It seems that approximately the entire third-year cohort here just took qualifying exams this week. It makes me nostalgic for those days when my entire job was to read nineteenth-century novels and modernist poetry and the like--even though I know I'm idealizing the memory.* Anyway, congratulations to everyone who just passed quals!
*In point of fact, I had the honor of giving someone a mock exam yesterday and was reminded that there were some real duds of the nineteenth century, e.g. Iola Leroy. I'd forgotten that book, but it's still on my shelf. Dear God, what a terrible novel.