Commencement interviews

Mark Ostow

Mark Ostow

Bonita Rhoads, PhD, comparative literature View full image

What is your field?

I'm a Victorianist. I disliked my youthful academic experience so much that I kind of hid out and read. I had one of those Great Books editions, and I ended up reading my way through it while I was trying to avoid attending school.

My father dropped out [of Yale] at the end of his freshman year to work for the anti-Vietnam War movement. So he's happy to see me get this degree.

Where will you be next year?

I'm already teaching at Masaryk University in Brno in the Czech Republic.

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