Author: Laura Kremmel

Horror Endings: Tales from the Gothic Reading Group

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Lehigh Culture & Community

This year, the Gothic Reading Group celebrated its fifth year with a host of psychological, spectral tales. The theme of the year (unintentionally) seems to have been ancient magics and twist endings. We continued our tradition of meeting Friday afternoons in Packer House, passing out the skull goblets, and pouring out wine, literary commentary, fears, and phobias. With our first text, we jumped into a jumble of partial documents and firsthand accounts in D.A. Stern’s […]

Why You Should Consider Rare Book School

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Advice / Teaching

I just spent a week at Rare Book School—a program based at UVA that offers book-related courses to scholars, collectors, librarians, booksellers, etc—learning about the principles and best practices of scholarly editing. It was an incredible, valuable, and exhausting experience, and I’ve written a more extensive blog post about the ins and outs of the program elsewhere. But, I wanted to take a few minutes to put this experience in the specific context of our […]

Demon Babies, Snake Women, and Vampires: Just another Semester for Gothic Reading Group

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Lehigh Culture & Community

I think it’s safe to say that, this semester, the Gothic provoked more fear, surprise, exasperation, and… confusion than ever before, and that’s saying a lot for six semesters of GRG strangeness. Our group is dedicated to tasting both the “canonical” texts of the Gothic, those we’ve all heard about (or seen the movie), as well as the obscure, sensational, and campy works that hide within its shadows. We aim to analyze and explore the […]

What’s Grad School Got to Do with Blogging? A lot! Things to consider before you start

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Advice

This is a version of two workshops I held this past semester, and I thought it would be a good reminder about blogging over the summer! These are just some rudimentary things to think about if you are a first-time blogger. Please feel free to post questions, concerns, or experiences with blogging in the comments! Pursuing and sharing your academic interests through blogging is a great way to expand your professional network and to keep […]

Alt-Ac: Maybe We’re Already Doing It

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Advice

Almost a year ago, I wrote a post for the NASSR Grad Student Caucus blog called “Alt-Ac-Attack: Thoughts on Preparing for the Job Market.” At that time, our department was just starting to increase professionalization practices geared towards alt-ac options. In fact, I think the term was still new to me at the time. Since them, it seems like everybody’s talking about it, from grad students and faculty in the department to larger academic blogs, […]

Be Afraid of the Dark: Tales of the Gothic Reading Group

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Lehigh Culture & Community

This September marked the third year for the Gothic Reading Group (the fifth semester, if you’re keeping track). Our group has been dedicated to exploring and enjoying the Gothic across different time periods and forms, from the earliest Gothic texts (The Castle of Otranto and Christabel), to the Victorian (The Beetle, Werewolf Stories, and Behind a Mask) to contemporary (Dangerous Laughter, Zombie, Altmann’s Tongue, and Coraline). We’ve read poetry, short stories (notably the classics of […]

Academic Publishing Panel

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Advice

“Publish or perish” is a phrase we often hear in relation to tenure, but a sparse job market glutted with applicants has brought it down to the graduate level. As Lehigh’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences told grad students and faculty at a panel on academic publishing, having publications has become absolutely necessary to compete in that market. As I’m sure you’ll agree, this is a daunting and disheartening statement. However, the […]