Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Week In Review: September 21-26, 2015

The first thing I did this week was to set some boundaries for myself. Adding up an estimated number of hours I was spending on work for the past few weeks, I realized I was putting in 60+ hour weeks and getting very little return for the investment in terms of time for research and writing, mainly because I let my time be frittered away on non-essential things …. Continue reading

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The Week In Review, September 14-20

Research […………] Unless you count researching departments to write cover letters. It was a very busy week for that kind of research. Writing I completed the Man of Law’s Tale section of my dissertation and converted it into an article, … Continue reading

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“What’s in a name?”: Rethinking the “Essay” in the contemporary college classroom

I am going to argue here–perhaps, controversially–that the average poor performance on an essay at the college level has nothing to do with a student’s actual ability to complete such an assignment, and everything to do with the student’s misconception of what an “essay” is. While there are certainly “lazy students” who cannot be bothered to do the work, I find that the vast majority of mine are not lazy in the slightest; rather, they’re afraid of letting me down (and of getting a bad grade). Continue reading

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The Week In Review: September 7-12, 2015

Brace yourselves; this was one of those weeks. Research For the dissertation: Literature review for Man of Law’s Tale; I consulted Carolyn Dinshaw, Chaucer’s Sexual Poetics, Sheila Delany, “Womanliness in the Man of Law’s Tale” in the Chaucer Review, 9.1 (1974), Priscilla … Continue reading

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The Week In Review, August 24-30, 2015

Research For the dissertation: Noah D. Guynn and Zeinka Stahuljak, Violence and the Writing of History in the Medieval Francophone World (D.S. Brewer, 2013) Mary Catherine Davidson, Medievalism, Multilingualism, and Chaucer (Palgrave, 2010). For the Melusine essay (and also a … Continue reading

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