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Welcome to the official blog for Villanova's Graduate English Program! Come back often for updates on conference opportunities, guest speakers, student accomplishments, alumni news, and more.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Penn State's Distinguished Professor Eric Hayot to Lecture at Villanova in April


The Villanova English department is pleased to announce that Penn State's Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Eric Hayot, will be this year's Luckow lecturer. His presentation will be on April 1st at 5:30 p.m., location TBA. He will be talking about his new book, The Elements of Academic Style (Columbia UP, 2014). This is a fantastic book written for graduate students and professors in the humanities, which describes how to write seminar papers, conference papers, journal articles, and academic books effectively. I highly recommend reading Dr. Hayot's book, which covers a wide range of issues from time management, to how to write effective introductions and conclusions, to citation and footnote techniques, to issues like using figurative language in academic writing. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Elements-Academic-Style-Humanities/dp/0231168012/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389702688&sr=8-2&keywords=elements+of+academic+style.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Summer Critical Theory Workshop at the Sorbonne in Paris, France


All first year graduate English students are welcome to apply for a graduate-level summer research program at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. The workshop is administered by Villanova’s Philosophy Department, but it cuts across numerous disciplines and is open to students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences. You can see their website for more information at http://criticaltheoryworkshop.com or email Dr. Gabriel Rockhill at gabriel.rockhill@villanova.edu.Summer research programs are a fantastic way to enhance your CV and travel to a new place with a trusted guide. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Villanova Graduate Student Research Journal Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for submitting a paper to Villanova’s graduate student journal for research, CONCEPT, is Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.

The author of the best article in the 2015 issue will receive the Graduate Student Research Prize. Submissions should be material that has been researched and written as part of graduate work at Villanova and may be up to 25 pages. Scholars from all of the Graduate Studies Programs for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are invited to submit. We seek papers that are exemplary in their respective disciplines as well as papers that have an interdisciplinary appeal. Selection for publication is highly competitive.

We will recognize the top essay as the Graduate Research Prize Essay. The winning author will be formally recognized at the publication celebration on April 23rd @ 2:30 in Falvey Library.

Authors should register with the website, http://concept.journals.villanova.edu and follow the instructions there for posting their submission. (An author may submit no more than 1 article for consideration.) Any questions should be directed to the faculty editor-in-chief, Lisa Sewell (lisa.sewell@villanova.edu).

Call for Peer Reviewers

The journal is now seeking volunteers to serve as peer-reviewers. Peer-reviewers contribute to the process of determining the essays that will appear in the journal. The review process will begin soon after the deadline for submission, which is Monday, February 2, 2015. Those interested in serving as peer-reviewers should consult the job description posted on the website and then contact the faculty editor-in-chief, Lisa Sewell (lisa.sewell@villanova.edu) to volunteer.

You may also register with the website, http://concept.journals.villanova.edu, and follow the instructions there for becoming a peer-reviewer.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

17th Annual Literary Festival

The Villanova English department is hosting the annual Literary Festival this upcoming semester. Write these on your calendar now, as you will not want to miss them!

James McBride, author of Good Lord Bird: February 3
Bruce Smith, author of Devotions: February 19
Claire Kilroy, author of The Devil I Know, March 17
Patricia Smith, author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah: March 31
Jay Cantor, author of Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories of Franz Kafka: April 16





Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The "Great CATsby" English Department Promo Event Attended by Over 100 Freshmen

On Thursday, October 7, over a hundred undergraduates gathered to take in a presentation about the Great Gatsby. Dr. Lutes performed a miracle of precalculation to order pizzas, we moved the chairs out of the way to make room for whomever might come, those of us in costume read our parts over, and then all we had was to wait. We started being surprised at around 50 students, but in the end over 100 students showed up.

The goal of the evening was to remind them of what they knew of the Great Gatsby, and perhaps to challenge them to think about it in new ways. Dr. Lutes gave a quick presentation on new possibilities for reading The Great Gatsby, especially reminding the students how pronounced race is in the text. The four volunteer readers read a passage from the novel, the scene in which Gatsby shows Daisy his shirts and she bursts into tears. Then we broke into groups.

The discussion was lively! Each student was eager to contribute what they remembered to the discussion, and Dr. Lutes's prepping of the discussion leaders had given us some good ways to elicit reactions. My group focused primarily on the motivations of Daisy and Gatsby, understanding them as seeing each other more for what each represented, rather than for who they were, although that was complicated a little bit as we kept chatting. I found my group of (all girls!) ready to dialogue with each other.

There was a collection of majors present, and with the main goal of moving them toward a major in English, it did seem that the event was exciting to everyone, regardless of the path they will take. Just opening up anyone's eyes to the idea that talking about literature can happen over pizza and among friends, and can include pop culture references, was I think entirely eye-opening for some of these freshmen! 








The English Department Takes a Break


On October 6, the Villanova English Department took a collective study break in the form of our newest tradition - Coffee Break! Dr. Hicks, Dr. Radcliffe, and other professors were in attendance, along with undergraduate and graduate English students, for conversation and the all-important ingredient: truly good coffee.

