Good Eats: The Middle Ages

Despite our modern differences with Medieval cookery, that does not make their preferred foods of lesser taste and quality—ideal Medieval dishes are just as rich and flavorful in their own unique way.

We are all capable of being a hero: Wiglaf as the hero in Beowulf

Traditionally, Wiglaf is not the hero in Beowulf; the poem is not titled Wiglaf. Yet, he is the only warrior willing to fulfill his devotion to the leader, Beowulf, and fight boldly, even to death if necessary. The warriors, along with Wiglaf, are to follow the Anglo-Saxon heroic code and defend Beowulf, favoring death over…

Jane Austen’s Dashes

(full image in post) Here is an infographic of a project I am still actively working on. I began this project in the spring of 2017 and hope to complete it this semester. I’m closely studying Jane Austen’s dashes in her unpublished works, and hope to show how Austen’s dash usage increased over her lifetime and ask,…

Faulkner’s Influence on Southern Contemporary Works

This semester, I took two English classes both focused on the South, but each concentrated on two seemingly different versions. The first being the Jim Crow, early twentieth-century South in Major American Authors: William Faulkner with Dr. McKelly, and the second being the modern-day South, specifically works created in the last eight years, in Southern…

The Deliberate Choice of “Classic Man” in Moonlight

In the third and final part of Moonlight, Chiron introduces the audience to Black, his new, present-day persona. Unlike his timid, insecure school days when he was nicknamed Little, Black is now a burly, masculine drug-dealer residing in Atlanta. In this part of the film, Black drives home to Miami to meet Kevin, his former…

Quentin’s Impulsiveness – The Sound and the Fury

Response assignment for my fall Major American Authors: Faulkner (ENGL4460) course. 2017. If someone is driving and hydroplanes, his or her first impulse is to slam the breaks—which increases the severity of the hydroplane. Quentin Compson’s character would attempt to slam the breaks, or yank the steering wheel, in order to feel in control of…

Katy Perry Should Try Emotional Refusal

Response paper for my fall Argumentation (COMM3700) course. 2017. Taylor Swift’s application of emotional refusal throughout her career not only benefits her brand, but also silently takes down her aggressors.