I have a divided academic brain. Not like Sydney, who wants to study 30 different fields at once, but I do have more than one literary love. When I start working on dissertation stuff this summer and fall, I am going to be focusing on British Modernism (i.e., British literature from 1890-1950). But I also really love Southern fiction: Faulkner, Steinbeck, you name it. Mom got me started on it and I’ve been on that Southern kick ever since, even though I thought I might burn out by writing my undergrad thesis on Faulkner. My poor roommates – they heard more about that man than anyone could possibly want to hear! Very sorry, Lisa and Sarah!
It’s an area that I don’t see taught very often in the Northern schools I’ve attended, but it’s one I want to continue pursuing. So I thought I would pitch a Southern literature class to my department, and they seemed to find this acceptable. I just learned a couple of days ago that my proposal for “Women of the South” was picked up. I’m really excited! What a great excuse to read in an area that I don’t often get to explore!
Speaking of reading (a constant fixture in our house), I saved up my pennies and bought 8 Virginia Woolf books that just arrived in the mail today. Of course, I now want to sit down and start reading, but I think I’ll have to hold them out as a carrot for getting me through my term papers!
Off to enjoy my reading giddiness.