Well, it’s been a lot longer since I posted than I meant it to be. The biggest reason for this was that not only was I teaching two courses, I also started a new job as the Assessment Coordinator for the Writing and Communication Program. That was (and will probably continue to be) a lot of work. But now that the semester is over, I’m hoping to have a bit more time for blogging, using that to kickstart both some research and teaching projects (and maybe reflect on what I got out of the assessment process a bit too).
But first, I’m going to Kalamazoo for the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Next week, I’ll be presenting my paper “Rewriting Richard III: Shakespeare in the Vorkosigan Saga,” which is part of a forthcoming article (“‘This is Not the Play’: Shakespeare and Space Opera in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga”) that will be in the collection Shakespearean Echoes, edited by Adam Weston and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., which should be coming out in late 2014 or early 2015 from Palgrave Macmillan. I’m pretty excited to be sharing this work; I fell in love with Bujold’s novels a few years ago, and when I was teaching Shakespeare adaptations, it was a big part of how I was making my research and teaching work together.
But Kalamazoo is always about more than just the presentation (though I’m pretty excited about that). It’s about seeing old friends–my very first year at Kalamazoo, I got to see my old advisor from undergrad. While he doesn’t attend much anymore, this year I’m going to be seeing one of my favorite people from undergrad, who I haven’t seen in a decade. She has a husband and a baby (I haven’t met either), and she’s doing her PhD at Notre Dame. I’m sure I’ll see a lot of UConn people (if you’re reading this, write a comment or send me an e-mail if you want to catch up!) and maybe even participate in a blogger meet-up if there is one like there was a few years ago.
And then there are the panels. One of the best things about being a Renaissance scholar at Kalamazoo is that it’s almost like there’s a mini-conference for us within the larger conference. There’s a day of Shakespeare events, a day (well, a bit more than a day) of Spenser events, and a day of Sidney events. And the scholars who tend to be involved in the Renaissance sessions are, if the last time I was there was any indication, brilliant, generous, and kind.
So, that’s the next week or so for me. When I get back, I’ve got my assessment report to finish up, and then I hope to be back to blogging. If I don’t, feel free to pester me.