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  • Someone from Philippines
    Someone from Philippines I am a Literature student by accident. I don't have much knowledge about the Renaissance period, the Victorian period, the works of Shakespeare and the debate of Essentialist and Constructivist over the gender but I am willing to contribute what I have learned. I am good at poetry and making short stories. In fact, I have written stories that graded by my Professors as excellent. I am good at critiquing original literature. I am a Queer theorist and an avid fan of Kate Chopin. One of her famous works that I really admire is the "THE AWAKENING." It really awakens me from my deepest slumber. 
    Well, truth to be told I am a Filipino but the thing is that why I am encouraging everyone to engage in this interesting section. This American Literature deserves to be on Socratic because it is crucial to all of us. I know you might be thinking why do we need to study the past if past is past, right? But the point is that past teaches us lessons that we should and always look upon. As a Literature student I have learned that you should always embody the essence of Literature for it is not just a written work of arts but it reflects the reality in a certain society. Literature for me is like a mirror, it reflects whoever sees it. As a Literature student I have the keen eyes for literature and a panoramic view might as well. 
    2 years ago
  • Someone from Philippines
    Someone from Philippines I am a Literature student by accident. I don't have much knowledge about the Renaissance period, the Victorian period, the works of Shakespeare and the debate of Essentialist and Constructivist over the gender but I am willing to contribute what I have learned. I am good at poetry and making short stories. In fact, I have written stories that graded by my Professors as excellent. I am good at critiquing original literature. I am a Queer theorist and an avid fan of Kate Chopin. One of her famous works that I really admire is the "THE AWAKENING." It really awakens me from my deepest slumber.
    2 years ago
  • Someone from Mumbai, India
    Someone from Mumbai, India Hello, I am Pooja Shah. I am currently studying American Literature in the second year of my Degree. I have come across some amazing novels such as Women of Brewster Place and plays such as Cat on A Hot Tin Roof. I am also studying Harlem Renaissance, Beat poetry and Imagist poetry. I am keen to contribute whatever knowledge I have about American Literature as a foreign student of the subject and help other students to understand the concepts and themes of various American Literature works.
    2 years ago
  • Someone from Philippines
    Someone from Philippines Hello, I'm Kim and i'm still a student. I am a third year College student. I have a course/subject American Literature and I am now excited to learn more about the history, the life of famous writers, the periods of American literature, the dominant stories and patterns undergo from English settlement in America and so on. I hope I am welcome here and hope to find a friend. Thanks
    2 years ago
  • Someone from Islamabad, Pakistan
    Someone from Islamabad, Pakistan I am Naqqash from Pakistan. I obtained Masters Degree in American Literature. I would like to share my knowledge with student all over the globe.
    2 years ago
  • Becca M.
    @becca Becca M. @carrie-j — welcome!!! So thrilled to have you on board. Mild obsessions is kind of what we're all about around here :P The name of the game here is to get 6 more founders signed up, and then we can start building!
    2 years ago
  • Carrie J.
    @c-j Carrie J. I'm Carrie! I've been eagerly awaiting literature's launch on Socratic for about two years now. Literature connects us to universal human themes and builds cultural awareness. I studied American and British lit at UCLA, and I specialized in southern literature from the 1920s.
    2 years ago
  • Carrie J.
    @c-j Carrie J. Seconding Sarah's enthusiasm! I studied American literature and even attempted to pursue a PhD in the subject (until I learned about the job prospects after 8 years of studying...). I specialized in Southern Literature of the 1920s. I'm mildly obsessed with William Faulkner.
    2 years ago
  • Becca M.
    @becca Becca M. @sarah! I am so excited you want to start this subject. I do too, actually! Super excited for other founders to sign up :)
    2 years ago
  • Sarah
    @sarah Sarah I'm Sarah, and I'm a member of the Socratic team. I've always been a bookworm, and I majored in literature during college. My favorite authors in college were the Lost Generation, but I'm also a huge fan of Franzen, DeLillo, Pynchon, DFW. I'm excited to see the humanities launch on Socratic, in part so that I can reconnect to my love for literature!
    2 years ago
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FAQ

How are new subjects launched?

By the community! (With support from the Socratic team.) To launch a subject on Socratic, you need a founding team of eight people who are committed to building and supporting the subject through its critical early days.

Once eight founders have signed up, you will form a team that collaborates to grow and nurture the subject using a live version of the site. You will write the subject's first featured answers and recruit other contributors. Most important, you will lead by example by participating often and encouraging others to do the same.

Once the founding team has built a foundation of helpful answers and a healthy community of supporters, the subject will graduate, meaning it will join the ranks as a designated Socratic learning resource. We'll also design a beautiful subject badge to make it official!

Who can be a subject founder?

Anyone who knows a lot about American Literature can become a founder. Why? The Socratic community values passion, diversity of opinions, and commitment over credentials.

Alongside your knowledge, your passion to share and spread American Literature with students everywhere should be your driving force. This is what will help your subject succeed!

Why should I become a founder?
  • Be one of eight people building a shared resource that will reach more than a million students every month. Now that's legacy.
  • Connect and collaborate with brilliant people around the world who share your passion. Find your tribe.
  • Earn credibility and status, online and off. Add it to your resume! Founding a subject will keep you sharp, and can even help in your professional life.
  • Have fun. Building something you're proud of feels pretty darn good.
When I sign up to be a founder, what am I committing to? I'm not sure I have time.

New subjects need a foundation of helpful answers and, most important, continuous participation from passionate folks. As a founder, you will:

  • Ensure that your founding team creates at least 20 featured answers that represent that very best in your subject
  • Participate often and encourage other team members, so that you meet your shared goal of high activity days (days on which 8 or more people contribute)

No matter who you are, life is busy and unpredictable. That's why there are no individual or time-based requirements for subject founders. You can contribute to your shared goals anytime, from anywhere - so long as you make an active effort to support the team and push the subject forward.

Can I invite friends to be founders?

If you know someone who would be a great founder for a new subject on Socratic, you can — and should! — invite that person by sharing the link to this page with them, and encouraging them to sign up.

Inviting a friend to join you on the founding team likely means working with someone you already respect, which'll help establish trust amongst the team early on. Trust = better outcomes and more fun.

I would love to see American Literature on Socratic! Can I get involved without becoming a founder?

Yes! To help get American Literature launched on Socratic, you can:

  • Recruit others (know a potential founder?) and spread the word (share links with interested friends or online groups you're part of)
  • Contribute early answers — anyone can write answers, even if you're not a founder
  • Ask some of the first questions (if you're studying this subject or want to learn about it)
  • Get to know the founders and chime in with support and encouragement