Michelle Coleman

  • Hi, Kelly! I know this sounds like such a generic response, but you got this! I know that public speaking makes you reeeaally nervous, but you really are good at it! Your presentations for the last year have been interesting, engaging, and light. If it helps, maybe you can go first in your roundtable (or second? maybe just not last) so that way…[Read more]

  • I have really mixed feelings about public speaking. I did a LOT of public speaking in high school, but my school was extremely small compared to others. I’ll never forget my first class speech in my freshman year […]

    • You have a way of really connecting to your audience when you speak–and involving us–with a nice mix of formal and inform language and gestures.

  • “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to their Parents or Country and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public” (that’s the full title!) was written by Irish […]

  • Hi, everyone! I am putting my notes for psychoanalysis, cultural studies, and The Transmission of Affect here, and I am including a key! Text that is italicized is, to me, most important in each section. Bold […]

  • I really like “Out of Our Minds”! I also like “Are You Thinking What I’m Feeling?”– both are catchy.

  • Mine is about history, madness, and gender.

  • Hi Kelly! It looks like you’re really starting to come up with a sturdy plan! I agree that the genre portion is the most difficult– but I think the “Comic Book Realism” article may help you there! I think that writing out your ideas and continuing to read and plan will help you make your plans more specific. It also looks like you’re developing…[Read more]

  • I like the idea of “Building Worlds.” Maybe including something about the perception versus reality that Professor mentioned earlier on? “Seeing (something) and Building Worlds”?

  • Having been so busy with everything going on these past few weeks– between presentations and graduate school/job plans and my other courses– I admit that I’ve been putting off (but still becoming increasingly […]

    • You should feel free to use texts you wrote about in your thesis. You know them well and have lots of ideas about them. Also, the exam readers are different from the essay readers.

  • This is such an exciting stage of the writing process for me. I’m so surprised by myself! I had an especially big realization about my argument while working on the latest revision, and couldn’t be prouder of my […]

    • Hey, I feel like I owe you a comment on this post so here it is!

      I’m so happy you have found that sweet spot we all anxiously wait to hit when working on a project. We have all put so much work into these projects and I know crossing the finish line will be well worth it. As always, it sounds like you have a great plan of attack leading into these final days that will provide you with a (hopefully) stress-free lead up to Friday. If you find at any point you need fresh eyes to read over anything or just need to talk through any issues that may come up feel free to reach out.

      I’ve been looking forward to reading your finished project since our initial thesis proposals and can’t wait to see how the project has grown! Good luck with your final stages; we’re almost there!!!!

  • Hi, everyone! This past Wednesday, I presented on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, a play about double lives and meaningful names. I connected the piece to N […]

  • Hi Kelly! These are great steps to revising your paper. I especially like that you’ve already found additional sources to incorporate. I also think that including your voice more and letting the sources support you instead of vice versa will let your excitement about your topic shine through! Being specific will also let you break your argument…[Read more]

  • In order to successfully revise my draft, I need to accomplish/work on the following:

    Better articulate my thesis (talking it out may help)
    Take time to describe Lady Audley and the mixed feelings that […]

  • Hi Kelly! Now that we’re in a writing group together, I really look forward to finding out about your research topic and reading what you’ve written so far. Finding more sources was also a struggle for me over this break. I hope you found what you’ve been looking for! Also, it sounds weird, but it really is so easy to forget about your primary…[Read more]

  • Thank you so much Professor, Caitlin, and Francesca for such encouraging and helpful feedback! I’m motivated to continue working on my draft and can definitely see where your comments are coming from. All three of […]

  • Hi, Caitlin! I think everything will turn out great! I’m also leaving some space for sources I haven’t quote gotten my hands on yet, so we can figure that out together when the time comes. It sounds like you’re doing well! It’s awesome that you’re figuring out some really important parts of your paper. I had a similar issue, especially because I’m…[Read more]

  • Hi Asheka! So far, so good! I’ve also been using Hayot’s “little bit at a time” strategy to make sure that I keep thinking about and making little spurts of progress. I’ve also been working on exactly identifying what parts of my primary sources I want to discuss, and isolating them– aka copying down all the quotes and paragraphs into a Google…[Read more]

  • I’m slowly but surely making progress on my research project. I’ve been mostly working on a graduate school interview I have tomorrow, but I’ve been trying to work on my thesis project as well. My project is […]

    • It sounds like you have a really productive writing strategy. I’d say don’t worry too much about the questions haunting you. You’ll work them out through writing and revising. I’m glad my suggestions have been helpful.

      That interview DOES sound intense. I hope it was a good experience.

  • Hi, Caitlin! You’re really starting to establish the scholarly conversation here. You have a nice amount of sources that speak to the line between illusion and reality that is broken within each play that you’re discussing. I especially like your statement that “Playwrights can only show the madness for what it is if they shatter it with reality.”…[Read more]

  • Braddon, Mary Elizabeth. Lady Audley’s Secret. 1862. Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Braddon’s sensation novel is one of my primary sources for my research project. Through a story about a woman who has cha […]

    • Michelle this is a fantastic list of sources and an extensive ballroom diagram! Many of the articles and the ideas they hold stand out to me and make points I never considered when reading about your idea for Lady Audley. Cox says it’s Hounam’s writing that makes the movie more masculine, and that she wants to directly compare the film and novel to show the noticeable difference of the feminist/ masculine tones and outcomes. I do believe they should be compared as well rather than let them stand alone and be judged independently, it’s an good point! Hachaichi’s article is interesting and very true when it came to the medical field in that time period, I think that history and some old medicine will have a nice place in your paper as well as serve an important purpose! I see that for Matus you’re going to touch on class and culture, are those two factors something you will add more of in your paper? It looks as though you will be discussing a little of each idea that connects to this play! You have two sides: The novel and the film, then you have articles on feminism, women’s health, the oppression of the patriarchal society, and then Stam’s article in the end about film adaptation. I really like that you would discuss the more mechanical side of this comparison. I think adding the attributes of filming will give the readers knowledge of why these two forms of entertainment are so far yet so close. Plus you connect every article so well with the next! They tie in together and back each other up in a way that allows us to see each author’s points of view. The ass kissing is definitely something we will all have to cover from Gaipa, however it seems as though you’re looking into all the right information to make sure this film and novel are being broken down for every possible reason of difference. So far this is great and your ideas are so strong! I want to think hard for more questions that could be useful to reflect upon so when I do I will send them your way! This is research at it’s finest!

    • Hey Michelle! You have some really great sources here that deal so well with your topic! Additionally, the sources that you have found to help you create conversation work really well with where your topic seems to be going. I know it was proving a little difficult for you to find sources (besides your first one) that deal with exactly what you’re talking about, but you seem to have created a great conversation yourself. Additionally, I really like that you have used several different strategies from Gaipa. I always just seem to use scholarly sources to agree with me, but I see here that at times you are picking a fight and really using them to speak to one another. Great job with this; it’s certainly not easy! The sources that you have found on mental illness are great and I really think the Showalter will come in handy to boost your paper. It’s great that you have something that deals with the text that you, personally, will also apply to the film. This gives you a chance to add something to this conversation and really contribute which I think will really look great! I like that you have a text that directly deals with the depiction of mental illness in literature in the 1800’s, but will you also be dealing with how mental illness is depicted in literature (or for your purposes, film)? It’s not 100% needed, but could useful! Your ballroom diagram looks like everyone is definitely engaged in the same discussion, which means you have done your job well! I look forward to seeing your project develop further! I can see just from these sources and how you intend to use them it will be a fascinating paper!

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