” — I’m planning on reading (or re-reading as the case may be) 50 Victorian novels (or collections of stories or poetry) by fall 2011. I will post my reading list here and chronicle my progress in regular installments. This would be a whole lot easier if I were a Modernist…
So, come on in, wander around, and say hello. This is a big space, I wouldn’t mind some company.