Winter 2022-2023 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Opening paragraph for "Constricted" (Bending Genres, 2022) by Ania Payne Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. We're happy to recognize the recent successes in research, scholarship, and creative activity outlined below.  Want to catch up on past successes or to find future … Continue reading Winter 2022-2023 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Watching and Believing: The #MeToo Movement and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window in Chloe Okuno’s Watcher

Julia (Maika Monroe) follows her neighbor (Burn Gorman) who she suspects to be the Watcher (IFC Midnight, 2022) Today we share the fifth of six pieces of public writing selected for publication from an assignment in ENGL 801 “Graduate Studies in English” -- and the second selection from Section A of ENGL 801, taught in … Continue reading Watching and Believing: The #MeToo Movement and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window in Chloe Okuno’s Watcher

Alumni Spotlight: Dustin Vann

Dustin Vann (BA '16, MA '20) I approached my latest job search with more calm and practicality than even I thought I could muster. Unlike previous searches, where the stakes were higher to find a job due to the end of a lease or a global pandemic, this time around, I wanted to have more … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Dustin Vann

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Liberty Belote

Liberty Belote (right, BA '23, English, Political Science, and Spanish) with debate partner Kate Thomas (left, BA '24, Political Science, Community Planning, and History), in Madrid, Spain Congratulations to Liberty Belote (BA '23) on recent international travel for K-State Debate! Liberty and British Parliamentary Debate partner Kate Thomas traveled to Madrid, Spain, to take part … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Liberty Belote

Undergraduate Research in English Literature: Vital Practice

Students in ENGL 310 "Introduction to Literary Studies" share their research at the public symposium, “Who Painted the Lion? Talking Back in/as Literature,” held at the Manhattan Public Library on 2 December 2022. Every semester the English Department offers multiple sections of English 310, “Introduction to Literary Studies,” a course that welcomes English majors and … Continue reading Undergraduate Research in English Literature: Vital Practice

“Ad Astra” by Traci Brimhall

Traci Brimhall reads her poem "Ad Astra" on the south steps of the Statehouse in Topeka during the inauguration of Governor Laura Kelly (9 January 2022) In her new role as the Poet Laureate of Kansas (2023-2026), Traci Brimhall attended the inauguration of Governor Laura Kelly on January 9, 2023, and read a poem written … Continue reading “Ad Astra” by Traci Brimhall

Spring Preview

Spring Lilacs in Manhattan, KS (2022) Welcome to the spring semester! We hope that you are keeping well and safe as 2023 gets underway. Here are some of the events -- some online only, some HyFlex, some only in person -- that we're looking forward to in the months ahead. Please join us for community, … Continue reading Spring Preview

How to Build a Hopeful Future: Reject Citizenship

A scene from the epilogue of Mockingjay, Part 2 Today we share the fourth of six pieces of public writing selected for publication from an assignment in ENGL 801 “Graduate Studies in English” -- and the first selection from Section A of ENGL 801, taught this fall by Cameron Leader-Picone: a piece of public scholarship … Continue reading How to Build a Hopeful Future: Reject Citizenship

Secular Nightmares: Mental Health and the Absence of God in Parker Finn’s Smile

Promotional image for Parker Finn's 2022 film Smile Today we share the third of six pieces of public writing selected for publication from an assignment in ENGL 801 “Graduate Studies in English”: a piece of public scholarship (700-1,000 words) which tailors an academic paper and its scholarly intervention of 10-12 pages for a general-interest audience. … Continue reading Secular Nightmares: Mental Health and the Absence of God in Parker Finn’s Smile