My Academic Metamorphosis

My Academic Metamorphosis 1

Lauren Rolwing for The Chronicle Review

One chilly December morning in 2011, I awoke from unsettling dreams in a strange room in Indiana missing several key pieces of information. Among them were: where I was, what I was doing there, and my own name. I was relieved that unlike Kafka's Gregor Samsa, I was still in human form—Gregor Samsa I remembered!—but everything else was terrifying.

Eventually, I managed to recall my name and that I was in a hotel room paid for by the generous