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    Making Literature 2013: A Look Back

    We heard a lot of words at Taylor’s fourth biennial Making Literature conference–three straight days worth of them, from keynote speakers, scholars, novelists, poets, editors, and students. It would be impossible to recall them all, even though we made some efforts at live tweeting them. So I will begin with the words I heard when it was over, words I heard often: “I think this was the best one yet.” Now let’s take a look back at some of the other words, images, ideas, and authors we heard. 1) Dr. Hal Bush of St. Louis University talked on Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, with reference to Thoreau’s…

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    “Englishes”

    Where can you go with your English major? Almost anywhere. Just ask Jena Habegger-Conti (’95)…   I attended Taylor in the early ’90s when the world seemed on the verge of something very  big and new and exciting: globalization! In all the excitement of becoming a global citizen I embarked on a semester in Latin America, signed up for a summer in Singapore, and couldn’t say no to a J-term in England. After graduation I was off to England again, and then Canada, and then Norway. Globalization meant the breaking down of national borders. I could go anywhere, live anywhere. But I have since begun to suspect that the passport…