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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Sometimes we read books

Here at Blogging the Renaissance, it's not all funny stories about teaching, puns on penis and vagina, and snark about conferences. Sometimes we actually do research and sometimes we keep up with work in our field. And now, through the magics of the internets, you can keep up right along with us. We're starting an occasional reading group (very occasional if other obligations like teaching, committees, and of course blogging, get in the way), in which we pick a book and set a date by which we'll have read it, and then we'll post about it. Radical idea, we know. If you want to read the book and join in the commenting fun, so much the better. We'll be thrilled. If not, well, we'll just talk to each other, as we do so often here. We're not proud.

As with our conference reports, you'll be able to find our reading history in the sidebar, for all the future archival historians out there. And for all the authors in our field who are constantly Googling themselves (lock the bathroom door).

For our first book, we're deciding among:
Why are we deciding among these? No real reason. People are talking about political theology a lot, and we all liked Halpern's first book. If you look at the dates on them, you can see how well we've been keeping up with work in our field. Hence the reading group. So those are the options. Feel free to chime in with your choice. Or we'll just pick one. Read along with us. It'll be fun. Just like when you were in kindergarten and the preznit read you My Pet Goat, or as we like to call it, Reading Mastery Level 2, Storybook 1 (1997).

  • At 4/04/2006 12:45:00 PM, Blogger Hieronimo wrote…

    Shuger would be my first choice, then Halpern, then Lupton.


  • At 4/04/2006 03:57:00 PM, Blogger Greenwit wrote…

    I vote Halpern (shocking) then Lupton, then Shuger.


  • At 4/04/2006 09:04:00 PM, Blogger La Lecturess wrote…

    I'd love to play along at home, whatever book you decide on--although I'm embarrassed by how unsuccessful I seem to be at finishing works that aren't immediately relevant to something I'm working on.

    For nothing it's worth, my ordering preference would be Shuger, Lupton, Halpern.


  • At 4/05/2006 10:24:00 AM, Blogger Simplicius wrote…

    I'll be happy with whatever we choose, but I'll second Truewit's ordering: Halpern, Lupton, then Shuger.


  • At 4/05/2006 12:57:00 PM, Blogger Inkhorn wrote…

    Well, I would be happy to read any of them, but my ordering would be Lupton, Shuger, Halpern. What's our deadline on this? It looks like it's going to be Shuger -- and wouldn't you know it, that's the one State U's library doesn't have, for some reason.


  • At 4/05/2006 03:23:00 PM, Blogger Hieronimo wrote…

    So, awarding points on a 3, 2, 1 basis, so far by my count we have:

    Shuger 10
    Halpern 10
    Lupton 10

    Uh oh. Let's see if anyone else wants to play the home game.


  • At 4/07/2006 10:46:00 AM, Blogger Simplicius wrote…

    As we discussed last night, I'd be happy to begin with Shuger. Not only is it on a play I'll be teaching again next year, but it's short (about 140pp.). I'll also be reading Halpern at some point this summer--it'll be useful for my teaching next year and it's on a topic I'm increasingly curious about, trends in twentieth-century Shakespearean criticism, of all things--so maybe others will want to read along then.


  • At 4/07/2006 11:39:00 AM, Blogger Hieronimo wrote…

    Agreed. Let's start with Shuger. It's the page length that really appeals to me. But I still want to read Halpern too, and it's on a very different subject (Lupton is on a similar subject, so might be good for reading on one's own after Shuger). We could tentatively schedule Halpern in for our next reading.

    Can we agree to read Shuger by circa May 1?


  • At 4/07/2006 12:32:00 PM, Blogger La Lecturess wrote…

    Great by me, although all my reading may happen between the end of my classes on April 28 and May 1.


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