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November 15, 2017

What is classic literature? This is an essential question in literary criticism, but also in the daily lives of ordinary readers. In order to answer it, these additional questions must also be considered:

1. Are classic and classical literature the same thing?

Not usuall...

October 9, 2017

 I took a fiction writing class recently that outlawed genre fiction. Most of my classmates and I felt claustrophobic with this prohibition on the first day of class, and even after learning the definition of genre fiction, I still felt hesitant every time I turned in...

September 27, 2017

As an English major, I’ve read my fair share of books, both for school and for pleasure. Although I love stories of all shapes and sizes, the ones I find most enchanting are those that introduce me to a world of fantasy. Whether it’s Hogwarts, Panem, or Narnia, I’m alw...

January 15, 2017

Previously, we examined textual functions and their uses in spoken discourse. By separating the “social” functions of words from the linguistic functions of words, we were able to see that even the most seemingly minute “filler words,” or pragmatic markers, serve vital...

January 14, 2017

We often find ourselves using “filler words” in every day conversation. “Um,” “uh,” “like,” “well,” and “so” are just some examples of what pragmalinguists call “pragmatic markers.” At work, college, or any other professional or academic environment, these markers are...

January 10, 2017

Merriam-Webster defines pandering as “to do or provide what someone wants or demands even though it is not proper, good, or reasonable.” Just by reading that definition, it is obvious to see how subjective the term is. It also has a very negative connotation. It is oft...

January 9, 2017

One of the most common questions I get these days is, “What is your major?” and my answer remains the same, English. Then the question of what I want to do with that, like teaching or editing magazines and newspapers. There is this awkward moment when I tell them I wan...

December 14, 2016

Let’s continue on in the same vein as last time and look at the pronouns who/whom/whose since you guys switch those up all the time. They’re so easy, I promise.  

The thing about pronouns is that they take the place of a noun. You’re probably familiar wit...

December 12, 2016

Line breaks are  

an obvious necessity 

in poetry—as  

we all know. 

Except when they are not because—as we all know—prose poetry is a thing that exists, so essentially I advise that, as poets, we all internalize that rules are fake, so is the concept of an obvio...

December 9, 2016

As I explained in the first part of this two part blog entry of mine, internships are an important part of making yourself competitive in the job industry, especially if you’re trying to get a job in book publishing, for example. One way you can apply to internships is...

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