Category: pedagogy & american literary studies


Teaching in Norway: Part II

On Tuesday, I started discussing pedagogy in Norway and the ways I had to adjust to a different classroom and educational environment. There, I wrote about face-to-face time and composition within the classroom. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at writing for master’s students and at assessment. In each of these cases, I think there are things that are beneficial for … Read More Teaching in Norway: Part II

Getting Ready for Next Year in Norway

As I get ready to head to the University of Bergen in August, I have started to think about ways to discuss issues of race in America’s history. Brianne Jaquette’s piece, “Fulbright Workshop: Black Lives Matter, Part One,” sparked these thoughts, and her discussions about how Europeans talk about race differently than we do here in America. This is important for me to consider, … Read More Getting Ready for Next Year in Norway


Memos in the Literature Classroom

For my literature courses this semester, I am tweaking a previous assignment and starting a new practice that will hopefully assist students in learning the material throughout the semester. Today, I want to briefly cover the ways I plan to change my discussion board and my incorporation of post-class memos after each class.


Top Five Posts of 2017!

Back in August 2015, I started Interminable Rambling as a space for me to write about, and reflect upon, topics I was teaching, my pedagogical practices, my research, and my thoughts about popular culture. Since that first post in 2015, I have published 235 posts (two a week) for the past two and a half years. The experience of maintaining this blog has helped … Read More Top Five Posts of 2017!


Sarah Orne Jewett’s Fairy Tale: “A White Heron”

In A Jury of Her Peers, Elaine Showalter comments that Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron” is “a fairy tale about a New England princess who refuses to be rescued from her isolation by the handsome prince” (192). Showalter’s description of Jewett’s story as “a fairy tale” caught my attention, and today I want to look at how we can read “A White Heron” … Read More Sarah Orne Jewett’s Fairy Tale: “A White Heron”