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Channel Introduction: Find me on BookTube!

Channel Introduction: Find me on BookTube!

As promised, I am beginning a new focus in 2018! I am absolutely giddy to announce that my website, social media, and other content will now focus on literature. You can check out some of my reasons for switching my focus in this blog. But for today, I want to share with you what you can expect from my bookish content on BookTube! The reality is that I’m a nerd. I have always loved old books and school and homework…

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Victorian England: Arts and Literature

Victorian England: Arts and Literature

All of the changes we have been discussing, ultimately led to a flourishing of art and literature, through which the Victorians wrestled with these new ideas. Literature Victorians were extremely self-conscious. In their contradictions, their progress, their morality, their reforms, and their doubts, they were aware of studying themselves, trying to understand themselves, and that they would be studied and judged by later generations. That they worked it out through literature, poetry, art, and essays should be no surprise. “Their…

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Victorian England: Politics, Religion, and Science

Victorian England: Politics, Religion, and Science

As the economic changes influenced how the Victorians lived, as we discussed in my previous episode, the out workings of how to deal with these changes greatly impacted what they believed.  It revolutionized their politics, while science brought questions to their faith. Politics As the middle class grows in economic influence, they also seek political influence. Those born into noble families represented the various regions of England in parliament. However, the middle-class pushes for the expansion of male suffrage. I…

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Victorian England: Modernity, Urbanization, and Commerce

Victorian England: Modernity, Urbanization, and Commerce

Victorian England is a time of change perhaps more than anything else. To learn an overview of the era, check out my previous post. Today, we are going to dive into the source of all that change. It’s nearly impossible to separate the developments in Victorian culture from the developments in their economy and specifically, the effect of urbanization. It changed everything about how they lived and what they believed.  England on the World Stage This was also the time…

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Victorian England: Queen Victoria and Morality

Victorian England: Queen Victoria and Morality

I have a confession to make. I went down a rabbit hole of research and I loved it. Were flashcards involved? Uh, I should think so. Citations? You can bet your bippy there were cite-freaking-tations. Did it result in me reconsidering my format and organizational structure for everything on my website and channel. Oh yes. Today, I am starting a series that gives historical context for the novels that I’m reading and analyzing. It all started with an innocent reread…

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How To Annotate a Book

How To Annotate a Book

In my recent trip to Booknet Fest, I was presented with a question on my panel that took me by surprise. “How do you annotate your books?” It was such a great question that I made a video about it. It’s something that I think is great to show visually, but I also want to talk about annotating in more depth in this article as well. But before we get into the how, let’s talk a little bit about the…

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The Iliad Ep 2: Book 1

The Iliad Ep 2: Book 1

We are getting into the meat of the poem! Book 1 is great because it sets the stage for the foundational concepts of the work as a whole. The opening lines of the poem tell us exactly what it’s about: “Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilleus and its devastation, which put pains thousandfold upon the Achaians.” So let’s learn what happens when Achilleus gets angry about who deserves honor and decides not to fight with the rest of…

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The Iliad Episode 1: Background and Context

The Iliad Episode 1: Background and Context

You guys. I am so flipping excited. We’re starting the journey through the Western Canon. We are reading The Iliad –one of my favorite books of all time! I get to talk about Ancient Greece. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this. Check out the video below to hear about the context for this most enduring and famous poem. Get a Good Translation of The Iliad If you decide to join in reading this with…

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New Plan: How to Choose Books to Read

New Plan: How to Choose Books to Read

Well, I have made a few videos without creating associated posts. Thank you for your patience while I backfill them (and I will have posts for them). For today, I wanted to make sure that I was back on track because today’s announcement is SO FREAKING EXCITING! I have settled on a plan that will focus and dictate the content that I will be producing likely for years to come. I am making a big commitment. But it also aligns…

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Literary Theory Episode 3 Part 2: Where Does Meaning Come From?

Literary Theory Episode 3 Part 2: Where Does Meaning Come From?

This week we are continuing our discussion of literary theory as we answer the question, “Where does meaning come from?” In the first part, I introduced the great divide: that is there are two major sources of meaning that are up for debate. Is it in the book or is it in the author? We also went through four schools of literary criticism: Moralism, Formal Criticism, Psychoanalytic Criticism, and Marxism. If you haven’t watched that video yet, check it out…

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Literary Theory Episode 3 Part 1: Where Does Meaning Come From?

Literary Theory Episode 3 Part 1: Where Does Meaning Come From?

On my previous episodes we discussed how to ask good questions of a text, we discussed how to determine right and wrong answers, we debunked the common idea that there are no wrong answers in that process. Now we’re going to take our examination of giving good answers to a deeper more foundational level. So, where does meaning come from? Two Major Schools of Thought There are two major sides to this debate, and as when someone talks about the…

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