Found Object: Humanities Course Materials, c.1964

Location: Discovered between books from Associate Professor Emeritus Michael Donnelly. Object: Course materials for the Humanities course sequence on "Classical Cultures" and "Medieval and Renaissance." Observations: 1. We usually think of a syllabus as the schedule of readings and assignments for a given course, but this thick spiral-bound "syllabus" is more of a course pack. … Continue reading Found Object: Humanities Course Materials, c.1964

In Support of Arts and Humanities

Below is an open letter of support from 33 faculty members in the Department of English at Kansas State University. For more information about the local budget situation described in this letter, visit university communications about the Budget Modernization Project, K-State 2025 and its refresh, and a recent announcement about next year's funding from the … Continue reading In Support of Arts and Humanities

Winter 2020-2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Keywords for Children's Literature (2021), Second Edition, by Philip Nel with co-editors Lissa Paul and Nina Christensen   Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As COVID-19 continues, we continue to direct substantial energies towards teaching and to supporting others during … Continue reading Winter 2020-2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Found Object: MLA Handbook

Location: Discovered between books from Associate Professor Emeritus Michael Donnelly. Object: A publicity announcement for the first MLA Handbook for Writers (8 August 1977). Observations: 1. This publicity piece, tucked into the back of the volume, is the sort of ephemeral object that is typically thrown out (or, today, recycled). I'm grateful for its chance … Continue reading Found Object: MLA Handbook

Spring Preview

Spring flowers (photo: K-State Global Campus) This week's snow and ice remind us that winter is still at hand, as we continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the start of the semester this week promises that spring is near! Here are some of the online events that we're looking forward to … Continue reading Spring Preview

Our Thanks to Robin Mosher

Robin Mosher (right) with Deborah Murray (left) at the department's Annual Awards Banquet ~ May 2011   Just as the Fall 2020 semester started, instructor Robin Mosher retired after almost 40 years teaching at Kansas State. We wanted to take a moment, as the fall semester and calendar year end, to recognize Robin's important contributions … Continue reading Our Thanks to Robin Mosher

2020 Holiday Card

Each year at our annual department Holiday Party, we ask those in attendance to help us select the images that should appear on our end-of-year card for our donors and friends. This year, our Holiday Party moved online (for a faculty/graduate student performance of scenes from Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and then some … Continue reading 2020 Holiday Card

Congratulations to the B.A. Class of 2020 (Fall Edition)

One of our English Department traditions is to share a graduation card with each graduating senior, signed by all of the faculty in the department. Since we couldn't offer that tribute during this socially-distanced fall semester, we identified a faculty member to create a short video for each graduating senior to convey our collective congratulations … Continue reading Congratulations to the B.A. Class of 2020 (Fall Edition)

November 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for African American Language: Language Development from Infancy to Adulthood (2020) by Mary Kohn et. al.     Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As COVID-19 continues, we continue to direct substantial energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting others … Continue reading November 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

The Prince of Egypt: The Exodus Story in (Re-)Translation

From The Prince of Egypt Today we share the final entry selected for publication from an assignment in ENGL 801 “Introduction to Graduate Studies”: 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. Read more about the assignment and the first … Continue reading The Prince of Egypt: The Exodus Story in (Re-)Translation