Book Bundles: Where We Were and How We Got Here

Welcome to the Modcast’s blog series, Book Bundles. This is where we recommend two or more books based around a topic or theme. So you’ve got options! I think the title really says it all: We can’t know where we’re going until we know where we’ve been. If you’re interested in origins, check these out:Continue reading “Book Bundles: Where We Were and How We Got Here”

Rhetorical Grammar in Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Bluest Eye

By Amy Guajardo Through the rhetorical grammar lens, what differences and similarities can be found between the two novels The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston? The Bluest Eye, written in 1970, follows the life of a young African American girl named Pecola. Our main character’sContinue reading “Rhetorical Grammar in Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Bluest Eye”

Indulging in language, navigating analysis, and more…

Language has been an ever-growing interest for me throughout my academic career at St. Mary’s University. As a fourth-year undergraduate student alongside a first-year graduate student in the Combined Degree program, I’ve taken every opportunity to work with language.  Before getting into how I am working with language today, let me catch you up… DuringContinue reading “Indulging in language, navigating analysis, and more…”

The Language of the Lost Generation: Fitzgerald & Hemingway

Introduction         The research that I have done is to explore and distinguish the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. I analyzed six sentences from the texts of The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises. By looking at the writing style and grammatical syntax from both texts, we see how similar and differentContinue reading “The Language of the Lost Generation: Fitzgerald & Hemingway”

Analyzing Prescriptive Grammatical Differences Between the Psalms

Last December I decided to challenge myself to read the entire bible in a year.  Several months into my journey, I felt a huge shift within myself and was able to connect to what I was reading on a much deeper level.  Fast forward a few months to August; the start of my semester takingContinue reading “Analyzing Prescriptive Grammatical Differences Between the Psalms”

Skin-Crawling Tension: The Writing Styles of Poe and Lovecraft

It is no secret that H.P. Lovecraft greatly admired Edgar Allan Poe. Once, H.P. Lovecraft even identified Poe as a strong influence on his writing, saying, “When I write stories, Edgar Allan Poe is my model” (The H.P. Lovecraft Archive). With a quick read through each author’s works, that influence is clear as both PoeContinue reading “Skin-Crawling Tension: The Writing Styles of Poe and Lovecraft”