Floating – (adj.) not fixed or settled in a definite state or place; fluctuating, variable, unstable. (Oxford English Dictionary)
“Floating Among Artists” is a weekly blog created as a home for my weekly reading responses and general musings for my Comparative Literature graduate course at California State University, Chico. The theme of the course is “Artists of the Floating World” where we will be reading and focusing our discussion on texts from authors who “float” between cultures, languages, places, etc.
Artists of the Floating World: Contemporary Writers Between Cultures – Rob Burton (2007)
An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro (1986)
A Question of Power – Bessie Head (1974)
The Holder of the World – Bharati Mukherjee (1993)
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (1980)
About the Blogger
Megan Mann is a second semester graduate student in the Master’s of English program at California State University, Chico. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from CSU Chico in Spring 2016, as well as minors in Creative Writing and Ethics, Justice and Policy. While completing her undergraduate degree, Mann also wrote on the Opinion section of The Orion, CSU Chico’s award-winning and nationally acclaimed student-run newspaper, for three consecutive semesters on topics ranging from health/patient advocacy, politics, comics and other social topics, and local news/events. She was born and raised in two rural farming counties in Northern California and spent the first thirteen years of her life living with her mother and maternal grandmother, a second generation Spaniard-American. Mann’s creative works are heavily inspired by her family, her childhood living with her grandmother, and the farming communities where she grew up. While Chico has stolen her heart, she still plans on returning to live in one of the towns within the counties where she was raised.