1. I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that there is no good way to teach Thomas Carlyle's Past and Present out of the Norton anthology. To begin with, Norton turns the text into Pastless Present; it's not as though the Jocelin of Brakelond material is irrelevant, folks! And then I spend too much time summarizing omitted, yet necessary, passages. Buckler's Prose of the Victorian Period does a rather better job, I think, but assigning it just for Carlyle makes no financial sense. Time to break out the photocopies.
2. It's time that I learned how to use the new multimedia carts. If nothing else, the Pre-Raphaelites will look ever so much prettier when projected in full color.
3. I wonder: what effect does length have on the literary canon? (Dad the Emeritus Historian of Graeco-Roman Egypt once speculated that high school students of his generation read George Eliot's Silas Marner because "it was short enough to fit in an anthology, and it had no sex.")
4. Would it be considered terribly heretical of me to say that I dislike teaching James Joyce's "Araby"?
5. Unlike last year, this year's crop of graduate students seem to have appreciated the "don't go on for a Ph.D. unless you have a trust fund, lottery tickets, and masochistic tendencies" lecture. We'll see what happens next fall.