Comics as a Tool for Summarizing and Understanding Essays

Sherman Alexie's essay "The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me" includes a paragraph about paragraphs: I still remember the exact moment when I first understood, with a sudden clarity, the purpose of a paragraph... I realized that a paragraph was a fence that held words. The words inside the paragraph worked together for … Continue reading Comics as a Tool for Summarizing and Understanding Essays

Kalamazoo 2019 Can Be #TheFutureWeWant

Medieval studies has become a site of tension as the field is one of the last to interrogate its approaches, methodologies, effects, and responsibilities. Over the last few years, with the rise of white supremacists across America and Europe, medieval scholars have ramped up efforts that were already underway to bring a more nuanced and … Continue reading Kalamazoo 2019 Can Be #TheFutureWeWant

Literary Hindsight: Teaching Medieval Love and Violence

At a Kalamazoo ICMS roundtable titled "Teaching Violence and Trauma in the Premodern Classroom (A Roundtable)," the question arose: How do we get our students to understand that the violence and horrors depicted in the literary and historical texts are not necessarily representative of the realities of the time? I was reminded of an exercise … Continue reading Literary Hindsight: Teaching Medieval Love and Violence