Recent Faculty publications

book coverLauren Lacey's essay "Heterotopian Possibilities in Science Fictions by Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett, Samuel Delany and Ursula K. Le Guin" has been published in Environments in Science Fiction: Essays on Alternative Spaces, McFarland & Company, available May 15, 2014.

book coverWinifred Morgan's book The Trickster Figure in American Literature was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2013.

book coverLauren 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.

book coverAshley 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.

Be Involved . . .

Student Publications

On the Edge, Student Newspaper Contact Linda Friend
Edgewood Review, Literary Magazine Contact David Young

Student Organization

The English Association Contact Lauren Lacey

consider an

English major

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.


Summer & Fall 2014
Featured Courses


    ENG 377 | Fall 2014 MW 12:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. | Library L1

    Instructor: Ashley Byock

  • Magazine Writing

    ENG 301 X | Fall 2014 TR noon–1:50 p.m. | Library L4

    Instructor: Jack Vitek

    This is an advanced journalism course, open to all majors, where students will learn to formulate, pitch, strategize and accomplish longer journalism articles suitable for publication in magazines. Magazine freelancing can be a step toward finding staff employment in journalism and many other fields. Publishing in your field, whatever it is, can enhance your reputation, as well as showcase your writing skills and knowledge. Nonfiction writers often obtain book contracts by way of well placed magazine articles. Whatever your field, there is likely a magazine, usually more than one, and often many more pertaining to your interests.

  • Monsters in the Literary Imagination

    ENG 301 X | SUMMER 2014 TR 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

    Instructor: Ashley Byock

  • Tales of Human Nature

    ENG 111D | Fall 2014 TR TR 2:00p.m.–3:50 p.m. | PRD 306

    Instructor: Nete Schmidt

    In this COR 1 English Course we will explore representations of human nature in Literature, Philosophy, and Life.

    We will read, discuss, do projects—work, write, and discuss some more!

    Authors include:

    • Hans Christian Andersen
    • Soeren Kierkegaard
    • Brothers Grimm
    • Neil Gaiman
    • Isak Dinesen
    • Nick Schweitzer
    • George Bernhard Shaw
    • Doris Lessing
    • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Photojournalism

    ENG 317 B 001 | Fall 2014 MW 12:00–1:50 p.m. | 4 credits

    Instructor: Linda Friend

    Students will learn editorial photography techniques and discuss ethical decision-making as it relates to photojournalism. Create your own photographs using digital cameras and Photoshop CS5 processing software. Work with the student reporters and get published in the school newspaper.

  • Video Production

    ENG 316 B 001 | Fall 2014 F 12:00–3:50 p.m.

    Instructor: Linda Friend

    Learn how to shoot and edit your own video projects. Create journalism reports, music videos, comedies, dramas—anything you can think of. Learn about ethnographic field production techniques and how to conduct a great interview.

  • Video Production

    ENG 316 2B 001 | Fall 2014 W 4:00–6:50 p.m.

    Instructor: Linda Friend

    Partner with a Boys & Girls Club member to make videos! COR 2 students will be paired with students from the Club to make videos exploring Edgewood College and issues they choose to cover in their neighborhoods.

  • Women Writers: Liminal* Lives

    ENG/WGS 215 CQX | Fall 2014 2:00–3:50 p.m.

    Instructor: Susan Rustick

    *Liminal: in transition, becoming, on the threshold

  • Topics in Literature:
    Multi-Ethnic American Graphic Novels

    ENG 250 D CDX/ETHS 250 CDX | Fall 2014

    Instructor: Binbin Fu

    This course is designed to introduce to students contemporary multi-ethnic American literature through the graphic novel as an increasingly significant literary genre for academic inquiry. We will read a number of significant graphic novels by Native American, African American, Latino/a American, Jewish American, Asian American and white American graphic novelists and will explore such major issues as identity, culture, history, memory, community, race, gender, sexuality, class and their intersectionalities. Students will gain knowledge of diverse multi-ethnic experiences and various literary expressions through the genre of the graphic novel and will develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills to interpret literary texts.


