Cultural Patchwork in the Classroom: Shelley Jackson, Tom Stoppard, William Gibson, and Bruce Sterling Rewrite the Romantics

Jay Clayton's essay documents, with great brio and scholarly rigor, his attempts at bringing together Romantic literature and popular culture in a classroom environment. Clayton explores three modern texts - Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine, and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia - and their relationship to, and usefulness in, teaching Romanticism. He offers a critical reading of these texts and addresses questions of history, genre and periodization.