Category Archives: Teaching

April 20

Engraving in the 21st Century

When asked if I would review the new textbook on engraving, Design to Touch, written by Rose Gonnella and Erin Smith and published by the International Engraved Graphics Association (IEGA), I of course leapt at the chance. As someone enchanted by letterpress printing, I am equally fascinated by its sister art. Physically, the processes are […]

April 09

Reader Empathy

We’re reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist in my World Literature class right now. Included in the brief Q&A at the back of our book is a comment from author Mohsin Hamid about why he writes: “I believe that the core skill of a novelist is empathy: the ability to imagine what someone else might feel.” After […]

February 19

Endings

I realized last week something that I probably always knew – my favorite part of a book (or poem or story or movie) is the ending.  In two different courses with two wildly different texts in front of me (a collection of contemporary Chinese short stories and a poem from 1633), I gushed in front […]

February 04

“The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the Author”: Or, Ron + Hermione 4-Ever

One more reason I love my job: I spent my January sitting around a conference table talking with students about book covers, fan fiction, and the role of the “Author” and “Reader” in contemporary culture. My “Culture of the Book” class is always a favorite to teach – it’s based on my own research interests […]

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 […]

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 […]