    • Skinwalker, Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir
    • Bayou, Jeremy Love
    • Blood of Palomor, Gilbert Hernandez
    • Mail Order Bride, Mark Kalesniko
    • The Big Kahn, Neil Kleid and Nicolas Cinquegrani
    • Read more

    A course in Film Criticism

    ENG 278 A | Fall 2014 T 6–9:30 p.m.

    Instructor: Susan Rustick

  • Film Genre: Screwball Comedy

    ENG 391A u-tag | Fall 2014 TR 2–3:50 p.m. | Der 313

    Instructor: Jack Vitek

    Screwball Comedy is a uniquely American film genre that was born in the 1930s and 1940s and continues to this day. Its formula begins with an oil-and-water conflict between the leading man and lady. The genre invented and solidified new rules for courtship and marriage reflecting cultural and demographic changes where companionship and pleasure rule and opposites fiercely attract—and stray across class lines. So, according to this romantic template, find somebody attractive you don’t like, quarrel with him or her, fall in love, and get married.

    Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934), starring Clark Gable as an unemployed reporter and Claudette Colbert as a runaway heiress, is the classic that nailed and named the genre. The classic period ended around 1942, but if you look carefully it continues to this day with interesting variations and updates. It drifts into other genres and is even exported abroad. The musical Swing Time (1936) sparkles with breathtaking dancing routines, including “I’ll Never Dance Again,” where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers reach their transcendent peak, while Gun Crazy (1950) takes the genre deep into Noir. Besides being uniquely American, Screwball Comedy is uniquely film, there seems to be no real parallel to it in the novel. Read more

  • Asian American Writers

    ENG 325A CDQ | Fall 2014 TR 10:00– 11:50 a.m. | 4 credits

    Instructor: Huining Ouyang

    This course offers a study of selected works of various genres (e.g., fiction, drama, memoir, and film) by Asian American women and men of diverse ethnicities. Emphasizing the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and informed by critical studies of race and ethnicity, feminist criticism, and cultural studies, we will explore the following main questions: What are the major themes and issues in Asian American literature and literary studies? What textual strategies do Asian American writers employ to represent Asian American self-identities and cultural politics? Read more

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Student/Alumni Honors

2014 Writing Contest Winners

First Prize in Poetry

Michelle Vidovic
"Print Out More than One Copy of Your Life"

Second Prize in Poetry

Rebecca Young
"My Barcode"

Third Prize in Poetry

Andrew Schneider
"Forest Fires on Orchard Road"

Third Prize in Poetry

Angela Thomas
"My Constant Wonder Is No Longer My Fear"

First Prize in Fiction

Zach Barthel
"Little, Hopeless Ventures"

Second Prize in Fiction

Josh Barnard
"The Surrogate"

First Prize Essay

Evan Verser
"A Wound of Doubt"

Second Prize Essay

Andrew Shuck
"Patient File"

Third Prize Essay

Deanna Vedvik
"What Feeds Our Food?"

Note: The first-prize and second-prize fiction entries appear in the new volume of Edgewood Review, now distributed around campus.

Who's Who Among Students
in American Universities and Colleges

Three majors were honored with recognition in "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges":

  • Zach Barthel
  • Kelsey Gratz
  • Emily Pokorny

Dominican Scholar Award

Emily Pokorny has been selected for Edgewood's Dominican Scholar Award.

Conference Presentations

Luke Pralle, a recent graduate with a major in English, and Evan Verser, a current English major, will present papers at the Science Fiction Research Association conference in Madison on May 22–25.

Panel Title:  Margaret Atwood’s Feminist Speculations

  • Paper 1: Lauren J Lacey, Ph.D., “Positron: Margaret Atwood’s Latest Speculations on Biopower”
  • Paper 2: Luke Pralle, “Hall of Mirrors: Identity and Symbolism in The Handmaid’s Tale”
  • Paper 3: Evan Verser, "Deciphering Myth in Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy"

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 ( or Lauren Lacey (

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