The scholarship and other creative work and teaching of English faculty cover a broad range that includes literature, language, creative writing, literacy and rhetorical studies, linguistics and cultural inquiry, as well as the theories and documents that inform and critique these disciplines. Based on the study and practice of writing and speech, the explorations of histories and cultures, and the examination of languages, literatures, and aesthetics, our scope is international and our approach is interdisciplinary.
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In the last three years, Associate Professor Dan Philippon has researched and taught in Germany, Italy, and France, buoyed by a Fulbright and a fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich. The travel has widened his thinking about food writing and the sustainable food movement, subject of his current research. "Although my specialty will always be American environmental literature, I can't think in isolation anymore," reports Professor Philippon, who serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies. "Now, when I think of American writers, it is always in a global context. And when I think of global processes, like climate change, I think of their effects on particular places and particular people--like the Italian rice grower I met, whose paddies depend on meltwater from the Alps." How does that book-in-progress involve Alice Waters, Wendell Berry . . . and a certain Italian rice grower? Read on.02/04/15
Jessica McKenna, course coordinator for the Department of English, has been honored with an Outstanding Service Award from the College of Liberal Arts. These awards celebrate the extraordinary contributions of staff in CLA. Director of Undergraduate Studies Dan Philippon presented McKenna with the honor at a ceremony in McNamara Alumni Center January 21. Congratulations!01/29/15
Professor Paula Rabinowitz's 2014 book American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street (Princeton) is reviewed this week in the January 5 New Yorker print magazine and online. Professor Rabinowitz has also been interviewed frequently about the book, the latest with an Irish radio station (she's on from 35:17 to 48:05).01/05/15