A Copious Summer Term (Part 2): Navigating the Premises of Cyberspace


Welcome to part 2 in my summer course reflection series. In this series, I explore takeaways that continue to influence not only my scholarship but everyday life. My last post observes my first doctoral level literary theory class and necessary revisions in terms of what readers expect when searching for “literature”, notably ones aside from […]

A Copious Summer Term (Part 1): Embracing Literary Disarray in my First PhD Course: ENGL 955 Literary Theory


I never expected to be an academic scholar, much less a literary one, and now I am one semester (9 credits!) done with my PhD in Literature and Criticism. What makes this program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) exciting, besides the generous hybrid model which allows me to pursue the degree while located now […]

Expanding Literary Horizons Beyond the Paperback


When we hear the term literature or even reading, everyone has their own definition concerning what constitutes “reading” literature. I began thinking about how the definition of literature, especially according to the dictionary, deserves a counterargument. Consider the reliance on physical text in the definition. If we follow through on those restrictions, then I question […]

3 Questions to Ask Yourself to Increase Reading Habits


1. What kind of literature entices you? Often times we think of reading as meeting the expectations of an assignment. Besides the academic setting, this occurs in workplaces too when thinking of lengthy emails that “could have been a meeting” or slide decks with so many words or fanciful designs that zoning out is understandable. […]