Jessica S. Manuel

Jessica S. Manuel is a reader, writer, and college professor. Her work explores the intersections of contemporary theories and philosophies with classic and contemporary literature. She earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Critical Theory and a minor in Theological Studies from The Master's University. She went on to earn her M.A. in English (Literature) from San Francisco State University where she studied 19th-20th Century Literatures with a special studies emphasis in Critical Theory. After examining the intersections of psychoanalysis and contemporary literature, she wrote her thesis on Haruki Murakami's use of the unconscious in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. After earning her M.A., she continued her education at University of California, San Diego where she studied and earned certificates in teaching adult learners, literature, and online teaching and learning. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. Jessica offers online adult literature courses and reading groups for life-long learners through Book Oblivion Academy and also teaches writing and literature courses at the college level.

The Himalayas of Literature

Scaling the Himalayas of Literature – From Wallace to Joyce – Six Novels

โ€œThe wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.โ€ –Reinhold Messner We are kicking off a brand new course series and inviting participants from all over the world to climb some of the most challenging literary mountains on the planet. Course Overview Climbing the highest peaks on the planet …

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The Blu(e) of Education

The Blue of Education

Our world is now so complex, our technology and science so powerful, and our problems so global and interconnected that we have come to the limits of individual human intelligence and individual expertise.โ€ย  James Paul Gee With brief pockets of cynicism and frequent moments of humor, ย James Paul Gee describes the anti-intellectual spirit of our …

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Book Oblivion

Book Oblivion Academy

Albert Camus | Haruki Murakami | Marcel Proust | Colson Whitehead Below is the reading scheduled for our reading groups this week. If you’d like to join any group you’re not currently a part of, you can register by following the link below the group or join them all by becoming a member of Book …

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Mark Edmundson

Mark Edmundson on Becoming the Author’s Advocate, His Attorney for Explication and Defense

“The kind of teaching I part company with, the kind that seems to me most destructive to the freedom of self-making, is the kind that simply applies a standing set of terms to every text that comes to hand. These forms of teaching are a little like bad translation. Every work, alas, is rewritten in …

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