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Comments on: Celebrating 10 years of imposter syndrome http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Rohan Maitzen http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/comment-page-1/#comment-12477 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 00:02:45 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/#comment-12477 See, I can’t even get book info right: ‘How to Read a Victorian Novel’ is George Levine’s contribution to the ‘how to read’ genre. John Sutherland’s (which I’ve also got) is just plain ‘How to Read a Novel.’

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By: Frothy McBaldman http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/comment-page-1/#comment-12473 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 21:14:27 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/#comment-12473 I will add my amen to the cries of the congregation. Nowadays, however, I find that I can overcome imposter syndrome in the classroom by dwelling on all the other areas of endeavor in which I am woefully underprepared and altogether inadequate.

I am hoping this will hold me in good stead until I teach Romantic poetry and prose in the fall, at which point I assume my students will rise up and point at me like Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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By: Alex http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/comment-page-1/#comment-12467 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 18:30:34 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/#comment-12467 This affects students as well, I might add. Well, At least, it affects me – every time I present a project, be it a conference, a panel, URCAD – I am shocked that anyone could possibly interested in what I have to say, because I am fairly certain that I am making it up. This might be the case – is it weird to hope I have imposters?

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By: Rohan Maitzen http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/comment-page-1/#comment-12465 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 17:32:30 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/#comment-12465 I just received a book the very existence of which confirms my imposter status: John Sutherland’s ‘How to Read a Victorian Novel.’ Clearly, I’ve been doing it wrong all these years but everyone has been too nice to say so. Is one symptom of this syndrome having dreams about showing up for the first class either in the wrong room or without any notes?

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By: Brian http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/comment-page-1/#comment-12461 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:53:04 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/#comment-12461 Thanks for this post, Jason. I have been going through these same emotions as I’m prepping for my classes this fall: worried that I’ll have nothing of value to say to the students. That they’ll figure out that my grasp of media theory is not quite on par with Baudrillard’s. That I don’t know enough about the historical context of 1964 to be effective in talking about McLuhan.

I guess what this means is that I can’t realistically expect these emotions to go away. But knowing that they are part of the experience for everyone means that I can maybe wrap my mind around just pushing forward.

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By: Knitting Clio http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/comment-page-1/#comment-12447 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 11:10:40 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/07/29/celebrating-10-years-of-imposter-syndrome/#comment-12447 Glad to hear I’m not the only one who (still) freaks out about this sort of stuff — and I’ve been doing this a decade longer than you! There’s an interesting article by Peggy McIntosh at Wellesley about how women are more prone to this thinking.

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