On Keats and Beats: The Kansas State English Department Literary Playlist

As a holiday gift for you, we asked members of the Kansas State English Department to name their favorite "literary" song, and, well, at least a couple of them couldn't pick just one, so maybe you've been extra good this year? Here are the results—the department's literary playlist, via Spotify, that ranges from Coltrane to … Continue reading On Keats and Beats: The Kansas State English Department Literary Playlist

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Trevin Garcia

Trevin Garcia presenting his work at the McNair Heartland Conference, September 2017.   Latinx English in the Heartland: An Analysis of /l/ Variation in Liberal, Kansas. I'm a senior in English Literature and a post-research scholar of the McNair Scholars program. This summer, I conducted research with Dr. Mary Kohn on linguistic changes in Liberal, … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Trevin Garcia

In Support of Academic Freedom at the University of Nebraska Lincoln

Below is an open letter of support from 31 faculty members in the Department of English at Kansas State University. For more information about the events prompting this letter, see the reporting provided by Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education.   December 1, 2017 To the Members of the Nebraska Board of … Continue reading In Support of Academic Freedom at the University of Nebraska Lincoln

Weapon of Choice

“Words are weapons, sharper than knives.” – INXS Recently, there has been much in the news about Russian interference during the last presidential election.  Of particular interest to both the intelligence community and Congress is the way in which Russia purchased advertising and conducted hundreds of millions of interactions with Americans on social media platforms.  … Continue reading Weapon of Choice

Happy Birthday, Dear Frankenstein

On March 11, 1818, Mary Shelley published Frankenstein, and the English Department's Graduate Track in British and American Literature decided to dedicate the 2017-18 academic year to celebrating this singular accomplishment. Often credited with inventing the genre of science fiction, Shelley’s novel is both of its time and timeless, a representative example of romantic literature … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Dear Frankenstein

Shelfie Thursday: Abby Knoblauch

When students come to my office, they often scan my bookshelves while I read through their drafts. I wonder what impression they’re forming from the titles they read? What words repeat? Gender. Feminist. Rhetoric. Language. Teaching. Composition. Body and Bodies. Students in my “Advanced Expository Writing for Prospective Teachers” classes would recognize the books on … Continue reading Shelfie Thursday: Abby Knoblauch

Five Books to Help You Give Thanks

Here at the Kansas State English Department — Fine Purveyor of Literary Listicles for All of Your Holiday Needs — we're thankful for the holiday break next week, for our families, for our students, for our colleagues, for our friends, for those who fight for the rights of others, and for books — don't forget … Continue reading Five Books to Help You Give Thanks

Grad Student Spotlight: Jaime DeTour

Jaime DeTour and her major professor, Associate Professor Carol Franko The success of The Hunger Games and the Divergent series has led to the publication of many other young adult dystopian novels. While fictional dystopian societies can inspire movements for political change, such as the use of the iconic red handmaid’s uniform from The Handmaid’s … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Jaime DeTour