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Data-Mining Olomeinu Magazines

Data-Mining Olomeinu Magazines

Over the past few months, I've gone down a rabbit ...
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Going Maverick: Writing Textbooks and Superheroes

Going Maverick: Writing Textbooks and Superheroes

Once again this semester, I'm teaching composition at a new ...
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Lessons in Club Creation: A Group Activity

Lessons in Club Creation: A Group Activity

In my composition class this week, my students read an ...
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Synthesizing Class Discussion and Essay Assignments

Synthesizing Class Discussion and Essay Assignments

In my class on children's literature this week, I assigned ...
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Syllabus Hunt

Syllabus Hunt

On the first day of my English 101 class, I ...
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The Fun Begins: Fall 2019 Syllabi

The Fun Begins: Fall 2019 Syllabi

There's just about a week left before classes start. I'm ...
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Summer 2019 Twitter Book Club: Robin McKinley, Tamora Pierce, Diana Wynne Jones

Summer 2019 Twitter Book Club: Robin McKinley, Tamora Pierce, Diana Wynne Jones

Whether you're like me and can quote whole passages from ...
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CFP: Sharing Spaces in Children's and Young Adult Literature

CFP: Sharing Spaces in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Kristi Fleetwood and I are organizing a session at NeMLA ...
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Revising Syllabi and Assignments: Picture Books

Revising Syllabi and Assignments: Picture Books

It's the end of the semester, and I'm waiting for ...
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Textual and Emotional Complexities for a (formerly-Orthodox) Jewish Medievalist

Textual and Emotional Complexities for a (formerly-Orthodox) Jewish Medievalist

This past weekend, I attended and participated in the wonder ...
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Using PowerPoint Projects to Teach Essay Skills

Using PowerPoint Projects to Teach Essay Skills

When I teach literature, my focus is on enabling students ...
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Sorted: Educators' Praise as Evidence of Their Ideologies

Sorted: Educators’ Praise as Evidence of Their Ideologies

According to one theory about the Hogwarts Houses and the ...
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Announcing: The Bais Yaakov Project!

Announcing: The Bais Yaakov Project!

I am overjoyed to announce that I am part of ...
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Comics as a Tool for Summarizing and Understanding Essays

Comics as a Tool for Summarizing and Understanding Essays

Sherman Alexie's essay "The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman ...
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Syllabus Creation: A Nightmare Within a Dream

When I was offered a course on Critical Approaches to ...
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Release and Relief on the First Day of Class

Release and Relief on the First Day of Class

Yesterday was the first day of class for my two ...
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A Little Organization Goes a Long Way

A Little Organization Goes a Long Way

I recently helped a friend who was struggling in her ...
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Kalamazoo 2019 Can Be #TheFutureWeWant

Kalamazoo 2019 Can Be #TheFutureWeWant

Medieval studies has become a site of tension as the ...
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Setting the Bar Low: Teaching Students to Draft

Setting the Bar Low: Teaching Students to Draft

As the summer begins to wind down for me (what, ...
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Call for Papers: Kalamazoo 2019

I'm organizing a panel at the 2019 International Congress of ...
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Literary Hindsight: Teaching Medieval Love and Violence

Literary Hindsight: Teaching Medieval Love and Violence

At a Kalamazoo ICMS roundtable titled "Teaching Violence and Trauma ...
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An Ex-Orthodox Queer Reviews a Review of Disobedience

An Ex-Orthodox Queer Reviews a Review of Disobedience

This weekend, I saw Disobedience twice. I have been looking ...
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Can I Go Back & Rewrite My Adolescence?

Can I Go Back & Rewrite My Adolescence?

A while ago, I posted about a song from my ...
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Student-Teaching

Student-Teaching

One of the great things about engaging as a student ...
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Race and Religion in The King of Tars: An Undergraduate Lesson

Race and Religion in The King of Tars: An Undergraduate Lesson

This is a pretty cut-and-dry account of a lesson I ...
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I'm Published!

I'm Published!

