ESP Biography



LESLIE LEONARD, English PhD Candidate at UMass Amherst




Major: English PhD

College/Employer: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Originally from Alabama, now living in Western Mass with her partner, Leslie is in the final years of her PhD candidacy at UMass Amherst. She studies American Literature and American Studies with an emphasis on underrepresented authors and thinkers of the nineteenth century.



Past Classes

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L14380: Close Reading in the World in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
This class employs the same tools that we use to closely read and engage with literature in order to closely read and engage with the world around us. Using advertisements, newspaper headlines, clips from popular television, and so on, this class shows how the skills and critical thinking of close reading, paying attention to detail, and acknowledging the audience/tone/goal/etc. of a piece helps us to interpret the world around us. Starting from the belief that our perspectives are built from the media we consume, the language we use, and the representation that we witness, this class lays bare how interpretation and close reading are part of our everyday lives as consumers, global citizens, students, and so on.