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Academic, attorney, editor, and former professor of English discusses writing, literary theory, and items of general nerditude. Sometimes cats!
I just finished attending (and presenting at) my first-ever academic conference: the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, aka #Kzoo2015. Here’s a recap: 1. My presentation, on representations of mental difference and the rhetoric of disability in Gregory of Tours … Continue reading
Yes, this is a plea for funding. If you’d like to skip ahead to the funding part, my PayPal address is firstname.lastname@example.org. So here’s the story: 1.) After two years of MA work and just a few months before actually … Continue reading
Our first-year writing program requires me to teach four basic genres of writing commonly encountered in college classrooms. But it has almost no requirements in addition to these, which gives me a lot of flexibility in how I teach … Continue reading
I’ve been thinking a great deal lately about Othering and its operation in literature, in various ways. Currently, “other” as a verb has a universally negative connotation. “Benevolent Othering” sounds cozy but gets its “sting” from its implication that Othering … Continue reading
Not Congress Congress.* Unless you are a medievalist. Then yes, Congress Congress.** Specifically, I’ll be presenting as part of MEARCSTAPA‘s “Monsters II: De/Coupling Monstrosity and Disability” panel at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, aka “Kalamazoo.” This is the first paper … Continue reading