Death and the Afterlife in Ecclesiastes and Hamlet

Ahmed Adly, “Human Skull in Black -- Proud of Death” (2019) Today we share the second of four pieces of public writing 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 … Continue reading Death and the Afterlife in Ecclesiastes and Hamlet

Our Thanks to Christina Hauck

Christina Hauck in her graduation video for Haley Kuenzi (BA '20) in December 2020 Last Friday, as part of our annual holiday party, we celebrated the contributions of Christina Hauck who is retiring this December after 27 years of service to Kansas State. Our celebration was on Zoom, given the rise of recent COVID variants, … Continue reading Our Thanks to Christina Hauck

Over the Garden Wall is Trying to Scare Your Kids, and That’s Not a Bad Thing

A tree from Over the Garden Wall (Episode 1 “The Old Grist Mill”) 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. Starting last year, we added … Continue reading Over the Garden Wall is Trying to Scare Your Kids, and That’s Not a Bad Thing

Why We Oppose Book Bans

Cover for The Hate U Give (2017) by Angie Thomas It began with a complaint about The Hate U Give. K-Staters will remember The Hate U Give. It was the Kansas State First Book choice for our common read in 2018. The 2017 young adult novel was on the New York Times bestseller list for … Continue reading Why We Oppose Book Bans

October 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Dust Off the Medal: Rediscovering Children's Literature at the Newbery Centennial (Routledge, 2021), where Anne Phillips' and Greg Eiselein's work appears.     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 energies towards teaching fall … Continue reading October 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Frankenstein Lightning Lecture Series

On October 29, 2021, the Literature Track hosted a pre-show event in conjunction with the K-State School of Music, Theatre, and Dance to introduce their performance of Austin Tichenor’s play adaptation of Frankenstein. The Frankenstein Lightning Lecture Series featured four, ten-minute TED Talk-style presentations on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel by English Department faculty and graduate … Continue reading Frankenstein Lightning Lecture Series

September 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Image for Ania Payne's "Unsocialized" at Complete Sentence Literature. (Art by Jeff Kallet.)     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 energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting others during the pandemic. We're also … Continue reading September 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2021

Banned Books Week 2020 (Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association) When thinking of acts of rebellion, reading usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. It can be hard to think of people like my brother who can hardly wait to give people books or those who restock community Little Libraries as literary … Continue reading Celebrate Banned Books Week 2021

Remembering Cheryl Collins

Cheryl Collins presents at "150 Years of Tall Tales, Heroes, and Outright Lies," a panel sponsored by the Department of English (25 Sept 2011) We were so sorry to hear last week of the passing of Cheryl Collins. Cheryl served as Director of the Riley County Historical Museum for more than 30 years, and, since … Continue reading Remembering Cheryl Collins

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