Educational · Personal · Undergraduate

To Commute, or Not to Commute (That is the Question)

I haven’t posted in some time. Partly because I’m lazy, and partly because I feel like time breeds high expectations. That’s why Flaubert was actually doing himself an injustice by being such a goddamn perfectionist. What could I possibly write about to meet these high, nay, impossible expectations? Well, I don’t actually know and I… Continue reading To Commute, or Not to Commute (That is the Question)

Educational · Undergraduate

Madame Bovary–Sympathetic or Pathetic?

Lydia Davis’ translation of Madame Bovary was deemed the most ‘scandalous’ novel of all time by Playboy. Yes, you read that right. From publication, it titillated the sexually deprived and outraged “civilized” society, so much so that Flaubert was taken to court for obscenity. Nothing like a book about attraction, sex, and infidelity to get… Continue reading Madame Bovary–Sympathetic or Pathetic?

Creative Writing · Educational · Undergraduate

Pretending to be Proust

Over the Christmas break I got those emails – any student regardless of course will know the ones. Those emails that detail the ins and outs of the modules to come, and, accompanied by trepidation and muted terror (for sanity and bank balance) the reading list. Initially, Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way wasn’t intimidating, it was one novel (two translations)… Continue reading Pretending to be Proust