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Department of English News
- Wordsmith 2017 is coming February 26th! Learn more about the Wordsmith program or donate to Porter-Leath to help promote literacy.
- The African American Literature Concentration in the Department of English presents "Education
as a Political Act, A Lesson Before Dying and Assaults on The Black Mind"
A Two-Part Event - Part I –February 9th, Movie Night: A Lesson Before Dying
Part II – February 16th, Reception (at 5:00pm), Discussion with Faculty Panel
Events are free and will be held in Patterson Hall, Room 456 at 6:00pm
This two-part event seeks to create an important discussion in conjunction with the Black History Month theme of "The Crisis in Black Education" that addresses the lack of resources in many urban schools and the devaluing of education in some black communities as part of the birth to prison pipeline. In particular, we look at Ernest Gaines's novel and film A Lesson Before Dying and examine how African Americans use education to break the cycles of poverty and dehumanization while often separating the educated from the rest of their communities. We invite members of the UM and greater Memphis community to join us in this important conversation.
- Congratulations to Dr. Donal Harris for the recent buzz about his new book On Company Time: American Modernism in the Big Magazines. He was recently interviewed by Columbia University Press and participated in The Page 99 Test, a blog that asks authors to read from page 99 of their book and say whether it's representative of the whole book.
- Audible, the spoken audio entertainment company and division of Amazon, bought and produced several new stories by Cary Holladay, professor of English. The titles are "Operator," "Forty Seconds," "You Are Free, Go and Fight," "The Best Party Ever" and "The Army Disease." Professional actors perform the readings. The stories are available here. Congrats, Professor Holladay.
- Congratulations to Dale Williams for winning Third Place for her carnival-themed display at Discover Your Major Day! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out! We had so much fun!
The English Department is announcing that the MFA program has temporarily stopped accepting applications for students who want to specialize in Creative Nonfiction. Because of a reduction in the number of tenured and tenure-track Creative Writing faculty members, the CW faculty felt it would be most beneficial to students going forward to focus our resources on Fiction and Poetry. We will continue to offer high quality Creative Nonfiction classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and all currently enrolled students will be able to finish their degree in Creative Nonfiction. We will simply not be recruiting MFA students who want to write a Creative Nonfiction thesis, until we can provide them with an adequate number of qualified faculty. For the Creative Writing Coordinator's letter to students on this matter, click here.
- To see which courses the Department of English will be offering in the spring, click here.
- To learn about Department of English events, click here.
- To visit the new MFA in Creative Writing site, click the image below.