Monday, August 22, 2011

Starting a new semester

After all that indecision about which class to take, I ended up in a totally new class altogether.  Go figure, eh?  I got to see the syllabus for the History of the Book class and talk to someone else in it, and I started to think...this might not be such a good idea.  I had thought it would be a little less reading since it's not a literature class, but a recent grad of my program confessed that it was actually one of the more labor-intensive classes she took.  Enjoyable, but a lot of work (or at least more so than other grad classes).  When I learned that The Powers That Be added an extra shift to the buses, so the buses now run late enough for me to take just about any class I'd like.  I started putting my feelers out for alternative classes.

A friend started talking up Modern African Lit - the professor is very enthusiastic, the readings will mostly focus on 6 novels all semester, and the first reading was already quite enjoyable.  It's not a class I would have normally picked, but my fellow classmates swayed me.  I sat in on the class this afternoon; I am still a little anxious because it is completely out of my comfort zone.  Not only is it modern African lit, but it will be all female authors with a focus on gender/feminist issues, scholarly lenses which I'm not terribly comfortable with.  Right now my concern is getting the novel read by Wednesday, but I'm determined.  I might be pulling a late night on Wednesday.

Though the professor was hesitant to add me in, she did do it.  Now I have to make sure she doesn't regret the decision!

Sidenote: there used to be a National Writing Project institute held on my campus, but last January they weren't able to raise enough money, so they had to let it go.  Bummer.  Anyone else out there done the NWP and want to tell me what I'm missing?

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