To Avoid Covid 19, Here’s What You Can Do; or, Seuss versus Coronavirus, a New Kind of Flu

Monday was the 116th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.  That morning, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) emailed to ask if I would be willing to talk about Seuss live that afternoon on their Here and Now program. I said I would be glad to, and we had a pre-interview telephone chat. About 40 … Continue reading To Avoid Covid 19, Here’s What You Can Do; or, Seuss versus Coronavirus, a New Kind of Flu

Paperback Pandemonium 2020; or, The English Major’s March Madness

  Who is a better moral guide: Caroline Ingalls or Marmee March? Who is a better scientist: Victor Frankenstein or Lemuel Gulliver? You decide! This March, the Alpha Theta Eta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta is hosting a four-conference paperback book "tournament." Our conference categories are American, British, Global, and Young Adult/Children's literature. We hope … Continue reading Paperback Pandemonium 2020; or, The English Major’s March Madness

Grad Student Spotlight: Molly L. Burt

The conversation surrounding diversity in children’s and adolescent literature has been growing for decades -- despite little change in the publishing industry -- with readers, writers, and educators clamoring for more stories from, about, and for underrepresented groups, such as the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and people of color. This movement also opens the … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Molly L. Burt

Winter 2019-2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As promised in the posts from last September, October, November, and December, here's our next installment of faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Looking to catch up on past success or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of Reading Matters, our monthly newsletter. Have news to report? Email us … Continue reading Winter 2019-2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Alumni Spotlight: Macy Davis

"Now that I live in Boston for grad school and Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of Little Women was just nominated for Best Picture, it seemed an ideal time to return to Concord and Little Women": This week, as the awards season bestows accolades and throws shade at the most recent adaptation of Alcott's Little Women, … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Macy Davis

Spring Preview

  Recent ice and snow remind us that winter is still at hand, but the start of the semester promises that spring is near! Here are some of the events that we're looking forward to in the coming months: ~ Assistant Professor Shirley Tung launches our Spring Colloquia Series on Wednesday, February 12 with her … Continue reading Spring Preview

The Art and Craft of Literary Analysis

Among the outstanding students in Elementary Education who have pursued our relatively new minor in Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Culture, Katie Buhler (BS '20, Education) is especially impressive. In Professor Naomi Wood’s ENGL 384 “Multicultural Children’s Literature,” Professor Wendy Matlock’s ENGL 445 “Romance and Fairy Tales,” and my ENGL 355 “Literature for Children” and … Continue reading The Art and Craft of Literary Analysis

November 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As promised in the posts from September, October, and last month, here's our next installment of faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Looking to catch up on past success or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of Reading Matters, our monthly newsletter. Have news to report? Email us at … Continue reading November 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

October 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As promised in the posts from September and last month, here's our next installment of faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Looking to catch up on past success or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of Reading Matters, our monthly newsletter. Have news to report? Email us at english@ksu.edu. … Continue reading October 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Grad Student Spotlight: Katie Cline

My Master’s Project explores the complex relationships and tensions between cats, women, gender, knowledge, sexuality, and independence in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series in the context of other 20th century fantasy novels. So, why cats? Cats have been connected to women—and, especially, to witches—in literature for centuries, and my project interprets cats in Harry Potter … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Katie Cline