Category: English Language & Lit

CAS online courses continue to increase

CAS online courses continue to increase

The College of Arts and Sciences has more than doubled its summer online course offerings since 2010, at which time 24 online courses were offered.
By this summer, 51 classes will be offered. Larry LaFond, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the college has been “at the forefront” of recent increases in […]

January's novel for Year of the Book: A Visit from the Goon Squad

January’s novel for Year of the Book: A Visit from the Goon Squad

Written by Jennifer Egan in 2010, “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” is a collection of short interconnected stories centered around a group of aging rock music executives that stylistically bridges the gap between a collection of shorts and a conventional novel. The work focuses on themes such as the prices of success, the unpredictability […]

A group of SIUE students discuss their film "Bentley" with their class

SIUE Freshmen and the Apocalypse

Last Saturday a group of SIUE freshmen gathered to share their cautionary visions of the end of the world. The visions took the form of four short films created as the final project for the honors 120 English seminar course, “Modern Apocalyptic Visions.”
The course was created by Eric Ruckh after discussion with previous honors students […]

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

December’s novel for Year of the Book: Holidays on Ice

December’s novel for the department of English Language and Literature’s Year of the Book is Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.
Holidays on Ice is a collection of essays about Christmas. The collection includes “SantaLand Diaries,” in which Sedaris gives an account of his experiences working as an elf at Macy’s; “Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol,” […]

Nikki Giovanni talking to students at SIUE

Nikki Giovanni Visits SIUE

Last Monday world renown poet, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni visited SIUE. During her time on campus Giovanni met with students in a small group setting and gave a guest lecture on education, civil rights, and life in general to a packed Meridian Ballroom.
Currently a professor at Virginia Tech, Giovanni is an award winning author […]

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian book cover, courtesy of www.heardmuseumshop.com

November’s novel for Year of the Book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

November’s novel for the department of English Language and Literature’s Year of the Book is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
The Absolutely True Diary is a young adult novel about 14-year-old Arnold Spirit, Jr., who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. Arnold is a talented cartoonist, and because […]

postmedieval does it again: ALPSP's Best New Journal of 2012

postmedieval does it again: ALPSP’s Best New Journal of 2012

Fall 2012 cover, Volume 3, Issue 3
postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, a scholarly journal co-edited by English Associate Professor Dr. Eileen Joy, won the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers’ (ALPSP) Award for Best New Journal of 2012.
This is the journal’s second award in just two years. In 2011, the journal won […]

Skoblow, Ruckh hold annual Howl reading

Skoblow, Ruckh hold annual Howl reading

On Oct. 12, English Professor Jeffrey Skoblow and History Professor Dr. Eric Ruckh performed their annual public reading of the landmark contemporary poem “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg. The reading was performed on a grassy hill on the quad at SIUE’s campus to celebrate the 57 years since the poem was first read aloud publicly on […]

Stacy receives NEH grant for Whitman research

Stacy receives NEH grant for Whitman research

Dr. Jason Stacy
Associate Professor of U.S. History Dr. Jason Stacy will be part of a 3-year $330,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Stacy is receiving a $41,000 subcontract from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which received the grant, and he will be collaborating with Dr. Kenneth Price.
The grant starts in August 2013, […]

October's novel for Year of the Book: Satrapi's Persepolis

October’s novel for Year of the Book: Satrapi’s Persepolis

Image courtesy of www.onthewingsofbooks.comOctober’s novel for the department of English Language and Literature’s Year of the Book program is Persepolis: The Story of a Childhoodby Marjane Satrapi.
Persepolis is an autobiographical graphic novel that details Satrapi’s childhood and early adulthood in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. In the novel, main character “Marji” lives her […]

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