Author Archives: Mike
that I do not regularly update this blog. I tend to update it in spates of three or four posts, punctuated by months of silence. Still, there may be something here that interests you. Feel free to browse.
My View: What will you do with an English degree? Plenty – Schools of Thought – CNN.com Blogs. Well, strange as it may sound, if you’re an employer who needs smart, creative workers, a 50-page honors project on a 19th … Continue reading
Last fall semester, I experimented with using an iPad (courtesy of TLT @ CofC) to read and mark up some of my students’ writing in a graduate course in a late 19th century American literature and some of the literary … Continue reading
Bret Harte, “The Luck of Roaring Camp” —, “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” Constance Fenimore Woolson, “Solomon” —, “The Lady of Little Fishing” Mark Twain, Old Times on the Mississippi Hamlin Garland, “Up the Cooly” Charles Egbert Craddock, “The Dancin’ … Continue reading
This is a post to see if a link on this blog will open in OAKS, CofC’s online learning management system (LMS). I’m testing because I am strongly considering using a blog as my course homepage and to have that … Continue reading
Here’s the book order for my graduate class in the fall, the wildly-imaginatively titled, ENGL 524: Nineteenth- Century American Literature II. Heath Anthology of American Literature: Late Nineteenth Century (1865-1910), Vol. C. ISBN: 9780547201665 Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham. … Continue reading
I am taking time out from my research for a bit to plan my first year seminar on Mark Twain for this fall. I am excited about the course–about the opportunity to learn more about Twain myself and the opportunity … Continue reading
via The Benefits of Making It Harder to Learn – Do Your Job Better – The Chronicle of Higher Education. A suggestive article by James M. Lang on the positive effects of a little difficulty. Barriers between a learner and material … Continue reading
The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction – NYTimes.com. A nice, compact, tantalizing run-down of contemporary thinking about what neuroscience has discovered about what goes on in our brains when we read fiction. Worth the read.
from Theodore Roosevelt, “Socialism, II — Where We Can Work with Socialists” (Outlook 27 March 1909). I have copied below a couple representative excerpts from part II of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1909 essay on socialism published in the Outlook in 1909. I … Continue reading