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Jack-o-Lit: Literary Pumpkin Carving with Students, Librarians, and Faculty

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pumpkin of means must be in want of a knife.
-Dr. Holly Dugan, Associate Professor of English

Jack-O-Lit Literary Pumpkin CarvingIt began as a late-night Twitter conversation. Students of Dr. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen had suggested pumpkin carving as a fun activity for the class, but once he mentioned it in a tweet the community of professors and librarians knew it had to be a larger event. Multiple pumpkin-based literary allusions later, Jack-o-Lit, a festival of literary pumpkin carving, was born. 

And so on a spectacular Tuesday in late October, students, faculty, and librarians gathered on Kogan Plaza to put a literary spin on the traditional Halloween Jack-o’-Lantern. Participants brought their own pumpkin to sculpt and enjoy the company of some of GW’s “coolest faculty and librarians.”

Jack-O-Lit WinnerFinished pumpkins were judged in several areas including best literary adaptation, best overall pumpkin, and best Postmodern pumpkin. A variety of books were provided by the English Department as prizes, including the much-coveted Riverside Chaucer.  Participants were encouraged to dress as their favorite literary or classical character, with professors Dugan and Hsy reigning as king and queen of the festivities.




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