Department News & Events
Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire will act as Interim-Director of First-Year Writing for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Professor John Fried has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Greg Barnhisel has been awarded a one-year NEH Fellowship for 2013.
The department welcomes the following new full-time faculty members: Dr. Anthony Adams, Dr. Faith Barrett, Professor Michael Begnal, Dr. Kristin Klucevsek and Dr. Matthew Ussia.
Dr. Linda Kinnahan and Dr. Tom Kinnahan will be teaching at Duquesne's Rome Campus for the Fall 2013 semester.
Dr. Emad Mirmotahari will be on sabbatical for the Fall 2013 semester.
Graduate Student News
Emily Rutter and Mary Parish received McAnulty College and Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships for 2013-2014.
Meet some of our Current Ph.D. Students!
Recent Faculty and Student Publications
Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire
Satan's Poetry: Fallenness and Poetic Tradition in Paradise Lost. Duquesne University Press, 2012.
Dr. Jessica McCort
"‘A Red-Blooded American Girl': Gender, American Culture, and Sylvia Plath." Critical Insights: Sylvia Plath. Salem Press, 2013.
Dr. Judy Suh
"Jean Rhys' Voyage in the Dark: Immigration, Race, and Empire." Communal Modernisms. Ed. Emily Hinnov. Palgrave Macmillan (2013)
Coffee House Readings
The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University's English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne's campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL READINGS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ, POWER CENTER, at 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 3
Jenny Johnson (poetry)
Sarah Gerkensmeyer (fiction)
Tuesday, November 12
Samantha Leon (poetry)
Sherrie Flick (fiction)
Monday, December 2
Lorena Williams (Creative Nonfiction)
Anne Brannen (Creative Nonfiction/poetry)
3:00 - 4:30 p.m., 644 College Hall
Friday, September 20
Jeff Stoyanoff, presenting (Mis)Reading in Malory's "The Noble Tale of the Sankgreal"
and Emily Rutter, presenting "the old new ooh ooh": Fred Moten, Amiri Baraka, and the Billie Holiday Tribute
Friday, October 11
Jessica McCort and Johanna Sullivan
Friday, November 15
Dr. Laura Engel will present "The Secret Life of Archives: Sally Siddons, Sir Thomas Lawrence, and the Material of Memory" and PhD student Sara Tavela will present " 'I have unpacked the Gloves': Fashion, Accessories, and the Austen Sisters"
Friday, December 6
Matt Durkin and Mike Smith
Friday, November 22 1:00 p.m. 104 College Hall
Madhuchhanda Ray Choudhury will present her dissertation, "Taming a Monstrous Genre: Vexed Author-Figures and Their Lethal Texts: 1719-1824."
Light refreshments will be served.
Committee: Sue Howard (chair), Dan Watkins (first reader) and Laura Callanan (second reader)
Tuesday, December 10 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Lexicon Release Party
:lexicon's new issue will be available on Tuesday, December 10th! Come out to the Souper Bowl on 5th Ave. for issues, snacks, and an evening of amazing readings from this semester's artists and writers, along with readings from the Advanced Writing Students of Duquesne! Also, if you're a DU student, remember that Tuesday, Dec. 10 acts as a Friday, so even folks with Tuesday evening classes should be able to come out for the excitement! Snacks, seating and issues will be available at 5:30, and we'll start the reading at 6!
Event to Welcome English Majors
Wednesday, September 25 4:30 p.m. 644 College Hall
This event is open to all current, as well as propspective, English majors . Please join us if you have a question about the major or just want an opportunity to meet faculty and other students.
Interested in an English major or minor? Check out our Undergraduate page.
Applying to Graduate School Workshop
Thursday, October 10 3:15 p.m. 643 College Hall
Curious about Graduate School in English? Attend this workshop and Q&A!
Anyone interested in pursuing an M.A. or a Ph.D. in English is invited to attend.
Dr. Kathy Glass will give you tips on finding the right graduate program for you, preparing a writing sample, taking the GRE, preparing a personal statement, and more!
Thursday, November 7
Maggie Jackson (Details TBA)
The English Department presents a special presentation by Heather Love
"Reading the Social: Erving Goffman and Sexuality Studies"
644 College Hall
Open to the public
In "Reading the Social: Erving Goffman and Sexuality Studies," Heather Love will trace the significance of microsociological, observational method in the emergence of queer studies, and offers a reading both of Goffman's work and of the classic text, Tearoom Trade.
