Recovered Writing, PhD in English, Comprehensive Exam 1 of 3, 20th-Century American Literature, Dr. Kevin Floyd, 2 June 2010

This is the fifty-eighth post in a series that I call, “Recovered Writing.” I am going through my personal archive of undergraduate and graduate school writing, recovering those essays I consider interesting but that I am unlikely to revise for traditional publication, and posting those essays as-is on my blog in the hope of engaging othersContinue reading “Recovered Writing, PhD in English, Comprehensive Exam 1 of 3, 20th-Century American Literature, Dr. Kevin Floyd, 2 June 2010”

Science Fiction, LMC3214: Concluding Aliens and Feminist SF, Review for Exam 2

In today’s class, we finished watching James Cameron’s Aliens and discussed how it fits into our earlier discussions on feminist SF (Ripley as strong female hero, challenging stereotypes: Ripley, Vasquez, Ferro, and Dietrich vs. Gorman and Hudson, alternative modes of reproduction, the human role in alien reproduction–“impregnate,” remaking motherhood, what does it mean to beContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214: Concluding Aliens and Feminist SF, Review for Exam 2”

Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – NYTimes.com

According to a report in The New York Times, test taking is the best method for remembering learned information. I had heard anecdotal evidence for this before, which is why my first tier writing students will have a few writing exams during the semester. This will serve two purposes: 1) My students will have additionalContinue reading “Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – NYTimes.com”

I Have Officially Passed All Three PhD Exams

I received “a very very strong pass” on my third and final PhD exam! Even though I’ve been waiting to hear about the results of that exam, I have been formulating my dissertation topic. I picked up three bags of books from the library yesterday, and I hiked another bag back home today. I’m skimmingContinue reading “I Have Officially Passed All Three PhD Exams”

PhD Exams, 2 Passes, Major Exam Results in July

I received word from Mack Hassler this morning that I had passed the PKD exam! That’s two down, and only one to go: 20th-Century American Literature. Kevin Floyd is working abroad in Germany this Summer, so he won’t get back to me until sometime in July. I knew this going into the exams, so noContinue reading “PhD Exams, 2 Passes, Major Exam Results in July”

PhD Exams, All Done but the Waiting, 1 Pass

I finished my third and final PhD exam today on the fictions of Philip K. Dick. I have already received a pass from Tammy Clewell on my Postmodern Theory exam, so now I wait to hear back on my other two exams. It’s a relief to be done, but it doesn’t really feel like I’mContinue reading “PhD Exams, All Done but the Waiting, 1 Pass”

Tomorrow It Begins, First of Three PhD Qualifying Exams

Tomorrow, I will take the first of three PhD qualifying exams. The first will be the longest at five hours on 20th-century American literature. Thursday, I will take my postmodern theory exam, which will take four hours, and next Monday, I will take an exam on Philip K. Dick’s writings, also four hours. It’s stormingContinue reading “Tomorrow It Begins, First of Three PhD Qualifying Exams”

Reading List for PhD Minor Exam on the Works of Philip K. Dick

In June 2010, I will take my three PhD exams in the Kent State University English Literature PhD program.  For these exams, I convened a committee of trusted professors, each administering one exam. I choose to take my exams in these areas: 20th Century American Literature (administered by Kevin Floyd), Postmodern Theory (administered by TammyContinue reading “Reading List for PhD Minor Exam on the Works of Philip K. Dick”