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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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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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Westworld and East of Eden

Westworld and East of Eden

I’m a big fan of Westworld. Gratuitous sex and violence aside, the show is really smart and interesting. I particularly love the question, “What does it mean to be human?” It’s a question that I pursue through all types of media and it’s why I am particularly interested in oral literature and mythology. In season two, I noticed some parallels between Westworld and East of Eden. What does it mean to be human? Westworld is a completely immersive, adult theme…

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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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Ethan Frome Episode 3: Speaking and Silence

Ethan Frome Episode 3: Speaking and Silence

Welcome back! First of all, thank you for your patience as I intended for this video to be ready for you last week. But, we’re back with the final episode on Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Again, huge thanks to A Bear and A Bee Books Samantha. This book has been awesome! In this week’s episode, we are talking about the power of the spoken word, the power of a character’s voice! Building on what we’ve discussed for the frame…

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Ethan Frome Episode 2: The Uncanny and The Doppelganger

Ethan Frome Episode 2: The Uncanny and The Doppelganger

I’m so excited to be back and sharing this particular analysis with you! I always think a psychological approach to literature is so interesting and so fun! So, today we will be talking about Freud’s idea of the uncanny and Jung’s idea of the doppelgänger. The ideas are actually related and we find a very interesting use of these ideas in Ethan Frome. Last week, we took a look at some reasons why the frame narrative was used and I…

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The Cultural Implications of Twilight

The Cultural Implications of Twilight

Today I have a bit of a different style of discussion. Normally the content I write and film centers around a single book and taking a look at it in depth. I also have a series I am in the middle of that is the basics of literary theory. But today, we are introducing a more discussion-style video in which I answer a question specifically from one of my viewers. Big thanks to Corner of a Bookshelf who asked about…

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