>Apparently, Gregory Colón Semenza thinks I had something to do with the success of Graduate Study for the 21st Century (I think I have mentioned it more than once on the blog). And by “I,” I mean Dr. Virago. Go look at the Amazon page for the newly revised second edition and click on “Look Inside This Book.” Then look at the acknowledgments to the second edition. Yup, there it is: Dr. Virago.
Too funny! Even funnier to me is the fact that my colleague Victoria will be taking over our ‘intro to graduate studies’ class this semester with my syllabus — which includes Semenza’s book — and so the new crop of our MA students might read that acknowledgments section with no idea that “Dr. Virago” is me. Hilarious!
You know, it’s things like this that sometimes make me want to ‘claim’ Dr. Virago here on the blog — I’m already out elsewhere (including in print) — but I still think I’d prefer for my own web identity and Dr. Virago’s to be distinct.
Anyway, I still highly recommend Semenza’s book for anyone in a humanities graduate program or thinking about applying to one, and I’m psyched there’s an updated second edition. And most of my students have found it very, very helpful, and they’re M.A. students, not the Ph.D. students it’s really aimed at. (By which I mean to say, it’s useful for M.A .students *as well as* Ph.D. students.)
And thanks for reading, Prof. Semenza!