Before moving on to projects which have been sitting on the back burner, I want to take a little time to reflect on this year. My first academic year since 2003-2004. The intervening years went so quickly, and it felt surprisingly comfortable to get back into the swing of homework, reading, response papers, seminar papers. Of course, it was just a lot more of everything than in undergrad. But I flatter myself that I handled everything pretty gracefully. (I'm pretty sure that my karmic lesson this time around is grace.) Here's a recap of some of the things I've done in my first year as a Doctoral Fellow in English:
- started this blog
- researched the nature of Authenticity
- wrote a 28-page seminar paper on "The Economics of Language in Titus Andronicus and The Tempest"
- compiled this website outlining my work on The Bookend Project
- read five of George Eliot's novels
- opened my mind about hegemony
- presented with an amazing panel on Digital Literacy at the NEWCA conference at Southern New Hampshire University
- compiled scripts for Titus Andronicus and The Tempest
- directed a dual RAW production of Titus Andronicus and The Tempest, my very first experience as director.
- logged many hours at a terrific Writing Center as a one-on-one Writing Consultant
- had an article accepted for publication
- presented one of my George Eliot papers on "Speaking with Dorothea's Voice: Languages of Art, Architecture, and Textuality in George Eliot's Middlemarch" at the St. John's Graduate Conference
- had my ass kicked reading James Joyce's Ulysses, an incredibly humbling experience
- solidified my love for the nineteenth-century British novel
- got sick of the weight I'd gained over the last few years and lost 14.5 pounds in the spring semester
Some totals which blow my mind:
- Number of books read: 31
- Number of pages read: I can't bring myself to actually figure this out, but I will estimate this figure at over 8,000 -- between novels, books on theory, secondary readings for class, and additional research for papers. Maybe I'll actually figure this out at some point and update.
- Number of pages written: 182
- Estimated ounces of coffee consumed: 1,450
Many thanks to my fellow students, inspiring professors, and colleagues at the Writing Center for welcoming me into the St. John's community this year. I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with you. Although I am really ready for a break right now, I know by the time the fall semester begins, it will feel too long to have been away.