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From Postcards to Tweets

by Monica Cure

Torrey Honors Institute professor Dr. Monica Cure considers how story is shared interpersonally from day to day. She looks at a number of postcards as examples and comments on the emotion, engagement, and enjoyment that these simple messages invite. Presented at the 2014 CCCA Razor's Edge Conference.



Monica Cure was born in Romania and grew up bicultural in Detroit, learning Spanish along the way. She studied Comparative Literature and from the Torrey great books curriculum, she loves both Fyodor Dostoyevsky and T.S. Eliot. Her specialty is late 19th/early 20th British and American literature. She received her doctorate from the University of Southern California and wrote her dissertation on the invention of the postcard as a new form of communication technology and its representation in the turn-of-the-century novel.  Her dissertation allowed her to explore her interests in popular culture and media, travel, art history, visual and material culture, and postcolonial studies. It also legitimized her antiquing habit and ever-growing old postcard collection. On her days off campus, you will likely find her in a cafe in LA with a good friend or a good book.

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