First, allow me to offer you a window into my world: there is an upside down footstool in the middle of my living room. No idea how it got that way. There is a used, bloodied Band-Aid on top of the upside down footstool. Such is my world.
In the first meeting of Tackling T.I.N.A, an anti-capitalist reading group, we immersed ourselves in discussion surrounding the power of imagination in struggles for change. As literary scholars our work centers around the imagination. One of the core tenets of fiction is that even when it is based on reality, it comes directly from the imagination. We value fiction for the truths that it can tell us about the world. This positions us as change […]
As the fall semester comes to a close we want to take a moment to introduce you to masters student Brian Reese. Mareesa Miles: Hello Brian! Tell us about yourself! Brian Reese: I am a first-year MA student and a teaching fellow. I have strayed down many paths in my life until now. I slaved in restaurant kitchens for many years, worked as a silkscreen printer, a house painter, research assistant and data librarian, actor, […]
November has arrived and with it colder weather. Fortunately, the university is well heated and has numerous events to bring you inside and keep you warm. Also, pumpkin spice lattes. Monday, October 31 The deadline for LSJ abstract submissions is TODAY (Oct. 31). Please send your abstracts to Dana and Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find the CFP and more information about the conference here: http://lsjlehigh.weebly.com/cfp.html (submitted by Dashielle Horne)
By Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno, Dashielle Horn, and Emily Shreve Emily: First-year graduate students have a lot of reading, writing, and grading to do, often in an unfamiliar town away from the usual haunts, and, often, with a tight budget, restricting your options. Over time you’ll discover the best working locations for you, but to speed that process along, Dashielle, Sarah, and I have some suggestions for wonderful (cheap!) places to work and eat in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.
Directing a play is applied criticism (which is to say applied reading); the ballistics to the pure physics of literary theory. I feel qualified to say this (and what is qualification other than a feeling turned into a LinkedIn profile) because for the past two years, I operated, simultaneously, as an English graduate student, and as a playwright-director in New York City.
You did it. Turned in your last paper, finished your last reading, put down your pen, and turned off your caffeine machine. Your first graduate semester is over. You’re tired, or rather chronically exhausted, and all you want to do is lay on the floor and veg out to Netflix for an ungodly amount of hours. Cue Jessica Jones. But what do you do with all the crazy mumbo jumbo of the past 4 months? After […]