FANNING THE FLAME – Becky Jo Gesteland

YellowstonesmokeIn 1987 I’d moved to Madison, Wisconsin, to pursue a master’s degree in English. While there, I received my first “C” from a tiny little man who taught the 18th century novel. We read Clarissa—1500-odd pages of epistolary novel—which tells the story of a man’s seduction and eventual rape of a young woman. How could I write a decent paper about such a book? I revised the paper, pulled a “B,” and was grateful to get out of the 18th century alive.
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