Summer 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Rhetorics in Theory and Practice (Utah State UP, 2022), co-edited by Abby Knoblauch and Marie E. Moeller. Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. The issue for September showcases a greater range of research, scholarship, and creative … Continue reading Summer 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

The Only Woman

Cover image for The Only Woman by Immy Humes (Phaidon, 2022) Immy Humes’ new book The Only Woman (Phaidon, 2022) presents 100 photos, each of which shows one woman among many men. When I read her introduction, I thought, “Yes. Exactly!” She writes, “Each photo offers forensic evidence of patriarchy on parade, along with all the other … Continue reading The Only Woman

From the Archive: Unlearning Linguistic Trauma

From left to right, Walt Wolfram, the executive producer of Talking Black in America, then-Assistant Professor Tosha Sampson-Choma, graduate student Chelsea Osademe (MA ’19), and KU Ph.D. student Charlesia McKinney (BA ’13) discuss the film after a showing at Kansas State University on February 26, 2018  Since our blog debuted in 2017, we have published … Continue reading From the Archive: Unlearning Linguistic Trauma

Literature of Place, Virtual Space: The Terrain.org Reading Series Returns

You might be surprised that something published solely in the virtual world, with editors and board members residing all across the U.S. and beyond (including Ireland, Greece, and Canada) is the world’s first place-based online journal, but yep, that is Terrain.org, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The journal’s mission is to explore … Continue reading Literature of Place, Virtual Space: The Terrain.org Reading Series Returns

Found Object: Three Generations of the MLA Handbook

Location: A collection of used books donated by retired faculty members during the past calendar year. Object: The MLA Handbook across three editions Observations: 1) During the past year, several retired faculty members in English have decided to down-size their libraries. When we recently unpacked the boxes of donated books in preparation for sharing them … Continue reading Found Object: Three Generations of the MLA Handbook

Meet the New Grad Students

Kansas State's new English MA students come from all over the world and the United States. We can't wait to start having conversations with them about everything from raising pigs to navigating the Visa process to critiquing the facial hair of the New York Yankees. Name: Ademola AdefolamiHometown: Lagos, NigeriaAlma mater: Lagos State UniversityArea of … Continue reading Meet the New Grad Students

Fall Preview

From "Kansas Fall Color Parade" (Collected by Dr. Megan Kennelly, 2014) The Fall 2022 semester is underway -- and we're cautiously optimistic, as we welcome more students and faculty back to campus during this current phase of the pandemic. This fall, our events will be fully online or hyflex (in-person with a concurrent streaming option), … Continue reading Fall Preview

Who is Johnny Kaw? Settler Colonialism and Public Memory at Work in Manhattan, KS

Bailey Britton (BA '22) in front of the Johnny Kaw statue in Manhattan, KS If you’ve ever walked around City Park or taken a drive down Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas, you’ve probably seen the statue of Johnny Kaw. The 24-foot-tall statue of a white man with bright yellow hair and holding a scythe is … Continue reading Who is Johnny Kaw? Settler Colonialism and Public Memory at Work in Manhattan, KS

Alumni Spotlight: Alana McGough

Alana McGough (MA '06) Long before I entered the English M.A. program at K-State, I carried around many thoughts about meaning and purpose. Having grown up in a small town with a large farming family and a deeply rooted church, I couldn’t imagine going through life thinking that most things didn’t matter. I was also … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Alana McGough