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Professor or Editor?

Professor or Editor?: Time-Saving Strategies for Effective Grading of Writing Assignments by David S. Hogsette, PhD A solicited lecture given at a faculty enrichment workshop at Grove City College ©2014 Faculty members, both new and experienced, often struggle with managing the myriad of duties required on campuses today. They are expected to develop exciting courses, […]

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Novel Strategies to Encourage Careful Reading and Energized Discussions

by David S. Hogsette, PhD Originally published on February 26, 2014 on the NYiT Center for Teaching and Learning Blog. You’re Having Them Read What?!? Recently, I decided to take a “great minds, great books” approach to the reading list in my Foundations of Research Writing course (FCWR 151). I’m having freshmen students read such […]

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Reflecting upon Modern Christmas with C. S. Lewis

  It seems to get worse each year: the Christmas commercials, music, and mall decorations are starting earlier and earlier. This year, when Halloween ended, we seemed to have skipped right over Thanksgiving and gone straight to Christmas. And, I find this trend repulsive. What is driving it? Love for Christ, a want to get […]

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Romanticism in Victorian Mythopoeic Fantasy

  Romanticism in Victorian Mythopoeic Fantasy: The Relationship between Coleridge’s Cognitive Theory and George MacDonald’s Redemptive Imagination by David S. Hogsette, Ph.D. A paper presented at the 2013 International Conference on Romanticism ©2013 Copy of the paper and PowerPoint slide show are embedded below: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via […]

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Laughing in the Face of Horror

  A Review of Vincent Todarello’s The Lazarus Impact. 2012. Pp. 284. $12 paperback, $3 Kindle After releasing his very first and quite successful entry into the world of mythopoeic fantasy literature with The Return of the Fifth Stone, Vincent Todarello returns to the literary scene in a surprising and rather shocking splattering of flesh, […]

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Romanticism in Victorian Mythopoeic Fantasy

  The following is a presentation proposal for the Fall 2013 conference of the International Conference on Romanticism. Romanticism in Victorian Mythopoeic Fantasy: The Relationship between Coleridge’s Cognitive Theory and George MacDonald’s Redemptive Imagination In this presentation I examine the influence of S. T. Coleridge’s literary cognitive theory on George MacDonald’s theological view of the […]

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Recovering Truths Our Progressive Age Has Misplaced

A Review of Vincent Todarello’s The Return of the Fifth Stone. Pp. 408. $15 paperback, $3 Kindle. Ursula K. LeGuin once said that fantasy is the grandmother of all fiction, that all literature has its roots in the myth of ancient cultures, and through fantasy we can reconnect with timeless truths and insights, feelings and […]

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E-mails to a Young Seeker: Exchanges in Mere Christianity

E-mails to a Young Seeker: Exchanges in Mere Christianity

  As popular advocates for new atheism clash with intellectually gifted Christian apologists, the debates rage on. At the end of the day, after the lecture halls clear and the thumb-worn books are put back on the shelves, the participants in these battles of ideas remain firmly entrenched in their positions. Yet, there are many […]

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Writing That Makes Sense: Critical Thinking in College Composition

Writing That Makes Sense: Critical Thinking in College Composition

  Students often face a daunting dilemma in academia when it comes to writing. In their composition courses they are encouraged to express their emotions, find themselves, construct their own meanings, discover their voices, and own their identities through writing. But when they are asked to write lab reports, history papers, sociological studies, or to […]

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Review of The Hobbit Film, Part I

  Like many Tolkien readers and fans, I’d been waiting with anticipation for the release of The Hobbit film ever since it was first announced. Peter Jackson did such a good job with the LOTR films (not perfect, of course, but very good, very good indeed), that I was so excited to see how he […]

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