Across the Pond 8: Miss Bertha Better Than You at the Bodlein Library at Oxford

Katherine Philips has a letter in the archives of the Bodlein library of Oxford College. My modern British women's literature class went to the town of Oxford one week and I realized I would be in very close proximity to an original document of Philips's. I hadn't seen her handwriting in person yet, something she … Continue reading Across the Pond 8: Miss Bertha Better Than You at the Bodlein Library at Oxford

Across the Pond 7: Going to see Marx at Highgate

I spent six weeks in London and Wales, then three weeks in Europe. When I wasn't researching, I got in as much site seeing, museum walking, and getting lost on purpose as was humanly possible. The only thing I chose to miss was the Tower of London. Don't get me wrong, I went, but it … Continue reading Across the Pond 7: Going to see Marx at Highgate

Across the Pond 6: Worshipping at the British Library

On the first day of classes in London, I went to the British Library with a letter from my professor on MSU stationary saying I was doing legitimate research, and my passport. After sitting me in a little room for about an hour while my security checked out (with a dozen other patient, library-likewise souls … Continue reading Across the Pond 6: Worshipping at the British Library

Across the Pond 5: “Innocent” friendships or coded erotic expression?

I was exploring a question that fascinated me, wrapped up in the poetry of a woman who reached across 350 years and grabbed ahold of my intellect and imagination: could two women have an emotional affair without having a physical affair? I was radically feminist and Lesbian philosophy loomed large in my education where I … Continue reading Across the Pond 5: “Innocent” friendships or coded erotic expression?

Across the Pond 4: Making decisions on airplanes

Copyright: Photo by Francois Van on UnsplashI flew to London with my class on British Airways. I had forgotten, while caught up with all of the planning, that I get motion sick on planes. It was 7 1/2 hours of hell during which I made two critical decisions: I was taking a boat home. I … Continue reading Across the Pond 4: Making decisions on airplanes