The First Word: Erin Missroon

Erin-MissroonIntroduction from Dr. Amanda Kellogg, English Professor: Erin Missroon’s essay “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: Unravelling Reality” (written for my Honors English 1102 course) offers a thoughtful and sophisticated explication of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard’s reimagined version of Hamlet. Stoppard’s play, which features non-sequiturs, irony, and unnerving direct addresses to the audience, often proves challenging for students to read and write about, but Erin’s essay shows how thoroughly she has understood and appreciated the eccentricities of this, one of my favorite plays. Arguing that Stoppard constructs an “anti-play,” Erin proposes cogent answers to the question “How does postmodern literature interact with (and possibly change) its audience?” Erin’s reading not only draws on such sophisticated theoretical questions. It also demonstrates mastery of the literary critical vocabulary and the close reading skills I expect from junior- and senior-level English majors. Read her essay here.

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