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”

Recovered Writing, PhD in English, Methods in the Study of Literature, Project 1/5, Literary Area and Reading List, September 25, 2008

This is the forty-seventh 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 engagingContinue reading “Recovered Writing, PhD in English, Methods in the Study of Literature, Project 1/5, Literary Area and Reading List, September 25, 2008”

Science Fiction, LMC3214: Final Paper Topics Were On a Broad Spectrum of SF Media

I just finished grading my students’ final paper projects. Their task was to use several definitions of SF from a list that I had prepared for them (or others that they found on their own and properly cited) to evaluate whether a work that we had not discussed in class was SF or not. ThroughContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214: Final Paper Topics Were On a Broad Spectrum of SF Media”

Science Fiction, LMC 3214 at Georgia Tech, Summer 2013 Begins (Syllabus Attached)

Today, I began teaching my first Science Fiction class at Georgia Tech (LMC 3214 SS2). It is a short-session class, so my students and I will explore the history of SF in only five weeks on a grueling 4 days per week, 2 hours per day schedule. During our first class today, we introduced ourselves,Continue reading “Science Fiction, LMC 3214 at Georgia Tech, Summer 2013 Begins (Syllabus Attached)”

Session Call for Papers, SFRA 2012, “The Neuroscientific Turn in Science Fiction”

As you might already know, the 2012 Science Fiction Research Association conference in Detroit, Michigan [official conference site here] is rapidly approaching! The deadline for submitting paper abstracts is April 23, but I would like to see if there is any interest in a special session before the final deadline. Below, you can find myContinue reading “Session Call for Papers, SFRA 2012, “The Neuroscientific Turn in Science Fiction””

Notes from MLA 2012 Session 15: Useful Fictions? A Cognitive Perspective on the Utility of Emotions, Imagination, and Long Novels

On Thursday, January 5, I suited up and made my way to this session at the annual Modern Languages Association convention in downtown Seattle: Useful Fictions? A Cognitive Perspective on the Utility of Emotions, Imagination, and Long Novels Thursday, 5 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 606, WSCC A special session Presiding: Lisa Zunshine, Univ. of KentuckyContinue reading “Notes from MLA 2012 Session 15: Useful Fictions? A Cognitive Perspective on the Utility of Emotions, Imagination, and Long Novels”

Reading List for PhD Major Exam on 20th Century American Literature

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 Major Exam on 20th Century American Literature”

R.D. Mullen Research Fellowship Deadline on April 1 (no joke)

If you want to get funding to research in the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Utopian Literature at UC-Riverside, then you have until April 1 to get in your application. See below for all of the details. JUST A REMINDER: The R.D. Mullen Reseach Fellowship Committee has extended the deadline for receiptContinue reading “R.D. Mullen Research Fellowship Deadline on April 1 (no joke)”