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English Statement About Theta Tau Video

April 19, 2018

19 April 2018

The Department of English faculty and graduate students strongly denounce the discriminatory and insulting Theta Tau fraternity videos. Reminded again of how much needs to be done, we pledge to keep working hard to create an environment in which all students are welcomed and nurtured. We are committed to working to create a University and Departmental culture that is anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-sexist, and anti-ableist. We will be contacting students soon to invite your input on the role of the Department of English in changing Syracuse University’s campus climate.

In solidarity,

Chris Barnes
Frankie Barnet
Crystal Bartolovich
Dorri Beam
Ian Brine
Michael Burkard
Dympna Callaghan
Maxwell Cassity
Molly Cavanaugh
Alexandra Chang
Vicky Cheng
Ariel Chu
Steven Cohan
Sean M. Conrey
Lauren Cooper
Rhyse Curtis
Deyasini Dasgupta
Jonathan Dee
Steven Doles
Susan Edmunds
Sarah Edwards
Christopher Eng
Carol Fadda
Sarah Fielding
Arthur Flowers
Christopher Forster
Jules Gibbs
Elizabeth Gleesing
Michael Goode
Erin Gravley
Roger Hallas
Christopher Hanson
Sarah Harwell
Brooks Haxton
Libby Hayhurst
Noelle Hedgcock
Víctor Hernández
Evan Hixon
Mary Karr
Christopher Kennedy
Haejoo Kim
Coran Klaver
Erin Mackie
Jakob Maier
Wil Marple
Patricia Moody
Mark Muster
Bridget O'Bernstein
Alexandra O’Connell
Jacob Oet
Ashley O’Mara
Eve Payne
Dan Peck
David Peterka
Patricia Roylance
Alexander Sammartino
John Sanders
George Saunders
Will Scheibel
Kevin Searle
Anastasia Selby
Stephanie Shirilan
Ruma Sinha
Tyler Smart
Bruce Smith
Rachel Snyder-Lockman
Anthony Veasna So
Dana Spiotta
Keith Stahl
Simon Staples-Vangel
Scott Manning Stevens
Harvey Teres
Silvio Torres-Saillant
Annie Trizna
T.J. West III
Meina Yates-Richard
Allyson Young

PhD Candidate wins Mary Hatch Marshall Award

T.J. West III

T.J. West III

March 28, 2018
Congratulations to our PhD candidate T.J. West III who has won the Mary Hatch Marshall Award for the best essay written by a graduate student in the Humanities: “The Spirit is Willing, but the Flesh is Weak: Embodied Transcendence and Sacred Spectatorship in The Robe (1953).”

MA Student Wins Essay Prize

March 8, 2018
Our MA student Mark Muster took home the best essay prize at Stony Brook University’s 30th Annual English Graduate Conference on “Literature as Activism.” Mark’s paper is titled “Harnessing Ambiguity: Queering Frames against Co-optation in Search of a Queer Resistance.” Congratulations to Mark!

PhD Student to Appear on Jeopardy!

Ashley O'Mara with Alex Trebek

Ashley O'Mara with Alex Trebek

March 5, 2018

Our PhD student Ashley O'Mara will be appearing on Jeopardy! on this Monday, March 12. Check your local time and station information. She was recently interviewed for SU News about the experience, and gave a shout-out to our department:

"For me, the real advantage came from being a teacher. All the teaching experience I get in the English program more than prepared me to get on the show. Between engaging an audience at least twice a week and working a brand-new classroom at the start of every semester, I’ve practiced a high-energy personality that plays well on TV and I no longer have stage fright. The 'Jeopardy!' team specifically searches for candidates that make for entertaining television, and teaching definitely gave me a leg up there. Plus, I had all the well-wishes of my wonderful students cheering me on."

There will also be a public watch party for those in Syracuse at Sitrus at the Sheraton on Monday, March 12, 6:30-8:30pm. Congratulations to Ashley!

