The Body as Metaphor

This semester I am teaching the ENGL 825 graduate seminar class as "Narrative Medicine," which is an interdisciplinary field that unites the narrative skill of close reading/listening and creativity to address the need for a deeper communication in healthcare. To kick things off, we started with hefty texts like Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor and … Continue reading The Body as Metaphor

Summer 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Lisa Tatonetti's Written by the Body: Gender Expansiveness and Indigenous Non-Cis Masculinities (U of Minnesota P, 2021).  Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. The issue for September showcases a greater range of research, scholarship, and creative activity that our faculty … Continue reading Summer 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Alumni Spotlight: Steven Miller

Steven Miller (MA '15) "Late Have I Taught You" Whenever I told people I wanted to study English, they would invariably reply, “So you want to be a teacher.” I would laugh—ha!—and tell them I’d never be a teacher. I wanted to be a great novelist. Apparently, they knew more than I did. After a … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Steven Miller

Meet the New Grad Students

Our new graduate students come to Kansas State University from California and Wisconsin and Florida and all parts of Kansas. They've been spending their pandemic free time learning to crochet and cooking and wandering the great outdoors and Snopesing out faulty family stories. They love their pets. We already love their pets, too! As is … Continue reading Meet the New Grad Students

Fall Preview

From "Kansas Fall Color Parade" (Photo: Dr. Megan Kennelly, 2014) The Fall 2021 semester is underway, partly online but mostly in person -- a big change from this time last year, thanks to plentiful vaccines, K-State's temporary mask requirement, and everyone's efforts to keep each other safe. This fall, our events will be mostly online, … Continue reading Fall Preview

Found Object: 2021 M.A. Writing Projects

Location: Social media.Object: Project Titles,  graduating M.A. students.Observations: 1) Each spring, for many years, we have displayed the Writing Project and Thesis titles of our graduating M.A. students at our annual spring Awards Banquet.  2) This year, like last year,  K-State's limited operations in response to COVID prompted us to develop an alternative: with the … Continue reading Found Object: 2021 M.A. Writing Projects

April 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion (Minnesota Historical Society, 2021), where Thomas X. Sarmiento's work appears.   Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As the second spring semester during COVID-19 comes to a close, we celebrate recent faculty … Continue reading April 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

2020-2021 Annual Awards

Irises in bloom in Manhattan, KS ~ early evening, 1 May 2021 This first weekend in May would usually find 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, like last year, the continuing presence of Covid-19 and the … Continue reading 2020-2021 Annual Awards

Found Object: Annual Awards Banquet, 2012

Location: Department digital files.Object: Photo of Dan Hornsby (BA '12), Katy Karlin, and Emi Griess (MA '12) at the English Department's Annual Awards Banquet (4 May 2012)Observations: 1) Usually, as April ends and May begins, we're getting ready to welcome students, families, faculty, and donors to our Awards Banquet. For a second year, though, COVID-19 … Continue reading Found Object: Annual Awards Banquet, 2012

Grad Student Spotlight: Katherine Dubke

Katherine Dubke (MA '21) “What’s in Kansas?” My friends weren’t the only ones asking this question. As I flew from Orange County into Kansas City for the K-State English Department’s Graduate Student Visiting Day, I was apprehensive. But why? Of all the English departments I had contacted, the professors and current K-State grad students were genuinely … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Katherine Dubke