Bitextual Me

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Douglas Paulin for The Chronicle Review

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Douglas Paulin for The Chronicle Review

I'm bitextual. The term is not mine—it was applied to me by a friend—but I embrace it as an apt description of my conflicted textuality. Like most professors, I dutifully pursue writing projects of a scholarly nature. But I also write fiction—novels, stories, parodies, and short pieces of humor. This might sound like a happy state of affairs, but it's not. My double textuality has at times filled me with anguish, and learning to recognize it and find balance has taken most