The season may be changing, but our commitment to introducing you to the newest members of the community only grows stronger. Today we introduce to you, Katie Hurlock.
Mareesa Miles: Tell us about yourself!
Katie Hurlock: I am a first year MA student. I grew up in Hampton, Virginia and did my undergrad at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia. My interests include 18th and 19th century women writers (especially Austen!), fallen women narratives, and epistolary fiction. I am also very interested in feminist theory and women’s studies. Outside of school, I like to bake, knit, and hang out with cats.
MM: Why did you choose Lehigh?
KH: The LSJ aspect is what first sparked my interest; I am very interested in prioritizing the voices of oft-ignored female writers, and LSJ seemed perfect for doing so! I also wanted to work with the many excellent faculty members in the 18th and 19th century we have here at Lehigh. Finally, I was intrigued by the possibility of being able to teach so early in my academic career. Of the MA programs I applied to, only Lehigh offered such an opportunity, so I am very grateful to have it!
MM: What is your favorite book outside your field of study?
KH: Just about all of my favorite books are within my field of study, so this is a tricky one! I’ll say Herland (only slightly out of my field), A Thousand Splendid Suns, and My Brilliant Friend.
MM: What are you most looking forward to this year?
KH: This question is another hard one! My number one goal for graduate study, more so than anything career-related, is to simply become as strong of a reader and critical thinker that I can be. So, I am looking forward to seeing how I can put this goal into motion this semester and see how much progress I’ll make by December!