Undergrad Student Spotlight: Lillian Brownlee

“Remembering is not a passionate or dispassionate retelling of a reality that is no more, but a new birth of the past, when time goes in reverse. Above all it is creativity.” ~ Svetlana Alexievich, The Unwomanly Face of War (xvii) I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and paused at a National Geographic photo … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Lillian Brownlee

Remembering Truman Capote at Kansas State

On November 19, 1959, Truman Capote and Harper Lee visited Kansas State, initiating a connection between Capote and the university we can trace through the archives. As a 2011 news release about K-State Libraries's Special Collections explains, "Capote visited K-State several times while writing for the New Yorker magazine on the Clutter family murders in … Continue reading Remembering Truman Capote at Kansas State

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: Rebecca Nelson

If you’ve ever considered submitting a query letter to a literary agent, you might know they typically include a few paragraphs about your manuscript, where it fits in the market, and your qualifications or publication history. If you’ve never been an intern at a literary agency, you might not know that sometimes, in lieu of … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Rebecca Nelson

September 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As promised in the post from 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. — Karin Westman, Department Head Publications Jacque Boucher, “in praise.” Glass: … Continue reading September 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Summer 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. The September issue always provides an impressive range of research, scholarship, and creative activity that our faculty and students have shared beyond Kansas State, given that it covers the summer months of May, June, July, and … Continue reading Summer 2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Meet the New Grad Students

Rachel Wrobel (left), Taylee Helms (middle), and Stacy Vars (right). Name: Rachel Wrobel Hometown: Overland Park Alma mater: Kansas State University Area of study: Composition and Rhetoric If you could transform briefly into a literary character (other than a member of the Harry Potter universe), who would you want to become? I would turn into Lady Macbeth … Continue reading Meet the New Grad Students

SUROP 2019: Following the Trail of the Exodusters

  For the past eight weeks, we have enjoyed the company and research talents of Kaiya Thompson (BA ’21, English, Spelman College). As we shared in an earlier post, Kaiya joined us as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) sponsored by the Graduate School at Kansas State. This morning, Kaiya presented highlights … Continue reading SUROP 2019: Following the Trail of the Exodusters

Summer Reading — Had Me a Blast

We asked various members and friends of the K-State English Department a couple of key summer questions. For example, can we start wearing our all-white Tom Wolfe-inspired suit again? Nobody, sadly wanted to weigh in on that, but everyone had big, splashy ideas for these two questions: What makes a great summer read? What summer read … Continue reading Summer Reading — Had Me a Blast