Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Just two more weeks

I'm in the home stretch as far as teaching goes. In the drama course, our last sequence includes a number of different treatments of the theater of empire: Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, Thomas Southerne's theatrical adaptation of Behn's novella, a great recent stage adaptation of both by the British-Nigerian writer Biyi Bandele, some of Edmund Burke's speeches impeaching the governor-general of the East India Company, Warren Hastings, and finally Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play Pizarro, about the conquest of Mexico. Plus a little Artaud for good measure. In the graduate class, three more novels to go (Frances Burney's Evelina, Jane Austen's Emma and Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, plus miscellaneous criticism by Adorno and Bourdieu. I've got several other books to read for 'school' (namely, Seth Koven's recent book Slumming and eighteenth-century novelist Sarah Scott's Millenium Hall). Plus the usual run of talks and meetings and such. I am desperate to read a trashy novel or two but I can see it's going to have to wait...

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