The blog’s author is a recent MA graduate of DePaul University. He earned his Masters in English literature. For his degree, he completed an independent research paper on post-WWII black British literature. He plans to expand his work into a thesis for a future-PhD program.
He became interested in black British literature on a trip to London. He was in a Borders, shopping when he walked by a reading that was being held by an editor of an anthology of contemporary black British fiction. After the reading, he spoke with the editor who gave him a reading list, which inspired him to delve into the topic.
He is also interested in feminist theory in literature as well as gender/sexuality rhetoric in literature. He has written papers for university on the influence of gender norms and patriarchy on works by Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, among others. He also has research feminist theorists such as Kathy Acker, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and bell hooks. As can be expected from his MA thesis work, the author is also interested in the role race plays in literature, and has worked with authors such as Nella Larson, Gloria Naylor and Richard Wright, when writing papers on race rhetoric and race discourse.
Along with these subjects, the author also has an interest in humor – both an academic interest in humor in writing as well as a personal interest. He has written a paper on feminism and humor and how the two intersect. He also wrote a paper on the comic sensibilities of Jane Austen. His current favorite humorists include: Austen, David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris, Erma Bombeck, Julia Sweeney.
As a professional freelance writer, the author has written for Websites such as associatedcontent.com and feministreview.org. He also has written for various online content companies including contentgurus and interactmedia. He has written for print publications such as Transitions Abroad and the Daily Harold.