October 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As promised in the posts from September and last month, here's our next installment of faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Looking to catch up on past success or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of Reading Matters, our monthly newsletter. Have news to report? Email us at english@ksu.edu. … Continue reading October 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Out from Under His Eye: A Discussion of Margaret Atwood’s Dystopia

Last week on October 29, the Literature Track held an event at The Dusty Bookshelf celebrating the recent publication of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments — the long-awaited sequel to her 1985 dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. Both novels are set in an alternative present where the United States is overthrown by the authoritarian theocracy Gilead, … Continue reading Out from Under His Eye: A Discussion of Margaret Atwood’s Dystopia

Grad Student Spotlight: Katie Cline

My Master’s Project explores the complex relationships and tensions between cats, women, gender, knowledge, sexuality, and independence in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series in the context of other 20th century fantasy novels. So, why cats? Cats have been connected to women—and, especially, to witches—in literature for centuries, and my project interprets cats in Harry Potter … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Katie Cline

Ope! Midwesterners Venture to the West Coast to Talk about Language Change

  Every year linguists come together to talk about what’s changing in language and how best to study it at the New Ways of Analyzing Language (NWAV) conference. This year, Lynsey Akin (BA '20) and I got the chance to join them in Eugene, Oregon, to share what we’ve been up to in the Kansas … Continue reading Ope! Midwesterners Venture to the West Coast to Talk about Language Change

Six Books to Scare You

If these at least one of these books doesn't give you the creeps, we'll give you a box of Milk Duds or something. Scratch that. We're so sure they'll scare you, we're not even going to buy any Milk Duds. Tricks only here—gorgeous, night-sweats-inducing tricks. As life makes it increasingly difficult to read every book … Continue reading Six Books to Scare You

Grad Student Spotlight: Rebecca Nelson

If you’ve ever considered submitting a query letter to a literary agent, you might know they typically include a few paragraphs about your manuscript, where it fits in the market, and your qualifications or publication history. If you’ve never been an intern at a literary agency, you might not know that sometimes, in lieu of … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Rebecca Nelson

Roger Mello, Award-Winning Brazilian Artist and Author

Roger Mello will be here!  Mark your calendars! On Monday, October 28, from 7:00-7:50pm in ECS 017, acclaimed Brazilian picture-book artist Roger Mello will speak about his creative process.  The event is free.  All are welcome. Who is Roger Mello? Born in 1965 in Brazil, Roger Mello has illustrated over 100 children’s books — 22 of which … Continue reading Roger Mello, Award-Winning Brazilian Artist and Author

English Majors’ Curiosity and Willingness to Learn: Key to Success on the Job

Angel Theriot Sulzer (MA '12) and Suzie Lear (MA '12) Too often, our culture misunderstands the connection between a university degree and career preparation. Recently, Anne Phillips asked alums to share stories in response to students' fears that their English degrees may not be relevant to their future jobs. We heard back from several alumni, … Continue reading English Majors’ Curiosity and Willingness to Learn: Key to Success on the Job

Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

On Monday, October 14, 2020, Kansas State University’s Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance hosted its 4th annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration on “Asserting Sovereignty: Innovations and Battlegrounds.” This year was the largest event yet, with over 280 individual registrants, nineteen classes, over 630 students sent to the conference sessions, coverage by WIBW, KSNT, The Collegian, … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples Day 2019