Thursday, May 28, 2009

The English Department Congratulates Rajiv Menon

Along with eight other students, Rajiv Menon was awarded a George Gamow Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

From the press release:
Rajiv Menon, a junior from Kingwood, Texas, is a double-major in international affairs and English. Working with Judith Plotz, professor of English, he will spend the summer of 2009 completing research for the project: "Imagined Dravidistans: Regionalism and South Indian Literature in English."
Readers of this blog will remember that Rajiv was our Communications Liaison in the fall semester. Well done, Rajiv, and best of luck with your research.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Summer Reading 2

Former GW-British Council Writer in Residence Suhayl Saadi has a new book, Joseph's Box.

Check out the website and add the book to your summer list.

Summer Reading 1

We will soon announce a Big Lecture here at GW by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, a founder of the discipline of disability studies.

Her new book Staring: How We Look is just out from Oxford University Press.

Monday, May 18, 2009

CCAS Celebration

It was my honor to serve as the Faculty Speaker at Saturday's CCAS Celebration, the prelude to commencement. You may read the Hatchet account of the day here, and my more personal ruminations here.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Congratulations to the Class of 2009

We have washed and ironed our finery.

We look forward to meeting your families, celebrating your achievements, and wishing you well at commencement.

From the faculty of the English Department, best wishes to the class of 2009!

Graduate Program in English: Rising Prestige

The English Department moved up eight places in the latest US News & World Report ranking of graduate programs in the discipline.

We won't be happy until we're numero uno ... but in the meantime, we will take this eight place jump over the last ranking, thank you very much.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

For Current Majors: English 172 and the English Major Requirements, 2008-9

Fall 2008

Engl. 172.10 Freud, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky Elective

English 172.11 Medieval Drama pre-1800; or pre-1700

Engl. 172.12 American Coming of Age Literature 20th Century

Spring 09

Engl. 172.10 Central European Modernism Elective

Engl. 172.11 19th Century British Novel & Empire 19th Cent; or 1700-1900

Engl. 172.12 Disability & Literature Minority; or Theory/Cult. Studies.

Engl. 172.80 Holocaust in Literature & Film Minority; or 20th Century

Engl. 172W.10 Literature & Film of American Suburbia 20th Century

Engl. 172W.11 Jewish Literature Live Minority, or 20th Century

Most 179s may count as Theory/Cultural Studies

Engl. 179, History of the English Language pre-1800, pre-1700, or Theory/Cultural Studies.

Most 171s don’t fulfill a period requirement.

Students as Lemmings?

Read this. Then tell me the counter-example isn't English majors. Who could be less lemming-like? They are practically flamingoes. Or platypi.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jane Shore on NPR

Professor Jane Shore discussed Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art" on NPR's show Marketplace. You can listen to the program and read a transcript here. The beautiful poem is below.

"One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Graduating Seniors: Party With Us

The English Department will host a reception for graduating seniors on Saturday, 16 May from 1:30-3 p.m. in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd Street, NW).

We hope you can attend and will bring your family and friends to join in the celebration!

Forget Finals!

GPAs are for losers. Or so say the English Majors who work in the English Department Office (and with that attitude they will be working here forever because they will not get into a selective graduate school).

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
7:30pm - 11:30pm
GW Mitchell Hall Theater
514 19th St. NW


See the Facebook Event page.

Friday, May 1, 2009

To All Current English Majors

The faculty of the department of English wish you the best of luck as you work on your final papers and examinations.