English PhD and MA students present at The Literature/Film Association Conference

John Sanders and Noelle Hedgcock

John Sanders and Noelle Hedgcock

October 31, 2017
English MA student Noelle Hedgcock and English PhD student John Sanders presented at the annual Literature/Film Association Conference held October 26–29 in Missoula, MT. The conference theme was "Politics, Ethics, and Adaptation." Hedgcock presented a paper titled "Born to be Victorian: Marketing Joan Fontaine in Jane Eyre (1944)," for which she received the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. Sanders presented a paper, "An Epic Condensed: Warcraft and Issues of Video Game Adaptation."

George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize

George Saunders

George Saunders

October 18, 2017

Congratulations to George Saunders, who has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, in a ceremony broadcast by the BBC.

Read more and watch a clip from the video in the official announcement.

George Saunders Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

George Saunders

George Saunders

September 15, 2017

George Saunders has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He is just one of six authors shortlisted for the prize. Winners will be announced on October 17 at a ceremony which will be broadcast by the BBC.

Read the full list of nominees and information about the judging process in the official announcement.

George Saunders Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

George Saunders

George Saunders

September 15, 2017

George Saunders has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He is just one of six authors shortlisted for the prize. Winners will be announced on October 17 at a ceremony which will be broadcast by the BBC.

Read the full list of nominees and information about the judging process in the official announcement.

Alumnus Longlisted for National Book Award

Chen Chen (photo: Jess Chen)

Chen Chen (photo: Jess Chen)

September 13, 2017

Chen Chen (G'15), a graduate of our MFA in Creative Writing program, has been longlisted for the prestigious National Book Awards for his debut collection of poetry, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities.

The list of ten nominees includes just three debut collections. Finalists will be announced on October 4th, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 15th. Read about the awards and this year's judges in the official announcement.

Members of top-ranked M.F.A. program rack up honors, awards, new publications

George Saunders

George Saunders

September 6, 2017

Our MFA in Creative Writing program was profiled by the College of Arts and Sciences for embarking on a new chapter of literary success.

Members of the top-ranked program are celebrating a raft of honors, awards and new publications.  

Honorees include the following:

• George Saunders G’88, professor of English, being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

• Mary Karr, the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature, releasing a book of poetry titled “Tropic of Squalor” (HarperCollins, 2018).

• Dana Spiotta, associate professor of English, being shortlisted for the St. Francis College (SFC) Literary Prize, along with Deb Olin Unferth G’98.

• Jonathan Dee, assistant professor of English, publishing “The Locals” (Random House, 2017) to critical acclaim and commercial success.

• Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah G’16, Chanelle Benz G’12, Daniel Magariel G’13 and Joe Mungo Reed G’15 making their authorial debuts.

• Wendy Chen G’17 participating in the 2017-18 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series in Portland, Oregon. 

• Students Herve Yves Comeau and Rohan Chhetri receiving Syracuse’s Robert B. Menschel Public Service Fellowship Award and Per Diem Press’ inaugural poetry prize, respectively.

“We’re a close-knit community of writers, dedicated to addressing the challenges of the literary process and focusing on the craft and quality of fine writing,” says Christopher Kennedy G’88, associate professor of English and director of the M.F.A. program. “One of our prime strengths is the excellence of our students, many of whom are published by major presses and magazines and win prestigious awards. Their success speaks to the thorough, consistent attention they receive from their peers and from our world-class faculty.”

Read the full list of sucesses and interviews with Saunders, Karr, Spiotta, and more.

Introduction to Latino Literature

ETS 184-3 with Silvio Torres-Saillant

ETS 184-3 with Silvio Torres-Saillant

August 28, 2017

What are the roots and fruits of Latino literature? This course highlights the literary creativity of a population whose presence on this land precedes the arrival of the English in Jamestown by nearly a century.

ETS 184-3: Introduction to Latino Literature
Fall 2017
Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant
MW 5:15-6:25pm

Read more about the course on our Course Descriptions page.

New ETS Courses

ETS 305-3 and ETS 441-1

ETS 305-3 and ETS 441-1

August 11, 2017

Two new ETS courses are open for enrollment this fall:

ETS 305-3: Performance Studies
Dr. Chris Eng
MW 5:15-6:25pm

How does performance make bodies matter? 

This course grapples with the politics of performance, seeking the limits and opportunities for the movement of bodies to create broader social movements.

