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

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

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 faculty … 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

April 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As we conclude the spring semester and remote teaching in response to the spread of Covid-19, we offer a look at recent faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Want to catch up on past successes or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of monthly newsletters Reading Matters as well … Continue reading April 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

2019-2020 Annual Awards

This evening -- Friday, May 1, 2020 -- should have found us at the Alumni Center for dinner, conversation, and celebration. We always look forward to recognizing our award winners at our Annual Awards Banquet. However, due to this year's outbreak of Covid-19 and the university's restrictions on events, we are not able to hold … Continue reading 2019-2020 Annual Awards

Grad Student Spotlight: Rachael Cox

  While many of our graduate students serve as Graduate Teaching Assistants and complete the M.A. degree full-time, others continue to pursue their current jobs while also taking graduate courses. Rachael Cox (M.A. '21) is one of several high school teachers who pursue the M.A. in English in order to enrich their personal and professional … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Rachael Cox