Essays and Appreciations in Honor of Michael J. Colacurcio’s 50 Years of Teaching
CAROL M. BENSICK earned her B.A. with an honors thesis on the Hawthorne-Melville friendship. Based on this thesis, the Cornell graduate advisor, before classes started, suggested she make Michael Colacurcio her advisor. On the way to her M.A. and Ph.D., she served as TA or Reader in three successive sittings of Colacurcio’s classical three-course upper-division survey of American Literature to 1914, filling in on sessions on Dickinson and Emerson. While she went on to publish on Hawthorne (and others), her proudest academic accomplishment was teaching the three-term survey (and/or pieces of it) at several research universities.
INNA BLYAKHMAN is a graduate student in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a background in microbiology and English. Inna now studies measles virus and is completing a master’s thesis upon how defective virus particles activate the innate immune response. Her research interests extend to the medical humanities, including the impact of literature on modern medicine and the role of medicine in American literature from the colonial period through the nineteenth century.
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