My name is Emma, and I come from Washington—not, as everyone is about to assume, D.C., but State—and could not be more pleased to be here (despite the cold) to write to you. I am a junior and obviously an English major, while I am less obviously pursuing a double major in Latin. Language and its literature are passions of mine, ones I hope to pursue however haphazardly throughout the rest of my life. I focus mostly on British literature, particularly on Modernist poetry and prose, although I frequently stray into the realms of Medieval, Victorian, and Contemporary lit as well.
When I am not poring over the tomes of the English literary canon or trying to tug that magical twist that will untangle my thoughts into an artful essay, you might find me scribbling all over the work of friends. I quite enjoy editing, whether the work is creative or critical. I also play in the Mount Holyoke flute choir that no one has ever heard about, and enjoy traveling whenever I can. Of more relevance to this blog, I intend to continue my study of English in graduate school, and after that, if my faculties prove sharp enough for the challenge, to become a professor.
Since I cannot think of an appropriate transition here, I will merely say that by the end of this semester I will have taken an English 200 with a professor no longer here; How to Read a Poem and Modern British Poetry with Professor Alderman; Transatlantic Romanticisms with Prof. Singer; Literary Criticism and Theory, an independent study, and Eliot, Woolf, and Lessing with Prof. Quillian; Literature of the Later Middle Ages with Prof. Yu; 19th and 20th Century Scottish Literature wit Prof. Pyke; and Old English with Prof. Harris. I give you this detailed schedule in order to say that if you have any questions about these classes I am perfectly willing and able to give you an informed opinion on them.
If you ever have questions about the above classes, about the English major, or just want to chat about literature, please feel free to email me at rice22e, for I am always up for a discussion about books, especially if it involves tea. Cheers!