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

Grad Student Spotlight: Edgar Mihelic

J. Edgar Mihelic (MA '21) When I first entered the English Department as a Master’s student back in the fall of 2005, I had an idea that I was going to be an English professor. There were two things I didn’t know at the time. The first was everything involved in every step of the … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Edgar Mihelic

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Kinsley Searles

Kinsley Searles (BA '22) This post is the second in a two-part series featuring undergraduate researchers mentored by faculty members Lisa Tatonetti and Mary Kohn, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Award program. Part 1, featuring the work of Haley Reiners (BA '22), appeared earlier this week. Below is Part … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Kinsley Searles

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Haley Reiners

Haley Reiners (BA '22) This post is the first in a two-part series featuring undergraduate researchers mentored by faculty members Lisa Tatonetti and Mary Kohn, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Award program. Part 1 below shares the work of Haley Reiners (BA '22). Stay tuned for Part 2 by … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Haley Reiners

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

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Bailey Britton

Bailey Britton (BA '22) Many Kansans don’t know the history of the “Big Red Rock” monument in Lawrence, Kansas, which currently sits in Robinson Park. The first thing people should know is that the boulder’s actual name is In ́zhúje ́waxóbe, which means “sacred rock” in the language of the Kaw Nation. The second thing … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Bailey Britton

Found Object: Letter to the M.A. Class of 2022

Location: The bulletin board in ECS 007, one of the large GTA office spaces. Object: Handwritten letter to the rising second-year grad students -- the M.A. class of 2022 -- from Katherine Dubke (MA '21). Observations: 1) Since March 2020 and the unusual and challenging months of remote teaching and learning, a few GTAs continued, … Continue reading Found Object: Letter to the M.A. Class of 2022