This post isn't going to say much - I just ...
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Narrow vs. Broad Writing Prompts [or] Full-Class vs. Individual Writing Instruction

Narrow vs. Broad Writing Prompts [or] Full-Class vs. Individual Writing Instruction

In my first few semesters of teaching Freshman Composition, I ...
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Shakespeare Shenanigans

Last semester when I taught Twelfth Night, I led my students ...
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Pacing in a Literature Class: A Bit of Luck

Pacing in a Literature Class: A Bit of Luck

My class is usually really lively and loud. We dive ...
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Fighting the Past: Medieval Dragons in Children’s and YA Literature

Fighting the Past: Medieval Dragons in Children’s and YA Literature

I presented this paper at the Pearl Kibre Medieval Society's ...
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Forced Standpoint as Pedagogical Tool

Forced Standpoint as Pedagogical Tool

The dissertation I'm working on now examines medieval literary texts ...
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Being Able to Talk First

Being Able to Talk First

More than the content of the texts the students read, ...
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Tiny Tweaks, Powerful Payoffs

Tiny Tweaks, Powerful Payoffs

I know that one of my great teaching weaknesses is ...
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Lullabies

Lullabies

My mother used to sing us to sleep with a ...
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Lusting for Love

Lusting for Love

I find myself perhaps disproportionately frustrated when my students come ...
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Lend Me Your Ears: Shakespeare in the Park's Julius Caesar as a Comment on Rhetoric

Lend Me Your Ears: Shakespeare in the Park's Julius Caesar as a Comment on Rhetoric

This year's Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar makes ...
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Little Big Girl: Feminism & Adolescence in "Little Red Riding Hood" Song

Syllabus prep led me to two versions of the song ...
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Look, Mom, I'm a Mom!

Look, Mom, I'm a Mom!

The process of Alyce's transformation in The Midwife's Apprentice from the scared ...
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Thinking and Feeling

Thinking and Feeling

Earlier this semester, I read Patricia Ingham's article on the ...
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Remember Me: Memorializing Complex Events on Tombstones in Malory

Remember Me: Memorializing Complex Events on Tombstones in Malory

As I read the section in Morte Darthur titled "The ...
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Mapping the Grail in Malory

I doodled this before class tonight and shared it with ...
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Human Agency and Responsibility in Malory's "Balin or the Knight with the Two Swords"

Human Agency and Responsibility in Malory's "Balin or the Knight with the Two Swords"

The story of Balin in Malory's Le Morte Darthur is littered with ...
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Malory's Merlin: Shadows of the Druids in Arthur's Christian Court

Malory's Merlin: Shadows of the Druids in Arthur's Christian Court

(I am just beginning to read Malory now but want ...
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Love and Sex: Synonymous in YA Literature?

Love and Sex: Synonymous in YA Literature?

My previous post "Can Sex Be Just Sex? Pleasure and ...
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Stained

Stained

This, with some slight edits and my own poem added ...
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My Evil Twin and Me: When the Doppelganger is the Better One

My Evil Twin and Me: When the Doppelganger is the Better One

The evil twin as a trope in literature is fairly ...
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Tree of Knowledge: Language, Voice, and Differance

Tree of Knowledge: Language, Voice, and Differance

Melinda's focused and determined attempt to create a perfect tree ...
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Can Sex Be Just Sex? Pleasure and Trauma in YA

Can Sex Be Just Sex? Pleasure and Trauma in YA

Sex in Young Adult literature - always a contentious topic ...
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On Being and Essence (De Ente et Essentia)

On Being and Essence (De Ente et Essentia)

As I worked on my final paper for this semester's ...
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Wynnere and Wastoure

Wynnere and Wastoure

A comment in class yesterday got me thinking about something ...
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The Consolation of Philosophy

The Consolation of Philosophy

Last week I read Eugene Thacker's In the Dust of This ...
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Historia Calamitatum

Historia Calamitatum

Most of the time, when someone first finds out I ...
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Le Conte du Graal

I've been drawn to Arthurian legend for as long as ...
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Mundus et Infans

Mundus et Infans

I was browsing through my old reading lists recently, and ...
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The Wanderer

The Wanderer

Hey there! I'm starting this blog partly as a way ...
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