I need a clever play on words title for my paper on Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing and Dante’s Divine Comedy.
So I’m researching PhD programs and trying to choose a specialization. I basically have a really wide field of interest when it comes to literature; I like medieval and early modern literature, the 19th century Gothic, the American modern, Romanticism…all of which are very respectable areas to specialize in. However the areas I find myself most drawn to are Folklore and Pop Culture. Literature of the people, you know?
So then the problem arises, do I pick a comparative studies program or an English program?
But besides that, what I’m most excited about is having a doctorate in fairy tales and comic books.
Oh and also the school I apply to has to have a Russian language program because I really want to learn that shit.
Maybe itâs a Pavlovian response to years of schooling, or that the brisk weather affords more hours inside, or something else entirely, but the fact is this: November seems like the time to take on…
I’ve read eight!
Literally so super stoked to read this. Chapter titles include:
"Infection in the sentence: the woman writer and the anxiety of authorship"
"Milton’s bogey: patriarchal poetry and women readers"
"Horror’s twin: mary Shelley’s monstrous eve"
"Looking oppositely: Emily Bronte’s bible of hell"
"George Eliot as the Angel of destruction"
"Strength in agony: nineteenth century poetry by women"
I hate writing abstracts.
You want me to, eventually, write a 20+ page research report but sum it up in 300 words or less?
I’m writing 3 different abstract paper proposals for 3 different conferences on 3 different topics. PLUS the actual work for classes I’m doing.
If I don’t get accepted for at least one, I’m going to be so disappointed in myself.
Today I got approval to do my first graduate level research paper on Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.
Sometimes I worry that I should have picked a more “practical” career path. Then I get to do shit like this.
Suck it, doubters.
You know you’re in grad school when you can’t find any sparknotes or wikipedia entries on that novella you were supposed to have read.
The worst thing about english-majoring is that you don’t FEEL like you have homework, because you really just have to read.
Then suddenly it’s the night before and you realize you have 4 cantos of Dante’s Inferno + Notes, 3 chapters of your literary criticism textbook, 1 novella, and 1 short story to read. Not to mention the reader response questions and 5 annotated citations you have to write up.
Gonna be a long night.
I’m a little disappointed in my New Orleans Lit class. It’s not so much about literature FROM New Orleans as it is literature ABOUT New Orleans.
And there’s lots of diary entries and memoirs and interviews and documentaries. All the non-fiction cultural stuff that I’m not really a big fan of. Half the authors aren’t even from here, it’s just an outsider’s perspective.
Where’s Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote and A Confederacy of Dunces and Gumbo Ya Ya?
Meanwhile, the course I was least looking forward to is actually pretty funny and great. 18th Century British Restoration Literature turned out to be hilarious.
i am reminded that english is a flawed language every time I am forced to use “that that” in a sentence
it’s not fair that that happens
“In English,” Professor Austin said, “a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn’t a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative.”
A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”
- Friends: What a useless major.
- Friends: Don't let my tax money be paying for you while you're on welfare.
- Friends: Technology will overtake all written forms of communication in ten years, so no one will need anyone to write things.
- Friends: You won't be able to break into the publishing business.
- Friends: Try writing paranormal romance, or else you'll never get published!
- Friends: Good luck getting a job!
- Friends: Go into engineering instead!
- Friends: Hey, could you edit this paper for me?