Fight Stupidity; Keep Reading: A Dispatch from the Internationale Jugendbibliothek

Since the first of September I have been at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (IJB) in Munich, Germany. Why? As part of a larger cross-cultural study of diversity in children’s literature, I’m exploring how multiculturalism functions in Germany, via German picture books — chosen in part because they pose the smallest barrier to my limited (but improving!) … Continue reading Fight Stupidity; Keep Reading: A Dispatch from the Internationale Jugendbibliothek

Alumni Spotlight: Miranda Asebedo

  "I grew up in rural Kansas, and as a teen reader, I was always disappointed that books were rarely set in a place that was recognizable to me": This week, we feature an online interview with Miranda Asebedo (BA '07, MA '09), who has just published her first novel, The Deepest Roots, with HarperTeen. … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Miranda Asebedo

How I Spent My Summer: Part 2

Editors' note: We asked some English Department faculty members to share one, or some, of their summer adventures — academic or otherwise. Here's Part 2 (of 2), answering the age-old essay prompt: "How did you spend your summer vacation?" At the end of June, a record number of K-State English faculty, current graduate students, and … Continue reading How I Spent My Summer: Part 2

Meet the New Grad Students

They've made it (almost) though their first week of grad school at Kansas State, so please meet and welcome and maybe even buy a drink for our new group of English graduate students --   Name: Katie Cline Hometown: Jacksonville, Alabama Alma mater: Jacksonville State University Area of study: Children’s Literature Please tell us something … Continue reading Meet the New Grad Students

Teaching Literature Online

"One thing I learned from teaching on-line this past spring: Build the entire course before the term begins": This week, we feature a blog post from faculty member Phil Nel who takes his readers behind the scenes as he creates an online version of ENGL 545 "Literature for Adolescents" for Fall 2018. The English Department at … Continue reading Teaching Literature Online

2017-2018 Annual Awards Banquet

Last Saturday, May 5, we celebrated student and faculty success at our 2017-2018 Annual Awards Banquet. We'll have photos soon from Autumn Shoemaker (BS '10, Journalism Mass Comm), but for now, here are our award recipients.  (Information about the student awards below is available from our department's web site.) Brink Memorial Essay Award: Jackson Wright … Continue reading 2017-2018 Annual Awards Banquet

Three Questions with K-State English: Alcott’s Little Women

In the first of our "Three Questions with K-State English" video series, Professors Greg Eiselein and Anne Phillips discuss the legacy of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, which celebrates its sesquicentennial this year and has influenced everyone from Patti Smith to Lena Dunham, the creator of HBO's Girls. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjrz3GMUc3o