ENG 590: “Jailbird”

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”

ENG 590: “Wampeters, Foma + Granfalloons”

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”

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

ENG 590: “Bluebeard”

At the beginning of the semester, my professor broke the news that there would be three presentations throughout the semester (one for each student in the class), and we could choose one of three books to do our presentations on. One of my classmates picked hers right away, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, because it was … Continue reading ENG 590: “Bluebeard”

ENG 590: “Slaughterhouse-Five”

Welcome to the first real entry in my Vonnegut series! Today we're going to go over one of Vonnegut's most famous works, Slaughterhouse-Five. You're probably going to question the order that I do this series in, but don't fret; I'm doing them in the order that we read the books in class. It's as simple … Continue reading ENG 590: “Slaughterhouse-Five”

ENG 590: Kurt Vonnegut

I only have one class left between me and graduation, and that class is ENG 590: the Graduate Seminar. The topic of the graduate seminar for this semester is Kurt Vonnegut. (Last spring, it was James Joyce. SCREW YOU, JAMES JOYCE.) I have never read anything by Kurt Vonnegut. I've been told he's similar to … Continue reading ENG 590: Kurt Vonnegut