Miscellany from the Material World of Books
“Our business is to see what we can do with the English language as it is. How can we combine the old words in new orders so that they survive, so that they create beauty, so that they tell the truth? That is the question.”
– Virginia Woolf, "Craftsmanship"
John Paul Riquelme
Podcast: The Gothic Novel
John Paul Riquelme, Professor of English at Boston University and Co-chair of the Modernism Seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, is currently writing books about Oscar Wilde's relation to literary modernism and about the cultural logic of the Gothic. His publications include Teller and Tale in Joyce’s Fiction and Harmony of Dissonances: T. S. Eliot, Romanticism, and Imagination (both Johns Hopkins University Press), edited collections of essays about Joyce and Eliot, and annotated editions of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He edited the collection Gothic & Modernism (Johns Hopkins, 2008), which includes his introductory essay about the modern Gothic, his essay on Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray as Aesthetic Gothic, and his co-authored essay on Frankenstein and Octavia Butler’s science fiction trilogy, Xenogenesis.