¶ This month, I give you an actual catalogue rather than my usual annotated selections. Most of these blogrolls are about scholarly resources, writing and research techniques, or where to find theatre. This month is a writing month: I give you a bibliography I have generated useful in writing for academia—particularly in terms of cultural scholarship and literary criticism—and figuring out what the expectations are of publishers. Consider it a form of recommended reading, particularly useful at the outset of a dissertation or book project.
¶ It has been a busy summer full of travel: I’ve been to Kansas City to grade AP literature exams, to Champaign to walk in commencement with my cohort, and we just got back from Bowen Island off the coast of Vancouver for a brief birthday vacation as I look down the barrel at 30. I have a couple of brief weeks to buckle down on some research and writing projects before family from Boston come for a visit, and then I take off for professional gigs in Montreal and London for August. As I fully re-engaged with a full-time scholarly posture, I am reminded of the tools that keep me plugged in to my practice when I am balancing teaching in the mix.
¶ So this month, here is a list of some scholarly tools I live by on a day-to-day basis that makes reconnecting with the muscles needed for full-time scholarly work much more streamlined.