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July 22, 2015


Mr Punch

It seems to me that much of your work is analogous to that of the first generation of scholars in American Studies (Henry Nash Smith et al.), who combined historian's and critical perspectives to engage with canonical, non-canonical, and subliterary texts. Many became professors of English, but their background was explicitly interdisciplinary, and they were often regarded as historians.


I guess I'm with you in interdisciplinary-land, because both angles sound fascinating to me (speaking as someone whose favorite study spot in grad school was the theological-school library with all its musty old bound periodicals). My work has always been on the borders of English and history, and my dissertation director is a now-venerable American-Studies type.

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