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

2018 Lavender Graduation

I shared the following remarks on the occasion of the Ninth Annual Lavender Graduation at K-State on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Given the current political climate in Kansas toward queer folks, as evidenced by the passage of SB 284 by the Kansas legislature, the sentiments here are particularly pressing.   I want to begin by … Continue reading 2018 Lavender Graduation

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    

Review of Love, Simon

Greg Berlanti’s Love, Simon, the first major studio film about a gay kid coming out, has been called “something of a landmark in LGBTQ cinema”  and “a radically inclusive act.” It has been lauded for giving new life to the teen romance genre and for making gay romance mainstream. As critics on the Rotten Tomatoes … Continue reading Review of Love, Simon

Office Space: Michele Janette

Office Space is a recurring feature that gives us an inside look into faculty workspaces. Professor Michele Janette is up this week.   1. About a decade ago, I went to the Cornell School for Theory, which Greg Eiselein dubbed “theory camp.” When I told my then-advisee (and now alumna and dear friend) Mickayla Fink … Continue reading Office Space: Michele Janette

Complicated Conversations

On Wednesday, March 14, more than 50 people gathered in Union 227 to share perspectives on recent news stories concerning the author Sherman Alexie, such as the one published with NPR on social media, such as the one by Deborah Miranda. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students from across Kansas State University, as well as local … Continue reading Complicated Conversations

Fred Moten’s Anassignment Letters

When New York University Professor Fred Moten, a renowned literary theorist and poet, came to speak at Kansas State last month as part of the 27th Annual Cultural Studies Symposium, he stressed that he wasn't going to give a typical lecture. Instead, he called his talk “The Anassignment Letters,” which stems from his ongoing dialogue … Continue reading Fred Moten’s Anassignment Letters

A Review of Black Panther

Image: "Wakanda Forever" (Marvel Studios, Disney) I saw Ryan Coogler's Black Panther (2018) with a few friends on the night it was released. Going to the premiere of a film that has long been anticipated can be quite exciting, especially when the film is as good as Black Panther was. At the end of the film, … Continue reading A Review of Black Panther

Love Letters to Mary Shelley

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