I’ve been discussing my paper idea with a good friend of mine who also happens to be an English major. She’s read Dracula and is familiar enough with Alice in Wonderland that I think she has some good insight as to some of the things I could talk about. I’ve also bounced the symbolic ideas off of my roommates and they think it sounds interesting, even though they haven’t actually read the books.
I definitely think that I want to compare the symbolism in Dracula to that in Alice, but I also want to talk about what the symbolism does to the plot. For Dracula, I think the symbolism is a foreshadowing tool, while in Alice I think that the symbolism is used to draw more connections in the way our minds draw connections. I’m still a little iffy about whether or not I can find evidence about the last part. Who knows though, maybe the research will help me come up with even more ideas?
As an editing minor, I’ve helped several people I know become published authors. Two of them asked me to edit their papers for religious symposiums, and I have helped two more be published on the student journal I work for. I feel confident in my abilities to help them be published, but it’s a different story when it comes to my own writing.
In order to get published, the first place I would try is through the journal I work for, Criterion. It’s a journal for literary criticism and since that’s what this paper is, I think that would be the best way to try to get published. Since I’m an editor, I know what the journal is looking for, which gives me a leg-up on the competition.
If I decide not to submit my paper to Criterion then I would most likely try to submit it into the English symposium, depending on whether or not I think it fits. I feel like there are a lot of options that I have on campus that I should take advantage of first! (There’s a smaller pool and it’s local so that means I have a better chance of getting selected.)
What it all boils down to is whether or not I'm comfortable with being published. I enjoy writing... but I'm a perfectionist when I know lots of people will read what I write. The bad part about writing is that there's always something more you could do or another thing you could have changed. I'll have to learn to accept all of this if I decide to get published. I'll also have to suck up my pride, but that's a different story.