Following in the footsteps of his mother, William Bowden was interested from an early age in transnational literature of the nineteenth century. Over time, and with the help of numerous instructors, Bowden has developed an affinity for all things Virginia Woolf. Now, as a Ph.D. candidate, he is working with texts and theory from the nineteenth century to the early 20th century. Bowden is interested in continental philosophy beginning with Nietzsche, and more recently, struggling with the work of Michel Foucault and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Bowden is obsessed with the relationship between teaching and literature. Pedagogy as an interactive critical practice within an authoritative and standardized framework has become one of his center interests. Currently in his first year, Bowden plans to build upon his Master’s thesis “Virginia Woolf’s Aesthetic Pedagogy” (2017). His first publication appeared in the Journal For Media Literacy Education (2015) and his more recent invited publication for The Current reflects his intense desire to dismantle forms of education that are authoritative and replace them with a “horizontal” mode of learning (borrowing the phrase from Achille Mbembe) between teacher and student.
This multi-genre assignment asks students to first explore how much they know their tendencies to procrastinate in a personal essay, then to interview a peer about their respective writing processes, and finally, to compare their own personal essay and an analysis of their interview in a cover letter.