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5 Books Every Incoming English Major Should Read

You read a lot of books as an English major in college. Some books are more enjoyable, interesting, and frankly more worthwhile to read than others. As someone who recently graduated with a degree in English lit, I've thought a lot about all those hours spent staring at pages at my desk or in the… Continue reading 5 Books Every Incoming English Major Should Read

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Is it possible to read TOO MUCH into a book? | Discussion

We’ve all been there: sitting through a high school English class as the teacher goes on about the symbolism of the yellow car and Doctor T. J. Eckleburg’s ever-watching eyes in The Great Gatsby, wondering whether or not F. Scott Fitzgerald really intended for us to dissect every move of his pen. Is it possible to… Continue reading Is it possible to read TOO MUCH into a book? | Discussion

College

Done with my English major?!?!

It's done! I graduated from Wheaton with a BA in English! It's a strange feeling, being done with my English major after so many years of looking forward to and working towards it. I've been incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity to dive into the study of literature, especially for an intensive year at… Continue reading Done with my English major?!?!

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Books I Wished I Had Been Assigned to Read as an English Major

In less than a week I graduate with a bachelor's degree in English, and it's a very bittersweet moment for me. Although I am very excited to move onto another chapter of my life, I'm also sad to leave my amazing friends and the lovely Wheaton community behind. However, the end of undergrad also marks… Continue reading Books I Wished I Had Been Assigned to Read as an English Major

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Avoiding Book Burnout as an English Major

Recently someone asked me in a comment how I avoid burning out as an English major--in other words, how do I keep from getting sick of reading? It might sound implausible that a bookworm could get tired of reading, but it definitely happens. When the line between work and play is blurred, it can suddenly feel… Continue reading Avoiding Book Burnout as an English Major

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How I Came to Study English in College (and why I stayed that way)

A few months ago someone commented on one of my blog posts asking if I could write about how I came to study English literature in college. Since my second to last semester of college begins in just two days, I thought now would be a good time to finally answer this question. Growing up,… Continue reading How I Came to Study English in College (and why I stayed that way)

Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Pair with Classics

Happy Tuesday!! August is coming to a close, which means it's time to start thinking about going back to school. This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is back-to-school themed, which means I've decided to focus on classic literature. Classics definitely get a bad reputation from required reading lists in classrooms; however, I think looking at… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Pair with Classics

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My Problem with Shakespeare | Discussion

Confession: I don't particularly like Shakespeare. Usually when I tell people I'm not a huge fan of Shakespeare I receive a piercing glare and a disapproving "Really?" This conversation inevitably results in me trying to defend my opinions while undergoing intense scrutiny from the opposing party. Apathy towards the Bard was the norm when I… Continue reading My Problem with Shakespeare | Discussion

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How to Read Sexist Texts When You’re a Feminist English Major | Discussion

Recently I had the displeasure of taking a course dedicated to Renaissance poetry, and MY OH MY were those old white men a bunch of misogynistic poets. While there were a few glimmers of hope amidst the nearly translucent pages of my weathered Norton Anthology of Poetry (as shown by my previous discussion of Shakespeare's Sonnet 2),… Continue reading How to Read Sexist Texts When You’re a Feminist English Major | Discussion

College

Sophomore Status Achieved | College

It's official: I'm now a sophomore in college! As you read this, I am moving into my new dorm room and bracing myself for my first semester of sophomore year to begin. Currently I'm an English major (and potential Hispanic Studies double major) at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  The thought of starting a new… Continue reading Sophomore Status Achieved | College