September 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Image for Ania Payne's "Unsocialized" at Complete Sentence Literature. (Art by Jeff Kallet.)     Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As COVID-19 continues, we continue to direct energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting others during the pandemic. We're also … Continue reading September 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Grad Student Spotlight: Molly James

Molly James (B.A. '20, M.A. '22) My love for the fantastic drove me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English, but I've always struggled to find myself in the urban fantastic. These stories take place in large cities or in locales that I never had the opportunity to visit growing up; in response, many of … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Molly James

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2021

Banned Books Week 2020 (Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association) When thinking of acts of rebellion, reading usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. It can be hard to think of people like my brother who can hardly wait to give people books or those who restock community Little Libraries as literary … Continue reading Celebrate Banned Books Week 2021

The Body as Metaphor

This semester I am teaching the ENGL 825 graduate seminar class as "Narrative Medicine," which is an interdisciplinary field that unites the narrative skill of close reading/listening and creativity to address the need for a deeper communication in healthcare. To kick things off, we started with hefty texts like Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor and … Continue reading The Body as Metaphor

Summer 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Lisa Tatonetti's Written by the Body: Gender Expansiveness and Indigenous Non-Cis Masculinities (U of Minnesota P, 2021).  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 activity that our faculty … Continue reading Summer 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Grad Student Spotlight: Edgar Mihelic

J. Edgar Mihelic (MA '21) When I first entered the English Department as a Master’s student back in the fall of 2005, I had an idea that I was going to be an English professor. There were two things I didn’t know at the time. The first was everything involved in every step of the … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Edgar Mihelic

Meet the New Grad Students

Our new graduate students come to Kansas State University from California and Wisconsin and Florida and all parts of Kansas. They've been spending their pandemic free time learning to crochet and cooking and wandering the great outdoors and Snopesing out faulty family stories. They love their pets. We already love their pets, too! As is … Continue reading Meet the New Grad Students

Found Object: Letter to the M.A. Class of 2022

Location: The bulletin board in ECS 007, one of the large GTA office spaces. Object: Handwritten letter to the rising second-year grad students -- the M.A. class of 2022 -- from Katherine Dubke (MA '21). Observations: 1) Since March 2020 and the unusual and challenging months of remote teaching and learning, a few GTAs continued, … Continue reading Found Object: Letter to the M.A. Class of 2022

ChLA Conference 2021

14 of the 17 faculty, graduate students, and alumni who presented at the 2021 Children's Literature Association (ChLA) Conference, 9-13 June 2021. The Children's Literature Association (ChLA) Conference looked a bit different for 2021, as Covid-19 continued to exercise its influence over professional events -- and so did our annual group photo of faculty, students, … Continue reading ChLA Conference 2021

Congratulations to the M.A. Class of 2021

Today is the graduate commencement ceremony for our 2021 M.A. grads. Since the coronavirus pandemic continues to limit in-person meetings, we offer this brief video celebration: Thanks to our graduate program assistant, Katherine Dubke, for her help editing the above video. Best wishes to the M.A. class of 2021! We look forward to meeting in … Continue reading Congratulations to the M.A. Class of 2021