Daniel Keyes’ [Flowers for Algernon] – On Disability, Animality, and Structure

I think I'll begin by stating that Flowers for Algernon is perhaps one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books that I've read recently. In the narrative, Algernon is the name of a laboratory mouse who successfully underwent an operation to increase its intelligence. The main focus of the novel, however, is Charlie Gordon,  a man suffering … Continue reading Daniel Keyes’ [Flowers for Algernon] – On Disability, Animality, and Structure

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John Donovan’s [I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip] – The First YA Novel With Gay Content

During the same political and cultural climate that produced the 1969 Stonewall Riots, John Donovan's I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip was published.  Although the riots were not causal of the books publication, it is no coincidence that both events were symptomatic of the tensions and pressures faced by the newly forming gay … Continue reading John Donovan’s [I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip] – The First YA Novel With Gay Content

My Ultimate Reading Challenge – The Reading List for My PhD Candidacy Examinations

Part of the requirements for the doctoral degree in English at the University of Notre Dame are written and oral exams (which I will take in March of 2014). The exams are a requirement that demonstrate that all doctoral students have in-depth knowledge of a major field, a secondary field, and a literary theory/methodology, in … Continue reading My Ultimate Reading Challenge – The Reading List for My PhD Candidacy Examinations