Why Blog About Tolkien?

When I first decided to devote the entire month of December (and, obviously, the latter part of November) to posting strictly about Tolkien, my first thought was:  What do I have to offer that hasn't already been said?  Why should anyone read anything that I post about the venerable Tolkien and his voluminous corpus?  After … Continue reading Why Blog About Tolkien?


Re-Reading “Harry Potter”–“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

Well, it's been quite some time since I shared my thoughts on the Potterverse, but with a Prospectus due to my Advisor and my annual Tolkien reading commencing, I haven't had as much time to indulge in the world of HP.  However, I have had the chance to finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of … Continue reading Re-Reading “Harry Potter”–“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

Teaching Outrage

In my course on reading popular culture, I spend several weeks teaching students how to discern the ideologies at work in popular culture texts, focusing each week on a particular reading method.  After several weeks of vigorous and intellectually engaged discussion about the vexing nature of popular media, one of my students asked, "So, what … Continue reading Teaching Outrage

Leave your Message, not your Trash


On a frigid yet sunny day in January 2014, I happened to find myself a couple of blocks away from the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. I was in the capitol visiting the Folger Shakespeare Library for some research, and had arrived early in the morning for a long day of archival exploration (or, let’s face it, geeking out over old books). As the day went on and I occasionally stepped out for food or sunlight, I slowly realized what else was happening that day on the Hill. It was a special year for the March—the 40th anniversary—and thousands had managed to show up despite the 10-degree weather and recent city-stalling snowstorm. I myself am avidly pro-choice (and have been since I read The Cider House Rules in high school) so I will admit I was less than pleased to find myself among the throng of pro-life…

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Unruly Instruction: Pedagogy, Feminism, and the Unruly Woman


Hello world! It is a pleasure to be the blogger this month for Metathesis and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on a few different topics with our readers. Don’t forget—if you like this blog YOU, TOO could be a contributor. Check out our CFP here

For my first post I thought I would share a (very) condensed version of a paper I presented at Syracuse’s annual Future Professoriate Program Conference in Spring 2013. Last year, a colleague of mine (and, full disclosure, editor of this blog) organized a panel on “embodied pedagogy” and invited me and a fellow colleague to participate. I had never deeply considered the term “embodied pedagogy” before, yet a recent course evaluation had me questioning my physical presence in my classroom and its relationship to my pedagogical strategies. On an evaluation for my British Literature survey course, a student responded to a prompt to…

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“American Horror Story: Freak Show” Review: “Bullseye”

Well, the title of this week's episode of American Horror Story pretty much sums up my viewing experience.  It hit all of the right notes:  the acting was on par, the narrative was nice and tightly focused while still moving forward, and there were some interesting cinematographic choices that really showed how dexterous some of the directors … Continue reading “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Review: “Bullseye”

Re-Reading “Harry Potter”–“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

Since it's been a while since I posted about my return to the world of Harry Potter, I thought I'd finally get down to writing about the third volume, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Although its film version is by far my favourite of all of the films, the book version is not my favourite … Continue reading Re-Reading “Harry Potter”–“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

A Faculty Perspective on Shutting Down Crouse-Hinds

THE General Body


Dear Chancellor Syverud,

I write to appeal to you to stop and not repeat the lock-down situation in Crouse-Hinds that took place this weekend. I am a tenured faculty member who was worked at SU for 18 years and who has served in various leadership capacities at SU, as a former Department Chair and as the former Agenda Chair of the University Senate.

After a long day working on campus with various committee meetings and students,  I went to Crouse-Hinds on Friday at 6 p.m. to visit several students participating in the sit-in. Two of my doctoral students and one undergraduate student I mentor were e inside taking part in the sit-in. I wanted to check up on them and make sure they were doing OK. I also wanted to see if I could do anything for them–provide food, necessities, or anything they might need for school work as well as let them know I…

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