We are located in Guilford House, a pleasant yellow brick building initially constructed in 1892 as a women’s dormitory. Ensconced in the square mile of cultural treasures and pursuits known as University Circle, the department offers classes and hosts events that reexamine tradition and reaffirm exploration and scrutiny.
Our students examine the interactions between writing and its contexts through coursework, collaborative enterprise, pedagogical training, creative works, and independent research.
Since 2005, members of the department have published eighteen books—fiction, analysis, criticism, and poetry— on diverse subjects: the language of depression, intellectual property rights, the history of print culture, the origins of the horror film genre.
Schedule of Events
Friday, December 6th
Celebration of Student Writing
The Celebration of Student Writing is a university-wide showcase of student writing projects. It encourages students to re-present and display their research and writing in formats other than word-processed letters and lines on the printed page. The Celebration is held in conjunction with the Intersections: SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium & Poster Session; it is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Writing and SAGES.
Adelbert Gym. 12:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Friday, December 6th
"'Rituals of the Ordinary': Marilynne Robinson's Aesthetics of Belief and Finitude," a lecture by Ray Horton. Marilynne Robinson, author of Housekeeping, Gilead, and Home, has garnished considerable attention for her sustained attention to religious themes. Yet despite their frequent allusions to the metaphysics of a traditional Protestant Christianity, Robinson's novels reorient the category of religious conviction, imagining belief as a phenomenological background that activates concentrated aesthetic attention to quotidian moments of contingency and materiality. Consequently, Robinson's work intervenes in the prevailing critical discourse surrounding religion and literature, offering an alternative to methodologies that prioritize the ontology of belief over the aesthetic modes of perception that belief initiates.This lecture is the 2013 winner of the Neil Macintyre Prize for best paper by a graduate student in English. Clark 206. 4:00 to 6:00.
Saturday, May 31st
"Breaking Genre: In the Context of Others," a writers conference. Keynote: Thrity Umrigar. Presenters: Mary Biddinger, Joyce Dyer, Michael Grant Jaffe, Phil Metres, Lynn Powell, Jim Sheeler, S. Andrew Swann, Samuel Thomas, Cinda Chima Williams. One Day Conference. On the campus of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. For more information: email@example.com.
Friday, July 11th through Sunday, July 13th
"Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy," an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the English Department. Keynote speakers will include: Prof. David Frankfurter (Religious Studies, Boston University),Prof. Ronald Holmes (Justice Administration, University of Louisville) , and Prof. William Paul (Film Studies, Washington University in St. Louis).
Emily Dickinson and Philosophy by Jed Deppman, Marianne Noble, and Gary Stonum. Cambridge University Press.
Partenia, a Pastoral Play, by Barbara
Torelli Benedetti. A Bilingual Edition.
Edited and Translated by Lisa Sampson & Barbara Burgess-Van Aken. Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and ITER.
Loom by Sarah Gridley. Omnidawn Publishing.
Writing Against Time by Michael Clune. Stanford UP.