Grad Student Spotlight: Monica Kopenhaver

Many critics believe that the intellectual pursuits of William Faulkner and Ralph Waldo Emerson remain distinct. Emerson optimistically embraces the present, while the past imprisons many of Faulkner’s characters and even Faulkner himself. Quentin Compson, a profoundly troubled young man in the Sound and the Fury, relives his past until it kills him. But in wanders Lena … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Monica Kopenhaver

Mask Up!

Monica Kopenhaver (MA '21) and Amy Levin Plattner (MA '21) with Biscuit COVID-19 has brought many changes to our everyday lives this year, including a new accessory. In support of K-State's new policy regarding face coverings and the City of Manhattan's mask requirement, here are some faculty and graduate students of the Kansas State English … Continue reading Mask Up!

#keatscore Mood Boards

The #keatscore mood board that Hannah Rollison (MA '22) created for ENGL 801 "Introduction to Graduate Studies" This fall semester, our M.A. students in ENGL 801 "Introduction to Graduate Studies" are reading and discussing John Keats's ode "To Autumn" as they enhance their skills at close reading. Also this fall semester, during COVID-19, we are … Continue reading #keatscore Mood Boards

Found Object: Graduate Newsletter

Location: File cabinet with Grad Program files, storage room, ECS Building.Object: File folder titled "Graduate Newsletter."Observations: It appears that, for a period of 10 years, the Graduate Program in English produced a Graduate Alumni Newsletter. Location: File cabinet with Grad Program files, storage room, ECS Building.Object: File folder titled "Graduate Newsletter."Observations: 1) The first issue … Continue reading Found Object: Graduate Newsletter

Meet the New Grad Students

You probably won't see the new English graduate students at Kansas State University without masks for a while, but you can see their full faces and learn about them here. Here's some foreshadowing: They love their pets! We're thrilled to welcome them to campus, and wish everyone a safe and enriching and healthy semester. Name: … Continue reading Meet the New Grad Students

“Ain’t Nobody’s Respect Worth More Than Your Own”: African American Children’s Literature, Self-Esteem, Education, and Hope

I asked the students in my Spring 2020 English 725 "African American Children’s Literature" course to produce a piece of public writing that answers the question of Why African American Children’s Literature Matters. Everyone from ill-informed pundits to well-meaning relatives question the value of courses in the humanities: "Why do universities offer such classes?"  Or, … Continue reading “Ain’t Nobody’s Respect Worth More Than Your Own”: African American Children’s Literature, Self-Esteem, Education, and Hope

Congratulations to the M.A. Class of 2020

Today would have been the graduate commencement ceremony for our 2020 M.A. grads. Since we can't congratulate them in person, we offer this brief video celebration: Thanks to our graduate program assistant, Jimmy Gilligan, for his help editing the above video, and for assembling the one below, featuring reflections from our new M.A. alums, as … Continue reading Congratulations to the M.A. Class of 2020

2019-2020 Annual Awards

This evening -- Friday, May 1, 2020 -- should have found us at the Alumni Center for dinner, conversation, and celebration. We always look forward to recognizing our award winners at our Annual Awards Banquet. However, due to this year's outbreak of Covid-19 and the university's restrictions on events, we are not able to hold … Continue reading 2019-2020 Annual Awards