General Writing

Introducing Me

Hello and welcome! My name is Emma Cubellis, and I’m happy to introduce myself. If you’ve found your way to my blog, perhaps you are familiar with my work, or perhaps you are not. Either way, I’d love to spend these next few paragraphs telling you a bit about myself and my scholarship. Let’s start with the basics.

            I’m originally from Massachusetts and can confirm that I am a Boston girl through and through; I love my city! Which is exactly why I chose to stay there after high school to pursue my degree in English at Northeastern University. Before starting at Northeastern, I planned on following the straight and narrow. I wanted to major in English, follow a smooth and stationary four year plan, and then head off either into the workforce or to grad school. However, if you’re familiar with Northeastern, you know that straight and narrow is not how they do things; it’s more curved and wide. My entire academic journey got flipped upside down when I started my career not in Boston, but in London. Beginning my academic career outside my comfort zone was the best thing that happened to me in my undergrad because it made me hungry to experience more and to get the most I could out of my undergrad experience. A few weeks into my second semester (back in Boston!) I had added a Major to my curriculum (Communications) and two minors (History and Global Fashion). I felt that my best route was not to limit myself to one passion, but to open myself to the many passions that can be pursued by following an interdisciplinary path. That’s the great thing about Northeastern: They encourage you to discover and envelop yourself in your passion(s).

            One way they do that is through the co-op program where students are sent into the workforce for 6 months. I was lucky enough to do my co-op at an incredible start-up company called BookBub in Cambridge, MA. It is there that I first began to establish my online persona. I wrote dozens of articles for them in my time there and continue to write for them 2 years later. Working at BookBub helped me discover that my career passion lied in publishing, editing, and just generally in, books. I knew I always wanted to have a career that somehow incorporated my love of books, but working there helped me discover that I wanted my career not only to involve books, but to revolve around books. 

            At the end of my time at Northeastern, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my very long degree and decided that my best next step was to take my love of scholarship and my love of books to Georgetown for my English Masters. At Georgetown, my research focus is on Young Adult and Popular Fiction as well as Creative Writing (because this is where my passion lies!). My aim in looking at these two genres (more specifically YA) is to strip away the lower value judgment that has been placed on them, and to study the writing in the same manner as we study those dense, canonical texts. My interest in this topic stems from my own love of YA and Popular literature; in fact, my ultimate goal in life is to write a novel in one of the aforementioned genres (actually, that is precisely what I did for my undergrad capstone, and am currently working on publishing that book). I’ve worked with published authors such as Gary Braver, who mentors me on my projects; creative writing continues to be a passion project of mine, though, as my primary focus at the time is on academic writing.

            In truth, I am more of a pen-to-paper girl than a girl of the digital world. But, with guidance from my former professor, Ryan Cordell, I have forayed into the digital realm using platforms such as Twine, which I’ve found to be quite fun to work with. Twine is especially relevant for those of us whose interests reside in storytelling. Though I have not devoted much of my studies to digital humanities, I am optimistic that there is a treasure trove of digital findings that I might be able to apply to my research in YA literature. I know that this community is highly active in the digital realm, and therefore is going to be an integral part of any research that has to do with the YA audience. I am eager to see how the digital world complements my argument that YA literature and canonical literature should not be read with differing value judgments without first applying the same scholarly methods of analysis to the texts. In the meantime, I am eager to learn more about how humanities makes itself present in the digital age as well as publish some of my own writing (both creative and scholarly) to online publications. Until then, you can find my happy, bibliophile, self over at the (digital) BookBub blog and coming to a (physical) shelf near you, (hopefully) soon! 

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