September172014
ccballard:

Yes, please.

ccballard:

Yes, please.

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September162014

themouseabides:

Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein is not the monster.

Wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein is the monster.

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11AM

Anonymous said: Um hi. I'm going to major in English lit in a matter of weeks, but I'm still scared. I'm really really shy and quiet. Will these things affect my studies? Because most of the people I know (who are taking English lit) are really outgoing and they could really talk well. While I, on the other hand... I'm too timid. Any advice for the awkward, shy, and timid English majors? (I'm sorry to waste your time on this and thank you for answering.)

Hi there! Thanks for your question! 

First, congrats on choosing English as your major (I couldn’t quite tell from your question, but it sounds like you’re just starting college, yea? In which case, congrats on that as well!) 

I was fairly timid myself when I started studying English Lit. It’s natural to be nervous or a little scared when starting something new, I think. And English majors can be an intimidating bunch— especially the well-spoken ones. It’s very easy for a shy English major to fall into the trap of thinking Oh god everyone here knows so much more than me oh god I should’ve studied computer science instead.

The beautiful thing about literature, though, is that your interpretation of a work is just as valid as everyone else’s. And there are those English majors who will talk forever just because they like the sound of their own voice. So don’t let that make you feel inferior. 

Will being reluctant to speak up in class affect your studies? It depends. In many classes, a percentage of your grade comes from participation. However, classes that require participation usually include a weekly discussion section led by your TA, and you’ll be interacting with a much smaller group than your lecture— around twenty people instead of a couple hundred. So that’s a good place to start building your confidence in talking about literature to a group.

(I will say this is all based on my experiences in the University of California system, so if things are different at other places, followers, let me know!) 

Also, getting to know your TA and your professor can help a lot. A professor I know said to me once: “We love to be thought of as people.” Crazy, right? Coming to office hours, and asking questions, even after lecture or discussion— that can go a long way. If they see that you’re making an effort, even if you’re not offering up answers in lecture, they’ll think of you as a person, too. (I found that professors I took the time to get to know tended to be more lenient if I happened to miss a class or turn in something late, too.) 

One final note: questions are never a waste of time. On tumblr, in class, wherever— ask away! How else are we supposed to learn? 

I hope that helps! 

—DEM

September142014
8AM
September132014

macrolit:

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

8AM

raisingareader:

Better pictures. It’s so pretty ^_^

September122014

WORD OF THE DAY

lazarusinlove:

This is how I feel after a whole week of non-stop reading for class.

lackadaisical: \ lack-uh-DAY-zih-kuhl , adjective;

1. Lacking spirit or liveliness; showing lack of interest; languid; listless.

Quotes:

Drowsy from the heat and from fatigue, he dozed to the steady lackadaisical  clips of the mule’s shoes.

— Patricia Powell, The Pagoda

8AM
“Monster" is derived from the Latin noun monstrum, "divine portent," itself formed on the root of the verb monere, "to warn." It came to refer to living things of anomalous shape or structure, or to fabulous creatures like the sphinx who were composed of strikingly incongruous parts, because the ancients considered the appearance of such beings to be a sign of some impending supernatural event. Monsters, like angels, functioned as messengers and heralds of the extraordinary. They served to announce impending revelation, saying, in effect, "Pay attention; something of profound importance is happening.” My Words to Victor Frankenstein: by Susan Stryker  (via arabellesicardi)

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words info 

September112014
“Read as much as you can. Nothing will help you as much as reading.” J. K. Rowling  (via kayleyhyde)

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