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Decolonizing Through Contracts

A few years ago, I made a switch from a standard grading system to a contract-based system in my writing classes, and based on my experiences, started bringing it into all my classes after that. I’ll admit, the impetus for my switch was borne out of frustration—I was experiencing some frustration with students not heeding … Continue reading Decolonizing Through Contracts

Teaching Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” and Jones’s “Lost in the City”

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As an undergraduate English major, one of my most indelible memories is sitting in a classroom brightly lit while some of my classmates, prompted by our professor, shared their knowledge and personal experiences about the South as an introduction for our discussion of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. Prior to that moment, I … Continue reading Teaching Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” and Jones’s “Lost in the City”

Teaching Junot Díaz, Now

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“Of what import are brief, nameless lives…to Galactus??” Junot Díaz’s decision to launch his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao with this quote from the Marvel comic book The Fantastic Four resonates like a livid thread throughout the novel, as all epigraphs should. Galactus is literally an all-powerful being that consumes whole planets, indifferent … Continue reading Teaching Junot Díaz, Now