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
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
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
Jaime DeTour and her major professor, Associate Professor Carol Franko The success of The Hunger Games and the Divergent series has led to the publication of many other young adult dystopian novels. While fictional dystopian societies can inspire movements for political change, such as the use of the iconic red handmaid’s uniform from The Handmaid’s … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Jaime DeTour
On these shelves, you will find some of the books I teach in my courses on children's and adolescent literature, including Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret (which I am teaching in ENGL 698 "Film Adaptations of Children's Classics" this semester). You will also find recently published books for children and young adults that I … Continue reading Shelfie Thursday: Anne Phillips
Nineteen new graduate students joined the Kansas State English Department this fall. They came from California and Kansas and Illinois and Missouri. They came to read books and take names. (We promise they will never run out of books.) From left, Latrice Ferguson, Karla Larrañaga, Katie Hall, and Alyssa Cook. Name: Latrice Ferguson Hometown: Chicago … Continue reading Meet the New Grad Students
Originally posted February 16, 2017. A few shelves from Philip Nel’s office. Some picturebooks, some scholarship on children’s literature, and a few anthologies.
Originally published December 7, 2016. Kansas State University’s Department of English was delighted to welcome three new tenure-track faculty members this fall: Charlotte Hyde, Anuja Madan, and Tom Sarmiento. We caught up with all three of them recently to discover what makes them tick as readers, writers, and human beings… Charlotte Hyde Assistant Professor / … Continue reading Meet the new English Department faculty!
Originally published October 30, 2016. It’s that time of year again — the time when the dead raise the living, when unremembered trauma traps a ghost, when even the timid John Pig invites a witch and her friends in for a party, when children battle malevolent ghosts in a parallel London, and, of course, when … Continue reading 14 Halloween Children’s Books to Set Your Pumpkins on Edge