Dec
01

Out to Sea

I keep finding new sources. Which is great. They are super fascinating. I’m reading 19th century Howells novel to gain insight to a *true* American Self-Made Man. I’m reading some crazy literary criticism on how Jewish immigrants were perceived over time in American society, particularly in the economy. I feel like I’m really getting a…
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Oct
31

Gatsby & The Self-Made Man…

This past week I’ve been reading The Great Gatsby in light of all of my summer research on manhood. And goodness, how the text has come alive in such vivid new ways! I first fell in love with The Great Gatsby my junior year of high school, and I doubted I could ever love it…
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Aug
31

The Male Gaze?

I first learned about the male gaze in the spring of my freshman year. I was taking an intro American Studies course that explored American modernist film. As you all probably know, the male gaze refers to the way that art, set firmly in a male-dominated perspective, frames women as objects to be devoured for…
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Jul
31

I learned these things the hard way.

It hasn’t even been a week since I departed  on my road trip to see rare manuscripts at Yale, Princeton, and UVA, and I think I’ve already lost twelve years from my life. Five of them were swiped by the George Washington Bridge alone. *Sweats, scar on forehead begins to burn—* (Sorry, I’ve gone through 2…
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Jul
31

Riddled Pasts & Rippled Presents

This is it, this is the week I have set aside for traveling to conduct research at libraries up and down the East Coast. First stop was Yale’s Beinecke Library, home to the manuscripts and personal papers of playwright Eugene O’Neill. O’Neill is the author of the trilogy of plays Mourning Becomes Electra, probably the least…
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