Category: PhD

Thoughts: Sodom on the Thames by Morris B. Kaplan

Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times by Morris B. Kaplan Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 20 Sodom on the Thames is a descriptive and argumentative essay divided into four chapters, each of which focuses on one element… Continue Reading “Thoughts: Sodom on the Thames by Morris B. Kaplan”

Thoughts: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 12 Graham Greene is considered by many to be one of the most important 20th Century English writers. His novels are always highly masculine and usually carry a complicated… Continue Reading “Thoughts: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene”

Thoughts: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 11 I first read Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in graduate school (2007?), as part of a 20th Century American Literature class. I loved that class, and the professor, because we read primarily… Continue Reading “Thoughts: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos”

Brief Thoughts: 3 Texts on Literary Theory

How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster YTD: 07 Goodreads Summary: What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in… Continue Reading “Brief Thoughts: 3 Texts on Literary Theory”

Spring 2013 Reading List (Ph.D.)

Last semester was my first in my Ph.D. in English program.  I was very excited about the reading list – and I wasn’t disappointed (just overwhelmed!).  For my two classes last Fall, I had to read a total of 24 required texts (and dozens… Continue Reading “Spring 2013 Reading List (Ph.D.)”

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