Author Archives: Stacy

January 12

(Un)sympathetic Characters

I tell my students that my favorite characters are the messy, complicated ones – the ones who do horrible things and are mean and rude and unlikeable, but still tug at our heart and push us to question our own values and choices.  They are completely unsympathetic…yet at the same time completely sympathetic, too.  Take […]

January 01

What Stacy’s Reading Now: Bittersweet

Ahhh…Christmas Break.  The time when all English professors take a break from grading and lesson plans and meetings and …. read.  (Hmmm…maybe we need new hobbies?)  At least for me, the kind of reading I do during the three weeks in between the end of our Fall semester and the start of my January session […]

Just the kind of “list” that works for an nerdy English professor…

It’s Finals Week.  And it’s 10 degrees.  Holiday planning stress is upon me. Therefore, I’m falling captive to all kinds of distractions, including those on social media.  Here’s the latest  I found on Facebook – and it’s perfect for all of us Lettered Ladies (and Gents). What are your “significant” books, friends?  (I included short […]

November 25

Lettered Ladies Book Club: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

A few months ago – tanned and relaxed from our respective summers and giddy from the fun of our new blog – the Lettered Ladies decided to embark on an adventure together.  Though the six of us now live in five different states and see each other only rarely, we knew that we could be […]

November 13

Shakespeare and Comic Books

Last week, the BBC Culture website posted an article called  “Finding Shakespeare in Thor”; within a few hours, it was reposted by many on my Facebook news feed, including The Folger Shakespeare Library (one of my favorite research libraries for both the nerd-tastic old books and the atmosphere – they serve afternoon tea to the […]

October 22

What Stacy’s Teaching: King Lear

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks! You sulphurous and thought-executing fires, Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts, Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder, Strike flat the thick rotundity o’ the world! Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once […]

October 08

Poetry for the Weary

I went to a poetry reading on Monday night. It had already been a long day of student meetings and emails to catch up on – not to mention helping with the First Year Career Expo all afternoon. So, needless to say, I was dragging by the time I sat down next to my department […]