Recent Faculty publications
Winifred Morgan's book The Trickster Figure in American Literature was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2013.
Lauren Lacey's book The Past That Might Have Been, the Future
That May Come:
Women Writing Fantastic
Fiction, 1960s to the Present will be available from McFarland & Company, Inc. in spring/summer 2014.
Ashley Byock's article "Domesticating Death in the Sentimental Republic: Commemorating and Mourning in US Civil War Nurses’ Memoirs" was published in Women and the Material Culture of Death, Ashgate Press, November 2013.
Barrett Swanson's short story "Annie Radcliffe, You are Loved" will be appearing in the fall issue of American Short Fiction. His story "About Face" was published in the summer issue of Salt Hill.
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On the Edge, Student Newspaper Contact Jack Vitek
Edgewood Review, Literary Magazine Contact David Young
The English Association Contact Lauren Lacey
Do you love to read novels and poetry, but think you ought to do something more practical in college? Do you find satisfaction in creative writing, but know that you don't want to be a "starving artist"? You can still major or minor in English.
Those who have majored or minored in humanities studies such as English are increasingly valued in a wide variety of careers. The professional and business worlds have found that humanities majors are often better at solving problems and adapting to new directions than are their more narrowly educated, technically trained co-workers.
The writing and communication skills that are developed and enhanced by an English major or minor are valuable assets. Today, professionals in all fields need to know how to think critically and to speak and write clearly and effectively.
Spring 2014 Featured courses
Women & Mystery: Classic & Contemporary Fiction
ENG 215 CQX | MW 10:00-11:50 a.m. | Pred 122
Instructor: Rachel Poulsen
An introduction to the work of women writers from a variety of literary genres and periods. The course will also teach fundamentals of literary interpretation. In this class, we will be reading conventional autobiographies, memoirs, autobiographical fiction, journals and a graphic novel. Cross-listed WS 215. Prerequisites: ENG 110.
ENG 250F CX | MW 12-1:50 p.m. | Library BDRM
Instructor: Lauren Lacey
This course is an exploration of the genre of science fiction. Themes such as artificial intelligence, evolutionary change, confrontations with the Other, and ecological responsibility will emerge in our investigation. Science fiction is about more than galaxies that are far, far away; it is also about some of the most important issues of our time: technology, gender, globalization, sexuality, multiculturalism, and how to live in peace. Students will write extensively about course materials both inside and outside of class, present on an example of science fiction that is not on the syllabus, complete two take-home essay exams, and develop a project paper. Prerequisites: ENG 110 or W cornerstone.
Hemingway’s Lost Generation
ENG 250K (C,X,Honors) | MW 2-3:50 p.m. | Pred 122
Instructor: Jack Vitek
The Lost Generation was arguably the most influential group of modernist American writers in the early 20th Century.
In addition to works by Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, readings will also include Henry Miller’s formerly banned novel, The Tropic of Cancer, and Anais Nin’s stylish literary journal of the period, when she was intimate with Otto Rank, one of the founders of psychoanalysis, as well as with Miller himself.
Students will pick one individual reading reflecting their personal interests within the large varied assortment of major and minor expatriate authors of the period.
This class is open to any student who has completed or absolved our ENG 110 College Writing.
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Life and Death in Slavery
ENG 443B/ETHS 443B C D X | T/Th 12-1:50 p.m. | Regina R1
Instructor: Ashley Byock
This course will look at 4 major slaves and their slave narratives:
- Olaudah Equiano wrote about being taken from Africa and the transatlantic slave trade
- Nat Turner lead a slave revolt in Virginia in 1831 that terrified slave owners from Virginia to South America
- Frederick Douglass describes the brutality of plantation slavery, his escape, and the movement to abolish slavery in the U.S.
- Harriet Jacobs recounts the particular problems of being a woman in slavery and her famously harrowing escape
We will look at historical documents to give context in each case:
- Historical photographs
- Other narratives
- Advertisements for escaped slaves
- Manumission papers (freeing slaves)
- And many other documents and images
Students will have the opportunity to choose a narrative to focus on and research for a creative final project.
Advanced Writing Workshop
ENG 476 | T 5:30-9:00 p.m. | Library L4
Instructor: Adam Fell
In ENG 476, we will converse critically about each other’s poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Most of our learning will be accomplished via these workshops, but we will also discuss a variety of literary arts produced by established artists. Novels, short fiction, poetry, movies, television shows, music, stand-up comedy, and/or hybrid texts are all possibilities.
Prerequisites: ENG 205 and either ENG 305, 306, or consent of instructor.
Contemporary Global Feminisms
ENG 480A GQU | M 5:30-9:00 p.m. | Library L4
Instructor: Lauren Lacey
This course is an exploration of the methods, concepts, and experiences of feminism as it is practiced all over the world in different ways. The historical development and cultural mappings of feminism since the second wave will be our main concern, but we will maintain specificity by focusing on particular locations, and on locational concerns. Three large units will make up the course: feminism and race at the end of the second wave and into the present; postcolonial critiques of feminism and issues of religion, rights, and class in various locations throughout the world; and transnational approaches to feminist identity, politics and possibilities. Throughout our explorations of contemporary feminisms, we will interrogate how our own lives and choices affect the lives of women around the world, in part by investigating the origins of products we purchase regularly. Feminist theorists from a variety of disciplines will provide groundwork for our explorations, which will be filled out through case studies, historical texts and literary narratives.
Cross-listed with ETHS 481 GQU and WS 480 GQU. Prerequisites: ENG 110 and ENG 280.
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Join the English Association
The English Association is an organization directed by Edgewood students under faculty guidance whose stated goal is to support the arts of writing, reading, critical thinking, and teaching, both on campus and beyond. Formed in the autumn of 2012, the English Association organizes events for English majors and minors to socialize, get information on career and post-grad opportunities, and foster a sense of community between the student body, the English Department faculty, as well as the greater Edgewood community.
If you are interested in becoming a part of one of youngest and most exciting on-campus groups, contact Zach Barthel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lauren Lacey (LLacey@edgewood.edu).
2013 Edgewood Review
The 2013 issue of Edgewood Review is now available online from Edgewood College Library Digital Collections.