I am very excited about her special Friday edition post. This is an added glimpse at one of the UNLV Summit presenters. Melanie her colleague at Vanderbilt, Emily Pendergrass, will be two of our presenters. Thanks Melanie.
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Love, Loss, and Hope in Retellings of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
These violent delights have violent ends…
(Act 2, Scene 6
Ridley is the son of the owner of The Geekery, a chain of comic book stores. His father is emotionally abusive and self-absorbed and forces Ridley into being a brand ambassador for the stores. Ridley and Jubilee fall for each other, and in true star-crossed lovers’ style, events and people conspire to destroy their relationship. What makes this particular story stand out is the character development. Ridley is anxiety ridden and has suicidal thoughts. He spirals out of control before he gets the help and support he needs. Dugan’s exploration of mental illness is nuanced and compassionate, and Ridley’s experiences with anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideations are fully explored as are Jubilee’s codependency issues.
Gang members from both families begin to die in gruesome ways; they claw out their throats. Rumors of monsters and madness sweep through Shanghai. Is it a plague? Is there a monster in the shadows making people ill? Juliette and Roma defy their families to work together to find out what is going on in their city. The city itself becomes a character—one which is being pulled in multiple directions with the rise of communism, the Opium Wars, and the influences of colonialism. While Juliette and Roma work together, their feelings for each other create an ongoing challenge and angsty tension between them.
Dr. Melanie Hundley is a Professor in the Practice of English Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College; her research examines how digital and multimodal composition informs the development of pre-service teachers’ writing pedagogy. Additionally, she explores the use of digital and social media in young adult literature. She teaches writing methods courses that focus on digital and multimodal composition and young adult literature courses that explore race, class, gender, and sexual identity in young adult texts. She has taught both middle and high school English Language Arts. She is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Teaching and Learning.