I am both a former student of QC (MA English ’00) and a former adjunct lecturer in the English Dept (’02-’09). I also completed my MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College (’07). I am currently enrolled as a non-matriculated student to fulfill the study requirements of my year long sabbatical from my full time high school teaching job. I also recently became a mom to my beautiful daughter Dorothy (born March 31st) and while my sabbatical will give me plenty of time to spend with her, I look forward to brushing up on the latest in literary study and having some adult interactions!

Student Nyssa Sanchez


My name is Nyssa Sanchez and I am an English/Childhood Education major. I am interested in leaning about theory and the importance it serves in the texts that we will be reading this semester. I also wish to learn about how theory can be used to form discussions throughout different texts universally. I have read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in English 170W. Re-reading the text through the perceptive of different theoretical topics,ideas should be very interesting!

Welcome to the Class Website

Welcome! by Jim Clark

Hello everyone, and welcome to the class blog for ENG 244: Theory. Here’s what you should do first to get started:

1) If you have not done so for another class, sign up for a qwriting account (you do not need your own blog for this class, but you’re welcome to create one on the system). Once you have a username, join this blog by clicking the “Join this Site” link at the lefthand side. You will be added as an “Author” to this blog, which means that you can create, edit, and publish your own posts to this blog (you’ll need to do this for assignments). You won’t be able to make changes to the course documents or other students’ posts, so don’t worry about that.

2) Change your display name: When you write posts and leave comments, they will be signed with your username, which is what you use to log in to the qwriting system. You should change your display name so instead of showing your username it shows your real name. To do that, log in and look to the upper right of your screen where you’ll see “Howdy, Username.” Click the dropdown to go to “Your Profile,” and then scroll down until you see the place to change your Display Name. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to “Update Your Profile” and save your changes. Here’s more info: http://help.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/customizing-your-display-name/

3) Familiarize yourself with the blog layout and the syllabus materials I’ve uploaded. You’ll find a link to the syllabus at the left along with assignments, policies, and the course schedule with links to all the readings. If you’re new to blogging, take a peek at some of the qwriting help pages: http://help.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/.

4) Leave a comment to this post when you’re all signed up and introduce yourself (like: give a first impression of the class, ask a question, tell us your favorite books or writers, or say what you hope to get out of the class).