The Prince of Egypt: The Exodus Story in (Re-)Translation

From The Prince of Egypt Today we share the final entry selected for publication from an assignment in ENGL 801 “Introduction to Graduate Studies”: a piece of public scholarship (700-1,000 words) which tailors an academic paper and its scholarly intervention of 10-12 pages for a general-interest audience. Read more about the assignment and the first … Continue reading The Prince of Egypt: The Exodus Story in (Re-)Translation

Uncle Iroh’s Got Abs?

Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender Today we share the second of three pieces of public writing selected for publication from an assignment in ENGL 801 “Introduction to Graduate Studies”: a piece of public scholarship (700-1,000 words) which tailors an academic paper and its scholarly intervention of 10-12 pages for a general-interest audience. Read … Continue reading Uncle Iroh’s Got Abs?

Judith and the Vikings

Artemisia Gentileschi, "Judith Slaying Holofernes" (1620). Uffizi Gallery. In ENGL 801 "Introduction to Graduate Studies," a required course for incoming M.A. students, we have always asked our graduate students to develop an original contribution to a current scholarly conversation about a literary or cultural text. This fall, we added a final writing assignment: we asked … Continue reading Judith and the Vikings

Grad Student Spotlight: Alyssa Freeman-Moser

Alyssa Freeman-Moser (MA '21) Back in 2011, I was an undergraduate studying (you guessed it!) English at a small liberal arts school in West Georgia called LaGrange College. A professor, popular among students, came into our History of the English Language course chuckling to himself. We asked him what was so funny, and he explained … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Alyssa Freeman-Moser

Found Object: SAGE Colloquium, Fall 2010 and Fall 2020

Location: File folder of past department event flyers, ECS 108.Object: Flyer for the SAGE Colloquium, Fall 2010.Observations: 1) For the past 20+ years, the final event in our department's Fall Colloquium series offers the stage to our M.A. students for a panel session organized by SAGE. 2) SAGE -- the short-hand name for our graduate … Continue reading Found Object: SAGE Colloquium, Fall 2010 and Fall 2020

October 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for The Political Fiction of Ward Just (2020) by Dave Smit, Professor Emeritus   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 substantial energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting others during the pandemic. Nonetheless, … Continue reading October 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Grad Student Spotlight: Caitlin Hymans

Caitlin Hymans (MA '21) We all know the tale of the evil queen or wicked stepmother displacing a heroine’s true or deceased mother, which leads the heroine to challenge the surrogate mother-figure. This tension has always been present in fairy tales, yet scholars have only begun investigating the implications of these relationships, which appear frequently … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Caitlin Hymans

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

September 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for the special issue of The Chaucer Review (vol. 55, no. 4, 2020) co-edited by Wendy Matlock.   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 significant energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting others … Continue reading September 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity