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Striving for Perfection?

I feel like there’s a lot of pressure in this world to be “perfect.” Sometimes I think feel it a tad more acutely since I’m a PhD candidate, and there seems to be this silent expectation that all PhD candidates should be close to perfect at all times, like perfect little aca-angels. However, if I’m… Continue reading Striving for Perfection?

American Literature · phd · School

That successful “First Draft!” done feeling

I just finished the first not totally awful draft of my American Literature paper, which, through a series of ups and downs ended up being about publisher influence and authorial choices in the 1850s abolitionist paper The National Era and Putnam’s Monthly Magazine. I looked at Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Melville’s “Benito Cereno” and I feel pretty alright about… Continue reading That successful “First Draft!” done feeling

Media Studies and Fandom · phd · School

Saying Goodbye to Justified: The Justified Series Finale

This blog post was originally posted on 4.19.15 for the “Endings” Class blog in my graduate level Studies in Narratology course, taught by Dr. David Lavery. See the Course homepage here here, and view other “Endlings” blog posts here: http://narrativeendings.blogspot.com/ While discussing our expectations for the series finale of FX’s Justified, my husband admitted that he… Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Justified: The Justified Series Finale