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July 16, 2006

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Mano

With that sort of critique, it is hard to know how to respond. Taking on those novels in particular wasn't your project, and it seems evident (from your link to the reviewer's book) that you felt close attention to Middlemarch and Waverley would have replicated existing scholarship too closely--yet it's that very person who wanted to see you focus on those texts! One thing my graduate advisor has often said to me is that it is a game to learn what is exigent for one's readers, and many times we will invariably lose that guessing game regardless of how well thought out our projects might be.

The review is mostly laudatory, though, and now I feel happily compelled to read your book. It sounds like a refreshing and timely rethinking of women's history.

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