The second step of my long journey to earn a Master’s degree in English was encapsulated in a spring 2017 course that focused on the fiction and other literary works of Russian born literary titan Vladimir Nabokov. Like the class I completed in the fall 2016 semester, this one — ENGL 428: Topics in Literature and Culture 1900 to Present — made me read, think and of course, write. In fact, my final paper focused on journeys of a different sort: Psychological or “mental journeys” taken by literary characters.
The paper, A Psychological Perspective on the Significance of Mental Journeys Taken by Protagonists in Invitation to a Beheading and Lolita, chronicles passages from two of Nabokov’s most compelling novels.
I wholeheartedly welcome your thoughts on this essay, as well as insight and advice as I continue my intellectual journey to an advanced degree in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.