George Saunders has described the question at the core of this book as, “How do we continue to love in a world in which the objects of our love are so conditional?” …


What is the bardo, and how does it function in George Saunders’s book? In what way does the bardo apply to those who are living as well as the dead?

The bardo is, in Tibetan Buddhism belief, a state of existence between death and rebirth. In his story, Lincoln in…


Why might Krauss have given her novel the title The History of Love, the same as that of the fictional book around which her narrative centers?

Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love is, at least I found it to be, is a masterpiece. I made it a bit hard for…


You may often be asked why you are studying (majoring or minoring) or even why you’re taking courses in English. As we are approaching the last few weeks of the course, how might you explain why studying texts and their meaning has become important? So, why English?

When my senior…


Read and Respond (however you would like) to “The Perils of Choose Your Own Adventure Books.

In this article for The Atlantic, now former writer for the publication Alana Semuels writes of her experiences reading books in the Choose Your Own Adventure series as a child, calling into question the…


Haas mentions that a wampum is “a hybridization of the oral tradition and symbolism is woven into the material rhetoric.” Where else do we see this hybridization? Where else can hypertextuality take place? What other seemingly-non-related things function similarly to hypertext? To social media?

This idea might be a mile…


The Great Gatsby’s title was not Fitzgerald’s choice and never his favorite. How would the book’s reception be changed if it were instead calledTrimalchio in West Egg,” “The High-Bouncing Lover,” “Gold-Hatted Gatsby, or “Among Ash Heaps and Millionaires”?

While I cannot speak definitively for every reader or book-peruser out…


What is the experience of reading The Great Gatsby as a graphic novel so far?

Four chapters in, just shy of the halfway point — finally, a fair bit behind schedule — and I am rather enjoying the experience of reading The Great Gatsby: The Graphic Novel.

It’s sort of…


What is your familiarity with The Great Gatsby? Have you read it before? More than once? At different times in your life? What adaptations with The Great Gatsby have you seen?

The Great Gatsby and I go back to tenth grade, which sounds like not that long ago. …


A reflection on Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler.

You, as a reader, are directly addressed and involved in the narrative of Calvino’s text. Did you feel this to be limiting in any way? Did you see yourself in the text? …

Jessica Shealy

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