[percy-l] Hello!

Troy Smith troy.w.smith at gmail.com
Mon Jul 4 13:27:49 EDT 2011


This is Troy Smith of Baltimore, MD. I am a Master's of Library Science
student at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and in the past year I have
become enthralled by the works of Søren Kierkegaard. It was through him that
I recently rediscovered Walker Percy. (I* *have only read *The Moviegoer*, a
book which, after reading Kierkegaard, seems all the more vital to me in
hindsight.) Ever since I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2005, I have
kicked around the idea of going to graduate school for a degree in English
literature, but always balked because I could not commit to writing a thesis
or (maybe even) a dissertation on one particular author or book. It was the
classic existential paradox of being "condemned to be free." Anyway, that
changed for me when, after reading many other authors, I finally read
Kierkegaard and decided that I would commit myself to studying him. I do
not, however, have even a bachelor's in philosophy, so it would probably
take quite a lot of additional coursework in order to study S.K. at the
graduate level. What I do have is a bachelor's in English literature and a
serious passion for the discipline, so, when I learned of the several
Southern authors influenced by S.K. (Percy, Faulkner, O'Connor), I decided
that I would write a thesis on one, some, or all of them and their
connections to Kierkegaard. So that's my long-winded explanation for why
I'll be observing. This spring I'll be applying for library jobs and M.A.
programs at universities with strong programs in Southern literature and
professors who write about Percy, Faulkner, and O'Connor, especially vis-à-vis
S.K. In the meantime, I'll be reading Percy and lurking around here. I hope
you won't mind!

Best wishes,
Troy Smith
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