Don Quixote & Literacy Rates Throughout History

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Starting a PhD has meant a dive back into coursework, and this term (which started back in January), I’ve been enrolled in, I think, one of the most interesting, exciting, and disorienting courses of my academic career: a directed reading of Don Quixote. I finished the 900-page tome about two…

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Working with PDF Annotations: Bookends, PDF Expert 5, & Evernote

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Annotation is a vital part of academic reading and research. It’s a practice that is discipline- and field-agnostic—all of us need to mark up our texts as a way of interacting with what is being communicated to us. With physical documents (books, articles, etc.), this is as easy as grabbing…

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New in PAPERS: Master’s Thesis Proposal & The Affect of the Freakish in Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love

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I’ve updated the PAPERS section of the site with two new pieces. The first is the proposal for my current master’s thesis project. The project is called Waxing Ornamental: Reading a Poetics of Excess in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood, and it’s naturally what’s occupying the majority of my time at…

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Seamless PDF Annotation Sync with PDF Expert 5’s Two-Way Sync

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As a follow-up to my post on using Bookends, PDF Expert 5, and Dropbox to manage your PDF library, I thought I’d explain one of PDF Expert’s even more powerful features: two-way sync. The primary benefit of two-way sync is that it is automatic. Instead of downloading files from Dropbox…

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12th Annual Concordia English Graduate Colloquium Schedule

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This is a nice coincidence: after posting the schedule for this year’s Université de Montréal English Graduate Conference, I discovered that the schedule for this year’s Concordia English Graduate Colloquium had been posted as well. I will be presenting at this colloquium on March 1, and this year’s topic is…

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