Fred Moten’s Anassignment Letters

When New York University Professor Fred Moten, a renowned literary theorist and poet, came to speak at Kansas State last month as part of the 27th Annual Cultural Studies Symposium, he stressed that he wasn't going to give a typical lecture. Instead, he called his talk “The Anassignment Letters,” which stems from his ongoing dialogue … Continue reading Fred Moten’s Anassignment Letters

Grad Student Spotlight: Jamie Teixeira

I’ve always been an avid reader of children’s books. I remember when most kids my age would get in trouble for running or playing catch in the house and other unruly activities, while I was grounded from reading because it was a distraction from my chores. For me, children’s literature is not something that people … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Jamie Teixeira

Office Space: Dan Hoyt

All right, y'all, we're taking our shelfie game up a notch. In this new, somewhat regular feature called Office Space (yes, that's reference to the cult movie famous for "pieces of flair"), we'll take you into the the native habitat of the English professor, the somewhat cluttered office, and give you a tour of objects … Continue reading Office Space: Dan Hoyt

Literature of Aging

“Let’s read that one first!” Frances suggested in response to my account of student squeamishness about a story by Ethan Canin, “We are Nighttime Travelers.” This story ends with a subtle depiction of an intimate moment between a long-married couple, a moment that has prompted an involuntary response from twenty year olds: “Oooh, gross!” Frances’s … Continue reading Literature of Aging

Love Letters to Mary Shelley

The Kansas State English Department celebrated Valentine's Day in the traditional way — you know, by talking about a creature with a stolen heart. In five short talks marking the bicentennial of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, K-State graduate students and faculty members expressed their love for this groundbreaking work, examined the book's ongoing cultural resonance, and … Continue reading Love Letters to Mary Shelley

Grad Student Spotlight: Brittany Roberts

As anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m obsessed with fairy tales—particularly with animal/monster groom tales. Using a paper I wrote for the lovely Anne Philips during my undergrad as the background for my graduate project, I have taken my love of fairy tales to a new level. My project focuses on two 21st-century … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Brittany Roberts

Grad Student Spotlight: Mandy Moore

  As a person, I spend most of my time watching way too much television and reading way too much fanfiction. As a scholar…I do pretty much the exact same thing. Most of my research centers around how young people (and particularly young people with marginalized identities) are represented in YA literature and on television, … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Mandy Moore

Forget the Super Bowl: Here are Some Super Writers

Another Super Bowl has come and gone, and we're pretty sure the "Dirty Dancing" ad won? We're just kidding, Eagles fans! We know all about the actual game. Despite those "sportsball" jokes you see spinning around some English departments, the words of literature and the world of sports come together more often than you think. In fact, … Continue reading Forget the Super Bowl: Here are Some Super Writers

A Strong Foundation

Jennifer Brown (B.A. ‘93, M.A. ‘95), Jera McGraw (B.A. ‘98), Carly Stithem (B.A. ‘14, M.A. ‘16), and Brooke Williams (M.A. ‘11) share their career paths at the 2017 Alumni Connections Career Panel. When completing our 2017 Alumni Survey, graduates could signal interest in assisting us with a career panel or online visit for graduate and … Continue reading A Strong Foundation