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Reading Between the Strike-Outs: Moments of Agency in Hannah Crafts’ Revisions

My favorite part of The Bondwoman’s Narrative are the fleeting glimpses of Hannah Crafts’ editing pen, the bold strikeouts of sentences she rearranges anew. Her occasional revisions to the text add another dimension, an extra layer of meaning to interpret. … Continue reading

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The Liminality of Illness in The Blithedale Romance

I’m pretty sure this is my first time reading Hawthorne. Two summers ago I picked up The Scarlet Letter, folded the corner of the third page down into a triangle and abandoned it on my bookshelf back home by accident. … Continue reading

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Billiards and Utopics

When I am not in class or falling off my bike I am working behind the front desk of my residence hall as a desk attendant, as the liaison between residents and our supply of games. The pool sets are … Continue reading

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Constructing Places of Agency: Melville’s “Benito Cereno” and Peter Coddle’s Trip to New York

There are a few disconnected threads floating around in my head after today’s class discussion, but I think there is a way to chart their intersections, the way beads resting on those places where thread meets thread on a dream … Continue reading

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Constructing the Intimate: Places of Pleasure in “Songs of Myself” and Venus in Boston

The idea of place, in both the abstract and physical sense of the word, has been at the forefront of our class discussions.  It also seems to be the connecting thread between Walt Whitman’s “Songs of Myself” and George Thompson’s … Continue reading

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Song of My Self-Destruction

Whitman’s “Song of Myself” creates an imaginary, a space, perhaps a liminal space, of being. A space to examine and interrogate the fragments of ‘Self’—not sure if the ‘s’ should be capitalized—that come from within and which are projected onto … Continue reading

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