Aug
20

The Painted Shadow: T.S. Eliot’s First Wife

What better place to start an examination of infertility in The Waste Land than T. S. Eliot’s unsatisfying and childless first marriage? Vivien Eliot is a figure often discounted by biographers of Tom as well as the Eliots’ contemporaries in literary London as a burden on the great poet. Yet it was she who closely…
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Aug
06

First Week in El Salvador Update

I’ve officially been in El Salvador for a week–and boy, what a week it’s been! Below I’ve written a brief breakdown of my first week in the homeland.

Aug
02

Mapping Out Field Work in Morocco

I arrived in Meknes, Morocco yesterday afternoon and have begun organizing appointments on the ground to see the waste collection process. Next week, I will meet with the municipal waste collection company to accompany them on their route to the dump site. I will also interview employees to hear what they have to say about…
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Jul
31

July Update

July has been a busy month for me in all aspects of my life so this update is going to be very brief. So far I’ve still been gathering theoretical background for my work which now includes looking at the parasocial relationships created by the internet. While the people who are in direct contact with…
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Jul
29

The life of a Field Assistant, Part 1

The beginning of my Field Assistantship was not the traditional one. Usually, the field assistant helps to place the units, for us five foot by five foot squares, and then struggles to find things to do for a week until the students arrived. This year, however, the field school was not digging where it had…
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