It's been just over two and a half weeks since I defended my thesis, so sit down and let me tell you all about it. I met with the director of the English Graduate Program on Thursday for coffee (I had hot chocolate) at a place near my office, so I could slip away in … Continue reading Thesis Defense in Review
I'm done. I finished my critical afterword for my thesis at 8:57 this morning, printed it, and put it into my nice file folder. It's all ready to turn in this afternoon. (I'm working through lunch and then leaving work early in order to get it to Montevallo before the English office closes at 5:00.) … Continue reading That’s It!
I am so close. So very, very close. Today I sent off the first part of my thesis to my committee members. This is a 93 page fiction piece, the beginning of what I hope to be my first novel. I sent it in via email today, because I need to give them enough time … Continue reading Part I, Done!
Where has June gone? It's June 16th! I don't like this! I've somehow let the first half of June slip away from me without publishing any posts (only the ones that I had pre-scheduled to post, at least...). Y'all, I just don't know what to do. Anyway, we're here to talk about Vonnegut's novel Jailbird. I … Continue reading ENG 590: “Jailbird”
This is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut's speeches and essays, all collected under the title Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons, which are three words from Cat's Cradle that Vonnegut invented. This is a particularly tricky book to talk about, because I'm so far removed from it that I don't really remember everything I read. I will talk about … Continue reading ENG 590: “Wampeters, Foma + Granfalloons”
You are free to skip this particular blog post, because I'm sure you didn't sign up to read critical/literary essays when you decided to follow this blog. However, if that's right up your alley, go ahead! If you've been following along, you'll know that my Vonnegut class required three Vonnegut scholarship essays, each of week … Continue reading ENG 590: First Vonnegut Scholarship
Here we are! The final ENG 513 novel: Persuasion. While I did get further in this one than I did in either Mansfield Park or Emma, I still didn't 100% this one. Why? I think I was just done with school at that point, and the book was not necessary for me to write my final paper, so … Continue reading ENG 513: Persuasion