Welcome to the blog!
As the blog description denotes, this site is meant specifically to accommodate my research as an Undergraduate. But this is a bit vague, so I will go a tad bit deeper.
Most of my time thus far in university, has been focused on Victorian literature. This is a fine period of literature; many great authors and classical novels which have come to define the English literary canon originated from this period. However, lately, I have been feeling a bit intellectually daft, like I have not quite been acclimated toward my concentration, despite all of my love for the period.
So, to help answer my longing for a more 'fulfilling' period of literature, I elected on my gut instincts, which is, 'what do I want out of my higher education experience?' The answer, as it turns out. was what it normally constitutes-- challenge myself!
The thing about Victorian literature is this... it is a standard; by that, I mean that it is all too common for theorists and philosophers to use the Victorian period as a launching pad to illustrate their own ideas (philosophies, theories, etc.). I feel that the period is too crowded and, in some aspects, become too formulaic and unexpressive in terms of what one can do and is expected to do. Now, this is, in a major way, dialectical, since it wasn't all too long ago that the Victorian period was seen as just the opposite, especially in regards to Queer criticism, but that moment of obscurity has since passed and now the opposite side has come to dominance, that is, the conformity of security: what position-- plane of immanence, to use a philosophical term from Gilles Deleuze-- has Victorian literature left to go? Perhaps many, but perhaps few.
Regardless, however, what has attracted me to Medieval times is the relative lack of that same level of focus and scrutinization; to be sure, there is the same critical-theoretical hermeneutics used (this is a good thing), but it is done in a less hegemonic manner (one does not see, for example, cartoon parodies of Old and Middle English texts on cable network), one which still allows for wide open degrees of exploration. Victorian Lit. simply does not offer the same level of freedom which I am projecting onto Medieval literature, the field where there is still much left to do.
But, because I am new to this epoch, I will be doing a great deal of reading and engagement. When I am perusing a new area of interest, I often find it helpful to blog about it in order to make the experience significant and connect with a-- hopefully-- receptive audience. Hence, why the majority of these blog posts will be book reviews, short commentaries on books, authors, and aspects of the period, and just my own musings on the process of study.
Please, feel free to comment, add your advice and thoughts, and contribute to this journey in any way you deem fit (as long as it is in a constructive manner). I look forward to proactive comments and always welcome a chance to educate myself.
So, with that being said, welcome!