Tag Archives: Literature

A Summer Reading List for Incoming Students

There is nothing like getting your Masters in English Literature to make you feel like an illiterate charlatan. Before starting the Public Texts program last September, I had always assumed that I was fairly well-read, but my time as a graduate has taught me that there’s always room for improvement.

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MA Spotlight (Take Two) — Sarah Curd

You got to know Tayo a few weeks back, now it’s time to meet the lovely Sarah Curd, who was kind enough to indulge me by filling out my oh-so-serious and very in-depth survey on what it’s like to be a Public Texts student. See her answers after the cut!

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The Words Slipped from the Page and Turned into Dust

“There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house.” – Fahrenheit 451 Literature can be dangerous because it disrupts how you think about life.  Everyone has a book, at least one book, that has changed them.  This one book might have changed how they think, how […]

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Reviving the Classics Through the Study of Print Culture

[Editor’s Note: the photos on this page are of select texts displayed in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto] One of the reasons why I became an English Lit major was to study ‘classical’ ‘literature’ and to write academically and creatively.  Over the course of my B.A., I read several texts one might consider […]

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This is what happens when you let me mould minds:

Remember that post I did a while back, on sketching out my lesson plan for teaching Othello to my first year English students, where if they chose to do a bonus assignment that creatively and critically analysed the play and/or its characters I’d tack on up to 20% to their lowest grade so far (makes for […]

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Character Playlist: Sarah from The French Lieutenant’s Woman

I gave a presentation earlier this week on John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman. While I’m pretty sure that the notes my professor took during said presentation read something along the lines of “she’s a nice kid, but probably eats glue in her spare time,” I hope I at least managed to communicate how cool I […]

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