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Popular Literary Themes

It’s an easy joke, but I love the self-defeatism of Dr. Klownus. Plus, there’s some joy whenever someone says something hasn’t been done in literature before. It has. ↓ TranscriptKLOWNUS: There should really be more books about free will. BEARD: What are you talking about? BEARD: Free will is one of the most popular themes in all of literature! KLOWNUS: ... Read More »

Bronte Sisters

No one can believe that Shakespeare was a real person who wrote all of his own work, yet we have no problem believing that three sisters were all classic writers? Think about it, this is slightly more impressive a set of sisters than the Kardashians! I figure we have faith in Charlotte, Anne, and Emily because there is better evidence ... Read More »

Introduction to Literary Theory

As with many things in life, a fight between two English nerds begins to sound an awful lot like a Pokemon match after a while. I’m not quite sure why that is, but I guess the glorified game of rock, paper, scissors is part of the charm of the Pokemon franchise. Also, literary theory taken out of context really sounds ... Read More »

Animal Farm

This is actually fairly accurate to many students who cheat. They often will mix plagiarized writing with things they’ve completely made up. Some may get away it, but usually it stands out like a sore thumb in a stack of papers. It’s almost always easier just to do the work. ↓ TranscriptHOBO: Your paper is half plagiarized, and the other ... Read More »

Banned Books Week

This week actually is Banned Books Week for those unaware. As celebrated by the American Library Association, the point of this week is to celebrate “Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.” Our comic’s history certainly makes this personally very important to us. You don’t have ... Read More »

Rock and Roll Literary Analysis

Students ask me on a fairly regular basis what is the point in analysis. It doesn’t directly do anything for you in the way that math and chemistry do, and there’s some truth to that. However, a nimble mind understands that some investments are long term in the way they pay off. It’s the true value of a real liberal ... Read More »

There’s No Point in Reading

Students will try almost any excuse to get out of work. Often their excuses prove their true intellect, and make you kind of sad they don’t put the same effort into their actual work. But when all else fails, they always fall back to pink eye. ↓ TranscriptTREY: Professor, what is the point of reading literature? It's already all been ... Read More »


Academic arguments are always the funniest when they’re just barely wrong. You agree with Professor Hobo that it almost makes sense, and then in the same instant Jimmy undermines his own credibility. Self-defeatism is at the core of most comedy. ↓ TranscriptHOBO: Jimmy, for your Great Gatsby paper you turned in a Dilbert comic strip with Dogbert erased out of ... Read More »