November 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for African American Language: Language Development from Infancy to Adulthood (2020) by Mary Kohn et. al.     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 … Continue reading November 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

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?

2020 Mock Caldecott

Some of the 2020 picture books under consideration for this year's Mock Caldecott Everything is different for 2020, including our annual Mock Caldecott. Now in its 13th year, the Mock Caldecott is a joint endeavor between the English Department and the Children's and Adolescent Literature Community (ChALC), one of our department student organizations, with support … Continue reading 2020 Mock Caldecott

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. … 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

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 … Continue reading September 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Sigma Tau Delta Celebrates Banned Books Week 2020

Banned Books Week 2020 (Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association) Harry Potter. To Kill a Mockingbird. The Hate U Give. The list goes on and on. Believe it or not, these are all banned books! This year Banned Books Week runs September 27-October 3. The week in honor of censored books began in 1982 … Continue reading Sigma Tau Delta Celebrates Banned Books Week 2020

Summer 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Screenshot from Han Yu's “Response to ‘Make COVID-19 Visuals Gross’” for the Medical Humanities Blog (28 May 2020).    Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. The issue for September typically showcases a substantial amount of research, scholarship, and creative activity that our … Continue reading Summer 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

“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