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Dominick Knowles

My interests arc toward theory—theories of culture, of meaning, of mind, etc. Coupling my English major with a minor in Philosophy has allowed me to analyze critically the role language plays in producing such theories. Reading poetry and fiction continues to show me the edges of intelligible communication; reading Philosophy fills in those edges, gives them conceptual substance.

I was a summer fellow between my junior and senior years at Ursinus. My research and composition became the first installment of my tripartite Honors Thesis, which applies various theories of Psychoanalysis, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, and Cognitive Science to three novels by Italian Postmodernist Italo Calvino: If on a winter’s night a traveler, Invisible Cities, and Mr. Palomar.

I hope to enroll in a PhD program either in Literature or Philosophy with the eventual goal of becoming a professor.

I took two consecutive summer internships at Penguin Random House Publishing in Manhattan. The summer of my freshman year, I worked in the Academic Marketing division, writing/editing copy, advertisements, and spreadsheets. The following summer my job waxed protean: Working for a division called Blue Rider Press, I edited several novel manuscripts, continued to write copy, ads, and spreadsheets, and worked on a few social media marketing campaigns. I made several valuable contacts during my internships, and had a chance to work with employers who didn’t relegate me to coffee-fetcher. The experience was invaluable, to say the least.

Class Year

2015

Hometown

Norwood, NJ

Major

English

Minor

Philosophy, Creative Writing

Activities

President of Delta Pi Sigma, the first gender-neutral greek organization in Ursinus history; Sigma Tau Delta; Writing Fellow; yearly contributor to The Lantern literary magazine. I spend most of my free time playing music or writing poetry.