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relevant be- yond its disciplinary headquarters. For students of literature, historiog- raphy can prevent anachronistic and nonsensical readings of literary works. And considering seriously the contemporary stylistic and the- matic tropes almost necessarily produces new and more informed read- ings. Luckily, recent discussions have all but dispelled the myth of historical context being somehow extraneous to literary analysis. At the same time, arguments such as Rita Felski’s provocative claim that “con- text stinks,” in which she fundamentally questions literary