Archive for the 'arts and humanities' Category

#BookHour: Reading the Literatures of the Americas in Public

I am really pleased and excited to be part of a recent initiative led by U.S. Studies Online called #bookhour. Basically it is a monthly discussion on Twitter about a pre-selected title, usually a new/recent release or an American Classic that has been re-released in a new edition. I was asked to join the #bookhour team […]

Exciting Developments: Academic Writing, Poetry & Lorna Dee Cervantes!

It has been several weeks since I last posted here and a lot has happened in that time revolving around academic writing and poetry. First, November was Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo). I managed to reach just under 7,000 words, less than last year, but not to shabby nonetheless. Of course, #AcWriMo is so much more […]

Three Halloween Costumes Inspired by American Short Stories

In the spirit of Halloween I have come up with three simple costumes inspired by 19th century American short stories. Whether you are a somewhat troubled trickster or a passive treater there’s something for everyone. For the more passive trick or treater….. Rip Van Winkle! Yes, this guy is really easy. He comes from a […]

Girls Just Want To Be George, Jo, or Buffy: Reading Nostalgia and Heroines in Literature

A colleague shared the above image with me and I was reminded of so many books that have drawn me in to the point where I feel like I’m part of the narrative. For me, the trauma comes from having to let go of  immersed narrative experiences. Women and girls in literature like George Kirrin, Jo […]

“Jus’ and ol’ Graveyard Ghost”: Past and Present in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Bruce Springsteen’s, “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”

*This was originally published in my MA in American Literature and Film Research Journal (March 2010)* “You can get killed just for living/ In your American skin” – Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots)” This post examines the continuing relevance of John Steinbeck’s social and cultural vision in The Grapes of Wrath. It shall be […]

From Text to Screen: A [tele]Vision of Stephen King’s Works

I recently read about J.J. Abrams’ wish to purchase the rights to Stephen King’s 11/22/63 with a view to creating  a miniseries or TV series. This news comes as many King fans await the premiere of the Under the Dome (CBS) series in June 2013. The notion of Abrams taking point on Kings time-travelling novel is not unattractive. […]

Eiléan Ní Chuilléanáin’s “A Macaronic Citizen” and Poetry Translation: A Reflection

Several weeks ago I wrote a review of a poetry translation workshop I attended in University College Cork. It was a series of three meetings: 2 workshops and 1 seminar. This seminar was delivered by Eiléan Ní Chuilléanáin, poet, translator and academic on the 30 May 2013. Her paper, “A Macaronic Citizen” examined the complexity […]

Thesis in a Tweet

Recently I partook in a challenge to condense my thesis topic into a 140 character (or less) tweet. I decided to rework the opening lines of Romeo and Juliet as a nod to my literature studies background. This also helped to produce a succinct description that emulates the poetic core of my project. 2 Chicana poets, both alike in feminist dignity In unfair U.S. […]

“Shelling the Pecans” by Lorna Dee Cervantes (Audio)

This poem won Lorna Dee Cervantes the 2007 Pushcart Prize for Best of the Small Press. It was originally published in OCHO#6, 2006. The full text is available here. Similar Posts: A Review of Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems by Lorna Dee Cervantes Lorna Dee Cervantes at the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, […]

“The Still, Sad Music of Humanity”: A Brief Appreciation of Poetry

In this TED Talk, Scott Griffin, founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize, discusses the importance of poetry, drawing on his own personal development and the role of arts in society. Throughout, his talk is flavoured with recitations of some of his favourite poems delivered in the manner of a true appreciator of poetry and language. […]