ETS 441-1: Milton and the English Revolution
Dr. Crystal Bartolovich
TuTh 12:30-1:50pm

What does freedom — of religion, of speech, of the individual — mean? 

John Milton was a propagandist for — and critic of — the English revolutionary government. Through his writings, we will examine the relation of poetry to politics in the context of political, religious, and social ferment in seventeenth-century England. ETS pre-1900 course

Read more about the courses on our Course Descriptions page.

George Saunders longlisted for Man Booker Prize

George Saunders

George Saunders

August 11, 2017

George Saunders, Professor in our MFA in Creative Writing Program, has been longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. The Man Booker Prize describes itself as "the leading prize for literary fiction written in English. The list of former winners features many of the literary giants of the last four decades: from Iris Murdoch to Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan to Hilary Mantel." Saunders' is one of only three debut novels on the longlist of thirteen novels. The 2017 shortlist will be announced on September 13, and the winner will be announced on October 17.

 

New Directors of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies

Harvey Teres and Silvio Torres-Saillant

Harvey Teres and Silvio Torres-Saillant

August 7, 2017

Announcing our new Directors of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies! This summer, Harvey Teres has assumed the position of Director of Graduate Studies, and Silvio Torres-Saillant has taken on the position of Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please welcome them to their new positions, and join us in thanking Dorri Beam and Carol Fadda-Conrey on their successful completion of their respective tenures as DGS and UGS.

(Harvey Teres' photo credit: Aaron Michael Goldsmith; Silvio Torres Saillant photo credit: Bob Gates)

Meet our July Alumni of the Month! Angela Ko

Angela Ko (2014)

Angela Ko (2014)

July 3, 2017

Meet our July Alumni of the Month! Angela Ko graduated in 2014 with an MA in English and is currently a communications manager at Citigroup in New York City. She also mentors high school students in the Bronx and volunteers with New York Cares. We asked her how her experience at Syracuse University helped in her success:

"Breaking into a field I had no education or experience in was at first a daunting task, but my MA in English helped me move quickly into a new career. I got my first marketing job at FUSIA because of my strong writing background. The company needed a versatile writer for various needs, including press releases, ad copy, web content, and copyediting. After a year at the agency, I was hired as a consultant at Citigroup where I managed email campaigns. Eventually, I moved into my current role where I manage large-scale projects to revamp the company's library of communications. The job entails looking at communications with a critical eye and directing copy changes to agencies, and my writing-intensive studies and my experience teaching writing composition courses have prepared me for success in my professional life."

Read her full profile on our ENG Alumni page!

Meet June's Alumni of the Month: Miranda Larsen

Miranda Larson (2011)

Miranda Larson (2011)

June 1, 2017

Meet our June Alumni of the Month! Miranda Larsen graduated magnum cum laude in 2011 with distinction in English and Textual Studies, as well as a minor in Religion and Society. She is currently a PhD student in the Information, Technology, and Society in Asia Program at the University of Tokyo, where her research focuses on transcultural constructions and appeals of masculinity in East Asian popular music, particularly male Korean idol groups and their female fans in Tokyo. Additionally, she works as a Lecturer in English Communications at Bunkyo Gakuin University and as a Teaching Assistant at the Center for Development of Global Leadership Education at the University of Tokyo. We asked her how her experience at Syracuse University helped in her success:

"The engagement with text and theory I found in the ETS program are still the guiding principles of my academic attitude today. I actually matriculated at Syracuse with a different major, and took Reading Popular Culture in my very first semester with Professor Emeritus Steven Cohan to fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement. It was transformative; I found out I could engage with popular media texts as seriously as any canon. I changed my major to ETS as soon as humanly possible and never looked back. I remember writing a paper about Survivor in that class — a program I’m still a fan of today — and feeling absolutely amazed that I could do such a thing while also taking classes on Shakespeare and Arthurian Literature! My scholarly success in both film studies and my current program are directly tied to the ETS curriculum’s focus on intertextuality, historicity, cultural studies, gender/race/identity, and psychoanalytic theory. I feel absolutely comfortable taking a multimodal approach, which is a skill honed repeatedly in ETS courses."

Read her full profile on our ETS Alumni page!