In recognition of September being Comics Month in the Department of English, we asked some of our graduate students who are involved in comic studies why they are intrigued in this oftentimes eccentric and elusive literary style.
Ohio—from its icy lakeshores in the North to its rolling viridian hills in the South—is an undeniably liminal space. The state spent much of its youth as the edge of the western frontier, then evolved into a political swing-state. Sometimes, it seems like every famous person is repping Ohio: Steven Spielberg, Halle Berry, etc. Sometimes, it seems much more insular than that: nobody comes here, nobody leaves.
The United Kingdom experienced unusually warm weather this summer. Throughout the months of May, June, July and August, the countryside browned beneath the burning, unyielding sun. Metropolitan areas—where interiors traditionally lack air conditioning—became dens of sweat and unholy moisture, such as in London, where the Tube transformed into a massive subterranean steam room.
The Writing Center—Ohio State’s go-to space for writing support—is a remarkable resource for students looking to develop and refine their papers, get tips on graduate school application materials, learn about modifying their writing processes, join writing groups and much, much more. The Writing Center also has a lot to offer the many undergraduate and graduate students who work there: consultants Chloe Heins and Bobby Lowery learned this first hand when they discovered a shared passion for the teaching of writing. Having graduated with bachelor’s degrees in English in spring 2018, both Heins and Lowery are now completing their first semesters in Ohio State’s Teaching and Learning master’s program.
For this series, we reach out to a member of the department who has a very particular obsession and ask them to share it with the world. In this edition, Associate Professor Lauren Squires gets her groove on with tap dancing.