Paperback Pandemonium 2022; or, The English Major’s March Madness

You thought March Madness was just for basketball? Well, think again! There is nothing better than discussing your favorite book with friends! However, these conversations can lead down a competitive path. What better way to defend your favorite book than to vote in a book tournament? This March, the Alpha Theta Eta chapter of Sigma … Continue reading Paperback Pandemonium 2022; or, The English Major’s March Madness

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Alexander Hurla

Alexander Hurla (BA '22) Back in 2014 when I graduated from high school (which is somehow getting further and further away!), I joined the Marine Corps, in part to give myself four extra years to determine what I wanted to do with my life. Well, nearly eight years later I found myself entering my senior … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Alexander Hurla

#Shakespeare After Shakespeare

On Friday, February 18th, the Literature Track hosted a pre-show event in conjunction with the Manhattan Arts Center’s production of The Book of Will. First staged in 2018 and written by Laurie Gunderson, The Book of Will shows how friendship, not scholarship, motivated Shakespeare’s actor-friends to gather all his plays into a single collection seven … Continue reading #Shakespeare After Shakespeare

Found Object: 2nd Annual Rock and Roll Reading Poster, 2015

Location: English Department Twitter feed, 6 April 2015. Object: Poster for the 2nd Annual Rock & Roll Reading at #AWP15. Observations: 1) Since 2014, the English Department -- at the suggestion of Professor Dan Hoyt -- has been hosting an off-site reading in conjunction with the annual AWP Conference. 2) In the months leading up … Continue reading Found Object: 2nd Annual Rock and Roll Reading Poster, 2015

Alumni Spotlight: Jill Clingan

Jill Clingan (MA '03) “Stories matter. Teaching Language Arts is important because we make sense of our world through story—both by reading the stories of others and narrating our own.” I said these words to a group of enthusiastic teachers in Brazil in 2018 where I was helping lead an educational conference with my Mizzou … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jill Clingan

Winter 2021-2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Karma Animalia (Social Justice Anthologies, 2022) by Ania Payne   Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As we begin a third year living with COVID-19, we continue to direct energies towards teaching our courses and to supporting others during the … Continue reading Winter 2021-2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Move over Afropolitans, We are Going Old School

(Photo by Hongqi Zhang) If you post a question like “Who is African?” on Twitter, your timeline will immediately become bombarded both with hot takes about what constitutes the African identity on one hand and a big earful of insults from individuals who don’t think that the question should exist at all. Yet, no matter … Continue reading Move over Afropolitans, We are Going Old School

Found Object: Expository Writing Materials, c. 1999

Location: English Department Alumni Facebook Group, posted by Aimee Teslaw (MA '00). Object: Textbook supplements for university required writing courses ENGL 100 and ENGL 200, c. 1999. Observations: 1) Aimee: "Went through some drawers. Found some relics of the late ‘90s."  2) We love seeing traces of earlier K-State English experiences! 3) These spiral-bound supplements … Continue reading Found Object: Expository Writing Materials, c. 1999

Bless Your Heart, Regionalism and Southern Literature Just Ain’t the Same Thing

Kudzu Vines (photo) Southern Literature: the hallowed playground of venerated authors such William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O’Connor. Their novels and short stories have created such a comprehensive and detailed landscape that when we revisit texts such as The Sound and the Fury or Wise Blood, our minds cannot help but conjure images of … Continue reading Bless Your Heart, Regionalism and Southern Literature Just Ain’t the Same Thing