Dear Gentle Readers:
My first year of my PhD wrapped up swimmingly. I took courses in topics ranging from Marxist ideology critique to medieval nationhood. I learned that medieval maps tended to face east because that's where Paradise is and that Derrida gets ambivalent when his cat sees him naked. I have written on Donne, Kant, Zizek, Lacan, Althusser, Spenser, Augustine, Higden, Trevisa, Chaucer, Jameson, and John Speed. I have many good ideas for my dissertation. But most of all, I had a blast.
I am sorry that I did not bring you along for the ride. I was overwhelmed and decided that blogging was the last thing I needed. Now, though, I start the next phase of my program: The Comprehensive Exams. I will be reading a fairly extensive list of some of the top hits in English Lit, and I have decided to pick up blogging again. I can't promise you genius, but maybe I can introduce you to some awesome works. So for the next 4 months, enjoy the ride; it will be a crazy one.
Your Humblest Author.