Professor Sean Scanlan
Mon 11-12; Tues 2:30-3:30
Office: Namm 520
- A Novel Takes Over a Writer's LifeI just write what I want to write. Quiet is very beautiful to me, the medium of everything that matters. I'm grateful for the patience of my readers, certainly. But the fact is that a novel takes over a writer's life for literal years. What I write, day by day and word by word, is […]
- Readers Do No WorkI have a mantra in class: “Readers do no work.” If you’re James Joyce or Toni Morrison or any other writer lavishly blessed with the gifts of linguistic prestidigitation, you can presume that your readers signed up for the ride, expecting that some heavy lifting might be required of them. Most of us, though —and […]
- The Three Necessary Elements in a StoryThere are three necessary elements in a story—exposition, development, and drama. Exposition we may illustrate as “John Fortescue was a solicitor in the little town of X”; development as “One day Mrs. Fortescue told him she was about to leave him for another man”; and drama as “You will do nothing of the kind,” he […]
- A Novel Takes Over a Writer's Life
- Three Ways to Use Up Stuffing, the Pinnacle of Thanksgiving LeftoversSohla El-Waylly is here for the holiday’s best side, which she griddles into sandwich filling, fries into croutons and simmers into dumplings for soup.
- They Welcomed Dozens for Thanksgiving. Now What?For decades, a couple have been the unofficial parents for many Black students at Notre Dame. This year, that family is scattered, reflecting on the year’s crises.
- Small Gatherings Spread the Virus, but Are They Causing the Surge?Yes, the coronavirus can be transmitted over cocktails and dinners. But these get-togethers may not account for the huge rise in cases.
- Three Ways to Use Up Stuffing, the Pinnacle of Thanksgiving Leftovers