Author Archives: Stacy

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 […]

September 30

Rewards

I’ve been teaching college freshmen for more than ten years now – first as a graduate instructor in Rhetoric and General Education Literature and now as an English professor at a small liberal arts school.  There have been countless sections of “required” writing and literature classes, and at the beginning of each one I asked […]

September 10

Why I’m an English Professor

Six years ago, I was in the blur of the first few weeks in a tenure track job – sleep deprived from all the lesson planning, nervous that I wasn’t smart/fun/“adult” enough to have this job…  But I remember one specific Thursday afternoon amidst that stressful time: sitting in a circle of desks with twelve […]

Book-y Things

Like two other of my fellow Lettered Ladies, my research and teaching interests involve many aspects of Book Studies and Book Arts – publication history and medium, issues of authorship and readership, even variant book covers and title pages.  My students know me as the professor interested in “book-y things” (my own sophisticated, academic term). […]

Summer Reading

As a college professor, I enjoy my “time off” in the summer – or, rather, my time to actually get some work done that doesn’t involve grading papers and going to meetings.  I enjoy the slower pace, warmer weather, and Farmers Market veggies as I revise articles and read for upcoming classes.  I also love […]

August 14

Best Books of All Time?

Last week, I came upon this article:  “40 Books to Read Before Turning 40”.  I jokingly sent it to my boyfriend – currently enjoying his last few months in his 30s – and noted that he “has a lot of reading to do.”  The books on the list are certainly some I’d recommend to anyone […]

July 22

What Stacy is Reading Now: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga

When I start something new, I dive in wholeheartedly.  Over the years, my friends and family have seen me intricately plan my dissertation in a twenty-page outline and carefully separate out my lesson plans and teaching materials in binders and multi-colored file folders.  I still proudly read books with two different colored pens in hand.  […]