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The best thing about summer is getting to work on your own projects! The best thing about school is that deadlines, professors, and competitive friends hold you accountable, so thanks for being my accountability group this summer and keeping me from being lazy.

The first section is my running lists. Note that not all theory books have made it onto my syllabus yet, because I read them so slowly! My syllabus is the final section. I'd like accountability through check-ins. I'll be honest about what I have and haven't gotten done each time we meet. Because I process aloud, I'll also probably ask for opinions on organization, etc for talks and articles.

Permanent Reading ListEdit


In Progress:

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy


Sula, Toni Morrison

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyesky


Feminism Without Borders, Chandra Mohanty

Orientalism, Eduard Said

Cross-Language Relations in Composition, Bruce Horner and Min Zhan Lu

The Slumbering Volcano..., Maggie Montesinos Sale

Local Histories/Global Designs..., Walter D. Mignolo

Teaching PrepEdit

First Time Up: An Insider's Guide for New Comp Teachers, Brock Dethier

They Say, I Say


Adopted for Life, Russell Moore

Conferences and ProposalsEdit

RSA, May 22-26, San Antonio

Cs, Proposal Due May 19! (Conference--March 18-21, Tampa)

LCLC, February, U of L


Summer Writing Group Syllabus: May 5-August 18

Megen Boyett

Monday and Friday through May, 4:00 at Quills


May 5

  • location, time
  • accountability practices
  • post syllabus on Wiki for next week

Week 1

Mon, 5-12

Reading: Remains of the Day

Conferences: Talk with Bronwyn about RSA presentation

Group: Mini-Conference for CCCC

Fri, 5-16

Reading: Sula


  • Organize and Draft RSA talk
  • Cs proposal drafted/uploaded for feedback

Week 2

Mon, 5-19

Reading: This Side of Paradise


  • Finish drafting RSA talk
  • Rehearse and revise
  • Cs proposal due today

Fri, 5-23

I’ll be in San Antonio for RSA!

Week 3 (May 26-June 1)

Mon, 5-26:

Reading: Midnight’s Children

Fri, 5-30:


  • 2 articles from Hemispheric American Studies and/or
  •  2 Latin American dictator articles
  • Start Slumbering Volcano

Week 4 (June 2-June 8)

Mon, 6-2


  • Absalom, Absalom!
  • Cont. Slumbering Volcano


  • Article for RSA Conference Volume (due 7-15)
  • Working on draft for Hemispheric Lit

Friday, 6-6:

Reading: Absalom, Absalom!

Moving this weekend. Probably won’t do too much else!

Week 5 (June 9-June 15)

Mon, 6-9

Reading: House of the Spirits

Start in Writing Center on Thurs. 6-12

Fri, 6-13

Writing: First revision of Hemispheric Lit article

(maybe uploaded? It depends where this revision takes me)

Group: CV Workshop

Week 6 (June 16-June 22)

Mon, 6-16                  


  •  Hemispheric Lit article
  •  RSA Conference Volume

Fri, 6-20

Writing: Upload draft of Hemispheric Lit article for revision and questions!

Pub: Start thinking about publications for article?

Week 7 (June 23-June 29)

Mon, 6-23

Fri,  6-26

Reading: The Slumbering Volcano (finished)

Group: Discussion on The Everyday Reader

Week 8 (June 30-July 6)

Mon, 6-30

Writing: maybe some fiction? Email Paul Griner to talk about final story for his class.

Pub: Where can that Hemispheric article go?

Fri, 7-4!

Group:  Workshop on Personal/Teaching Statements

Week 9 (July 7-July 13)

Mon, 7-7

Writing: Upload RSA article for final workshop

Fri, 7-11

Week 10 (July 14-July 20)

Mon,  7-14

Pub: Submit RSA article by today!

Fri, 7-18

Week 11 (July 21-July 27)


Mon, 7-21

Fri, 7-25

Group: Workshop on Writing Samples

Week 12 (July 28-August 3)

Mon, July 28

Fri, August 1

Pub: Submit Hemispheric article for publication?!

Week 13 (August 4-August 10)


Fri, Aug 8 (Dad’s birthday!)

Group: Workshop whatever is left

Week 14 (August 11-August 17)

Mon, Aug 11


Friday, Aug 15


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