Choices

Agency is such a dubious concept. — You have to climb these stairs knowing that you cannot turn around, knowing that once you start the only way back down is from the top. The passage here is cramped and steep and doubles back with what seems unreasonable frequency, constantly showing just how little progress you’ve […]

Places of Worship: The New Religious Environment

Fewer and fewer aspects of analog life remain without a digital referent. As cyber-technology flourishes, much of humankind seems enthusiastic to adopt new media for purposes both mundane and extraordinary—from grocery shopping to discovering love. The internet has become a channel for fulfilling (or, at least, discussing) nearly every human need, and, among them, religion […]

Part of a series of timed essays, approx. 60mins each, written for an American Lit. class. I included the questions. I will post them all over the next few days. Enjoy (?)

I’ve lost the prompt for this essay. It refers to the various literary forms growing in the 18th century, and how they helped to develop a distinct American Literature. With the 18th century came the decline of Puritanism and the rise of Enlightenment ideals. This ushered a newfound power in the will and ability of […]

Part of a series of timed essays, approx. 60mins each, written for an American Lit. class. I included the questions. I will post them all over the next few days. Enjoy (?)

What are the distinguishing characteristics of the genre of the slave narrative? How was the genre developed, adapted, and modified by African-American writers, such as Harriet Jacobs and Fredrick Douglass? How does the slave narrative compare to the captivity narratives written in the seventeenth century (think, for example, of Mary Rowlandson’s narrative)? The mid-nineteenth-century slave […]