Literary theory is a trip. I just spent roughly a year, off and on, studying the topic. I watched Professor … Continue reading What’s the Point of Literary Theory Anyway?
I first read James Wood’s How Fiction Works nearly ten years ago, shortly after it was published. And it hasn’t aged well. … Continue reading When Literary Criticism Doesn’t Work
So I’m on Week 6 of my literary theory class, and I’ve discovered that I actually like it. Like literature … Continue reading Ways of Reading: Part II
I started my first MFA class with a pretty clear idea of how things were going to go. Literary theory. … Continue reading Ways of Reading: Part I
Different institutions give it various names. Narrative Strategies. Textual Strategies. Literary Theory. Readers and Writers. But whatever you call it, … Continue reading The MFA Class No One Likes
When I enrolled for my prerequisite language courses in 2013 leading up to my M.Ed., I was headed to grad … Continue reading The MFA for the Chronically Ill Writer
Lately, I’ve been reading through elite literary journals, and I have to say I’m disappointed. Thanks to #MeToo, Hollywood had … Continue reading Literary Journals Need a #MeToo Moment
Over the last two years, I’ve read Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, More’s Utopia, Aristotle’s Poetics, and sections from The Epic … Continue reading The Western Literary Canon, or the Curious Case of the Male Ego