That’s It!

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!

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The Problem with YA Fiction: Relationships

A few days ago I came across this post on Dreamy Reads, which details some of the problems with YA fiction. She mentions love triangles and everyone having a boyfriend/girlfriend by the end of a book/series, and getting treated like you're weird if you don't have one by a certain age. I, of course, added … Continue reading The Problem with YA Fiction: Relationships

ENG 590: First Vonnegut Scholarship

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

Banned Books Week

In honor of Banned Books Week, I wanted to share a paper I wrote a few years ago (Spring 2016, to be exact) about a banned book. The project was to pick a book from the banned list, research a specific instance of banning, and write a paper on it, inserting our own opinions as … Continue reading Banned Books Week

“Manipulator: The Role of Language in Doctor Faustus and The Alchemist” — ENG 511 Final Paper

This is the final of a series of three posts where I upload my essays from the last semester for y'all to read and comment on, if you want. Find the other posts here and here. This is the paper I struggled with the most after that awful Ulysses paper. I feel like I wrote myself … Continue reading “Manipulator: The Role of Language in Doctor Faustus and The Alchemist” — ENG 511 Final Paper

“Death in Ulysses: How Bloom and Stephen Navigate the World of the Undead” — ENG 590 Final Paper

This is the second of three posts that cover the papers I wrote for my finals in the Spring 2017 semester of my first year of grad school. If you missed the first one, check it out here. The focus of my ENG 590 class was James Joyce. Specifically, James Joyce's Ulysses. If you've never read … Continue reading “Death in Ulysses: How Bloom and Stephen Navigate the World of the Undead” — ENG 590 Final Paper