John Corey Whaley’s “Where Things Come Back” – A Haunting and Truly Thought-Provoking Read

It is difficult to find quality young adult novels with a sensitive male teenager as the protagonist. While this has to do with the stereotypes generally tied to readers of the genre, the rarity of this character also has a lot to do with issues and perceptions of gender in contemporary society. There is something … Continue reading John Corey Whaley’s “Where Things Come Back” – A Haunting and Truly Thought-Provoking Read

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s [Epistemology of the Closet] – A Staple of Queer Theory

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet is often approached as one of the most groundbreaking discussions within the study of queer theory. Combining philosophical, legal, literary, and historical approaches towards queerness and human sexuality, Sedgwick's text is focused on the destruction of the dichotomous divides used to discuss and categorize expressions and epistemologies (states of … Continue reading Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s [Epistemology of the Closet] – A Staple of Queer Theory

On the Evolution of Literary Culture – Jim Collins’ “Bring on the Books for Everybody”

One of the greatest challenges throughout my years engaged in graduate study has been the struggle to validate my field. Validation certainly is a problem in the humanities, especially with the advent and reign of STEM fields and areas. However, even within the field of English, I am constantly met with ridicule, or sometimes scorn, … Continue reading On the Evolution of Literary Culture – Jim Collins’ “Bring on the Books for Everybody”

On YA Novels with Male Bisexuality – Eddie De Oliveira’s “Lucky”

As YA author Malinda Lo once pointed out in her wonderful discussion of bisexual characters in YA literature, "representations of bisexual characters remain few and far between." This, as Lo pointed out, has a lot to do with the perception of bisexuality in contemporary society, where it is often viewed as an "excuse" for admitting one's … Continue reading On YA Novels with Male Bisexuality – Eddie De Oliveira’s “Lucky”

Justin Torres’ “We the Animals”: A Fresh and Animalistic Twist to the Coming-of-Age Narrative

When constructing the list for my doctoral exams, I wanted to include novels that discussed issues of development, coming-of-age, and sexuality from multiple perspectives. Justin Torres’ We the Animals not only caught my attention because it was favorably reviewed by authors such as Michael Cunningham, but also because it contains Puerto Rican representations—and as some … Continue reading Justin Torres’ “We the Animals”: A Fresh and Animalistic Twist to the Coming-of-Age Narrative