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

Judith and the Vikings

Artemisia Gentileschi, "Judith Slaying Holofernes" (1620). Uffizi Gallery. In ENGL 801 "Introduction to Graduate Studies," a required course for incoming M.A. students, we have always asked our graduate students to develop an original contribution to a current scholarly conversation about a literary or cultural text. This fall, we added a final writing assignment: we asked … Continue reading Judith and the Vikings

Found Object: SAGE Colloquium, Fall 2010 and Fall 2020

Location: File folder of past department event flyers, ECS 108.Object: Flyer for the SAGE Colloquium, Fall 2010.Observations: 1) For the past 20+ years, the final event in our department's Fall Colloquium series offers the stage to our M.A. students for a panel session organized by SAGE. 2) SAGE -- the short-hand name for our graduate … Continue reading Found Object: SAGE Colloquium, Fall 2010 and Fall 2020

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Kinsley Searles

Kinsley Searles (BA '23) Ask anyone who has studied English to tell you their worst nightmare, and it will probably go along the lines of this: “what are you going to do with an English degree?” This question has plagued me, and many others, throughout my time in college. With the responses we get, you … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Kinsley Searles

October 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for The Political Fiction of Ward Just (2020) by Dave Smit, Professor Emeritus     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 during the pandemic. … Continue reading October 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Halloween Horror: The Tell-Tale Heart

Image Credit: Goodreads ENGL 251 "Introduction to Literature" students usually are not English majors; they have backgrounds in everything from architecture to physics, psychology to dietetics. Adaptation assignments, which create new art from course texts, allow students to hone reading skills via talents developed in other contexts. Taylor's project below supports her literary analysis of … Continue reading Halloween Horror: The Tell-Tale Heart

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Makaela Stevens

Makaela Stevens (BA '22) If you’d asked me back in 2015 where I’d be in five years, I might have told you that I’d be attending Kansas State University, and I would’ve been correct. I might have told you that I’d be an English major, and I would’ve been right again. But if you’d asked … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Makaela Stevens

Grad Student Spotlight: Monica Kopenhaver

Many critics believe that the intellectual pursuits of William Faulkner and Ralph Waldo Emerson remain distinct. Emerson optimistically embraces the present, while the past imprisons many of Faulkner’s characters and even Faulkner himself. Quentin Compson, a profoundly troubled young man in the Sound and the Fury, relives his past until it kills him. But in wanders Lena … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Monica Kopenhaver

September 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for the special issue of The Chaucer Review (vol. 55, no. 4, 2020) co-edited by Wendy Matlock.     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 significant energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting … Continue reading September 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Sigma Tau Delta Celebrates Banned Books Week 2020

Banned Books Week 2020 (Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association) Harry Potter. To Kill a Mockingbird. The Hate U Give. The list goes on and on. Believe it or not, these are all banned books! This year Banned Books Week runs September 27-October 3. The week in honor of censored books began in 1982 … Continue reading Sigma Tau Delta Celebrates Banned Books Week 2020