I am a Master’s student in Arab Studies at Georgetown University, where I also work with the Forum on Muslim and Arab Affairs and Georgetown Refugee Action. The skills I learned as an English major in reading and analysis have served me well beyond the realm of English literature. I use the theory I learned in Ann Rowland’s Introduction to Literary Analysis in almost every paper I write as a graduate student and in my everyday life in the way I think about the world, in addition to paradigms presented in many other English courses. Beyond practical skills like writing and critical thinking, however, a better appreciation for literature fills my life with joy and beauty. Although a lot of my research interests are on complex and saddening topics, the power of literature (in any language) to facilitate empathy and effect change through narrative fills me with hope.

-Jen Curatola




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