Heather Love received her A.B. from Harvard and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include gender studies and queer theory, the literature and culture of modernity, affect studies, film and visual culture, psychoanalysis, race and ethnicity, sociology and literature, disability studies, and critical theory. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard, 2007) and Queer Affect Politics: Selected Essays by Heather Love, and the editor of a special issue of GLQ on the scholarship and legacy of Gayle Rubin ("Rethinking Sex"), and the co-editor of a special issue of New Literary History ("Is There Life after Identity Politics?"). She has current projects on new readings methods in literary studies, the sociologist Erving Goffman, and pedagogy, mentorship, and generations in queer studies. She is R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania.
CIQR Presentation-Dr. Magali Michael
Wednesday, September 11
Berger Gallery (207 College Hall)
The Center for Interpretative and Qualitative Research presents:
"9/11 and the Politics of Aesthetics: Literature and Memorial Art"
As part of this series, Dr. Magali Michael will present "Narrative Innovation in 9/11 Fiction":
Exploring how fiction writers are using innovative ways to engage the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Wednesday, December 11
Peter Mills Theater, Rockwell Hall
On Wednesday, December 11th the Theater Arts Department's Directing I class will be presenting a Directing Showcase. This showcase consists of the four shows that the students have been working on all semester - the performance being their final project.
The plays are:
Extremities directed by Marsha Mayhak
Agnes of God directed by Caitlin Young
Echoes directed by Maeve Montgomery
How I Learned to Drive directed by Anne Wallo
The show will be about 2 hours long and includes an intermission.
Come out and support your fellow students! Since this is their final project, the more people that come, the better!
Send an e-mail to email@example.com if you have any questions
The Threepenny Opera
By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
October 3-5 and 10-12
Written and Directed by Students
By August Stramm
February 6-8 and 13-15
Strindberg One Acts
Renowned playwright August Strindberg
One Acts for Charity
All shows begin at 8:00 pm in Peter Mills Auditorium and are FREE with Duquesne ID, Carlow ID, or Red Masquers Card.
Calling all writers - the submission deadline is quickly approaching!
The Red Masquers will be continuing their annual tradition of Premieres, which is in its 37th season. Premieres is a showcase of several one act plays that are written, directed, performed, and produced by students.
We will be accepting submissions of one act plays until October 16th.
The only requirement for submission is that you have a valid Duquesne ID (Undergraduate, Graduate, or Faculty) or have a Red Masquers card.
After this submission date, we will be choosing FOUR plays to be a part of the performance in December.
Do not feel like you have to be a professional writer to submit a play; if it sounds fun to you, try it! You never know what will happen.
For more information or to submit a play, contact John Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Student Events
Friday, September 6 7:00-10:30 p.m.
Department Beginning-of-the-Year party
All English graduate students and faculty are welcome
Wednesday, September 11 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Work and Life Balance Workshop with Dr. Anne Brannen
643 College Hall
Brown Bag Lunches and Discussion
Tuesday, September 24 12:00-1:00 p.m.
"Networking at Conferences and Elsewhere"
Dr. Laura Engel
643 College Hall
Wednesday, November 13 1:00-2:00 p.m.
"The Research Profile: Why and How"
Dr. Faith Barrett and Dr. Anthony Adams
643 College Hall
Guest Speaker and CMU poet Jim Daniels will be reading at Duquesne on Wednesday, April 2, from 4-6pm in the Power Center Ballroom.
Information about Daniels can be found here.
Modernist Studies Association Conference
Duquesne University will host the 2014 Modernist Studies Association Conference at the Omni William Penn, November 6-9, 2014.
Please visit the MSA page for more information.
The department is proud to announce the publication of our Alumni newsletter, "Much Ado". First published in Spring 2008, the newsletter was developed as a way for our graduates to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the department, as well as with each other. The department hopes to publish a new issue each semester.
We want to hear from you! If you have had any works published, presented papers, received an award or new position, or participated in anything else that you think may be of interest to our Alumni, please let us know.
Also, let us know if you would like to be included on the newsletter email and/or mailing list.
Contact: Nora McBurney, at (412)396-6420 or email@example.com