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Kit, Tom and Jerry: The Poet Who Foretold Cartoons

Kit, Tom and Jerry: The Poet Who Foretold Cartoons

Published: Feb 15th, 2017

For the Mouse is a creature of great personal valour. For this is a true case–Cat takes female mouse, male mouse will not depart, but stands threatening and daring. Plot… Read More

Hearing the Whole Choir in Your Classroom

Hearing the Whole Choir in Your Classroom

Published: Jan 25th, 2017

I’ve recently assumed an administrative position that involves mentoring over 100 graduate teaching assistants. They include new and seasoned instructors. They include MFA and PhD students who teach a range… Read More

Dubbing the Page: Teaching Linton Kwesi Johnson

Dubbing the Page: Teaching Linton Kwesi Johnson

Published: Sep 25th, 2016

This week I taught Linton Kwesi Johnson again in my PostPunk Cultures seminar on the British 1980s. (I also teach him in Modern British Poetry). Each time I return to… Read More

Which Teaching Persona Are You?

Which Teaching Persona Are You?

Published: Aug 20th, 2016

Here’s a conversation starter I tried out for new TA Orientation, co-sponsored by UF English and the University Writing Program. Feel free to play along! Whichever teaching persona you are–or most decidedly… Read More

Sonnet Ascent! (a teaching adventure)

Sonnet Ascent! (a teaching adventure)

Published: May 29th, 2016

Imagine arranging your students in vertical rather than horizontal space. Imagine them traversing the tower stairs in iambic rhythm, working the meter into muscle memory. Imagine composing a carillon piece from sonnet forms,… Read More

Portals, Gates: A Conference Odyssey

Portals, Gates: A Conference Odyssey

Published: May 8th, 2016

I’m back from a mind-expanding conference at McGill University, “Portals, Gates: The Classics in Modernist Translation,” co-organized by Miranda Hickman (English) and Lynn Kozak (History and Classical Studies). The conference… Read More

Plath and the Periodic Table

Plath and the Periodic Table

Published: Apr 6th, 2016

I’m teaching The Bell Jar this week in my “Desperate Domesticity” class on the American 1950s. And what strikes me this time around is English major Esther Greenwood’s adventures in physics and… Read More

Lady Edith and Dame Edith

Lady Edith and Dame Edith

Published: Mar 13th, 2016

Now that Downton Abbey has aired its final episode in the U.S., I can finally air a pet theory of mine: Lady Edith was surely inspired by the legendary Dame Edith… Read More

Ad Encounters with Houston A. Baker, Jr.

Ad Encounters with Houston A. Baker, Jr.

Published: Feb 20th, 2016

In the wake of Mad Men, mid-century American advertising seems to open portals to a domestic past that stands still. Nuclear families gather round Carousel slide projectors that never advance.… Read More

Cake Baking with John Cheever

Cake Baking with John Cheever

Published: Jan 22nd, 2016

I’m teaching my “Desperate Domesticity” course on the American 1950s, nicknamed “From Cheever to Beaver” by a former student. And I find myself thinking about cookbooks and gender performance as I… Read More