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I could tell you what I do, but it would take a while and then you would look at me and go "Why?" I guess I'll do it anyway though, since that's the point here?
I suppose I am defined to some extent by what I do, but I prefer the philosophy that goes the other way and says that you define what you do. I don't like rigid definitions for people, so the second is more platable.
I'm a graduate student in English literature. I'm starting my doctorate in Medieval Studies in the fall. Language study is expected for my field, and I like it. I'm fluent in French (lived there for a year, as an English assistant in Reims), and I read Latin well. I've also studied Old English, Ancient Greek, and German, and I'll get around to Old Norse at some point. I'd like to add others. I really like the way Italian sounds and I want to learn it.
A broad list of my interests in medieval studies would look like: Old and Middle English language and literature, Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon culture, comparative oral tradition, epic, Arthurian literature, History of the English Language, paleography, mythography, and translation.
Truth be told, I think 90% of English studies are useless, but someone has to do them, eh? I try to focus on the productive parts, like manuscript studies, languages, and translation. I dislike most critical theory (approaches used to try to determine the meaning of a text, such as Freudian analysis...mostly it involves taking a crackpot author with subjective ideas and applying it as widely as possible to the text in question; then seeing what turns up.) It's absolute nonsense and little better than saying "I think this is X or Y, just because." I would prefer honest opinions.
Hmm...I teach freshmen composition too. A teaching assistant is a good thing to be as a graduate student. It gives you teaching experience and pays the bills at the same time.
Oh, and I'll be 25 in a couple weeks. Five more years of grad. school probably. It should be interesting. My name's Chad, as you can see from the username. I'm fairly easy-going and talkative I suppose.
Eh...that makes me sound as if my life is consumed with academia. But that's kind of true. I am in grad. school after all. For the summation of grad student life by way of comedy, I point you to http://www.phdcomics.com, a rather hilarious comic strip.
I read a lot when I have the time, I write, I walk, I hold one-sided conversations with my dog when it is a particularly dull day (Siberian-Husky, he's too smart for his own good but still chases his tail and likes to catch it and chew on it). For the moment, I'm liberated from the absolute necessity of studying by the summer break.
I used to play Everquest when I was an undergrad. I played WoW for a month. And I still occasionally play a text-based MUD called Gemstone IV (http://gemstone.net).
I came to the Greater Kingdom from a link on Tales of MU, but I prefer it to TMU.