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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Idea

I want to write a book that ranges over a lot of texts in the Hispanic tradition, kind of like Celestina's Brood. I think I do have that kind of mind, but have not had the self-confidence in my erudition to wander that far. Anyway, they would be things I've thought about a lot, not the sort of diletantish work that I despise. The only question is whether I want to make it about Anglo-American / Spanish comparatism or not. Once I formulate the question, though, it is obvious what I have to do.

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