2019 Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Title

What I (Should) Know For Sure: The Existentialism of English Studies

Presentation Type

Creative Performance

Abstract

Though there is much debate within the discipline of English studies as to what “English” even is and what it "should" be. Many respected scholars have explored a variety of perspectives at length but, as a graduate student with one year of English studies scholarship under my belt, I’ve obviously found all the answers. In this creative performance, I will use my expert understanding of deconstruction and cultural studies to explore some of these perspectives with a critical eye (with a side of sarcasm and snark, and a large dose of pop culture references) to deconstruct what English studies and academia as a whole *actually* are, and paint a picture of what they *could* be — a more open, accepting environment dedicated to the personal and relative growth of individual students; a little more fun and a lot more liberating.

Start Date

3-4-2019 12:00 PM

End Date

3-4-2019 2:00 AM

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Adrienne Lamberti

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

File Format

application/pdf

Embargo Date

4-30-2019

Electronic copy is not available through UNI ScholarWorks.

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Apr 3rd, 12:00 PM Apr 3rd, 2:00 AM

What I (Should) Know For Sure: The Existentialism of English Studies

Though there is much debate within the discipline of English studies as to what “English” even is and what it "should" be. Many respected scholars have explored a variety of perspectives at length but, as a graduate student with one year of English studies scholarship under my belt, I’ve obviously found all the answers. In this creative performance, I will use my expert understanding of deconstruction and cultural studies to explore some of these perspectives with a critical eye (with a side of sarcasm and snark, and a large dose of pop culture references) to deconstruct what English studies and academia as a whole *actually* are, and paint a picture of what they *could* be — a more open, accepting environment dedicated to the personal and relative growth of individual students; a little more fun and a lot more liberating.