Dr. Lisa Sewell Wins the Tenth Gate Prize

LISA SEWELL is the WINNER of the First Annual Tenth Gate Prize!


English department professor Lisa Sewell has won the 2014 Tenth Gate prize for her poetry manuscript, Impossible Object. The prize includes a cash award of $1000 and book publication in the spring of 2015. The imprint was founded to honor and publish mid-career poets.

Impossible Object is Sewell's fourth poetry collection, following the chapbook Long Corridor (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009), and full-length collections Name Withheld (Four Way Books, 2006) and The Way Out (Alice James Books, 1998).

Says Series Editor Leslie McGrath, "Lisa Sewell's poems are shot through with an adhesive intelligence born of the accretion of craft, discernment, and engagement with the world. This is exactly the kind of collection for which the Tenth Gate prize was developed."

Sewell is also co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of two essay collections that focus on 21st Century North American poets. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, Paris Review and Harvard Review. She has been awarded a Leeway Foundation Grant and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is the first annual award of the Tenth Gate Prize, an imprint of The Word Works. Impossible Object will be available by advance order for $17 plus $4 shipping and handling at The Word Works website (click here) or from SPD.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Coffee Break Monday, October 5 at 4 PM

The English Department Invites You to a Midterm Coffee Break!




Come hang out with English majors, graduate students, and faculty and enjoy free cookies and gourmet coffee.

Monday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Lounge of Falvey Library (Located in the back area of the second floor).

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/english.html

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dr. Lennon Meets with Director of the National Theatre of Ireland

A group from Villanova University, led by President Fr. Peter Donohue, went to the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland, to meet with the Director, Fiach MacConghail, Chair of the Board, Dr. Bryan McMahon, and Abbey staff. Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of the Irish Studies Program and a professor in the English Department, along with Tony Ponturo, Broadway producer and Villanova alumnus '76, discussed the coordination of the Summer Studio, a joint 3-week, Villanova-Abbey Theatre summer program, as well as a possible Abbey Theatre residency at Villanova University. To read our post about Dr. Lennon's meeting with the president of Ireland, click here.

Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova University
and Fiach MacConghail, Director
of the Abbey Theatre

President Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., Villanova University and
Fiach MacConghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre

L-R: Oonagh Desire, Director of Public Affairs and
Development; Tony Ponturo, Villanova alumnus '74, Dean of Arts and
Sciences's Advisory Council Member; Fiach MacConghail, Director of the
Abbey Theatre; President Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., Villanova
University; Dr. Bryan Mc Mahon, Chairman of the Board for the Abbey
Theatre; Mike O'Neill, Vice President for Advancement, Villanova
University; Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova
University; George Kolb, Vice President for Alumni Relations.

Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova University;
Oonagh Desire, Director of Public Affairs and Development; Tony Ponturo,
Villanova alumnus '74, Dean of Arts and Sciences's Advisory
Council Member

Fr. Peter at the Abbey

Dr. Joseph Drury Lecture in the Fedigan Room - 12:30 PM Today



Dr. Joseph Drury will be giving a lecture on Matthew Lewis's The Monk this lunchtime hour in the Fedigan Room. Please join us!



Joseph Drury
“Twilight of the Virgin Idols: Iconoclash in The Monk”
12:30
Monday, Sept. 29
in the Fedigan Room.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"The Great Catsby" Recruiting Event

The English Department is hosting a recruiting event, coordinated by Dr. Jean Lutes, for undecided undergraduates to experience being an English major for an evening. The event will be a fun and accessible way to approach a familiar text. The evening will be facilitated by upperclassman English majors as well as Graduate English students, who will perform a dramatic reading of a passage and then lead breakout discussion groups.

More graduate students are always welcome to assist with discussion groups. Let Dr. Lutes know if you are interested!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dr. Joseph Lennon Meets with the President of Ireland and the Irish Prime Minister

Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Villanova Irish Studies and Associate Professor of English, has just returned from a trip to Ireland with a retinue of Villanova administrators, including Father Peter Donohue. The visit included meetings with both the President and the Prime Minister of Ireland to discuss the ongoing work of Villanova's Irish Studies Program.

L-R: Teresa O'Neill, friend of Villanova University and wife of Mike O'Neill
Mike O'Neill, Vice President for Advancement, husband of Teresa O'Neill
Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova University
President Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., Villanova University
Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins
Ronnie Delaney, Villanova alumnus '58, Chapter President Ireland's
Villanova Alumni Association
Tony Ponturo, Villanova alumnus '74, Dean of Arts and Sciences's
Advisory Council Member
George Kolb, Vice President for Alumni Relations
Dr. Mary Madec, Director of the Villanova Center, National
University of Ireland, Galway

Front Row L-R:Senator Eamonn Coghlan, Villanova alumnus '76
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Prime Minister of Ireland)
President Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., Villanova University
Back Row L-R: Harry Purcell, incoming Villanova freshman on track
and field scholarship
Teresa O'Neill, friend of Villanova University and wife of Mike O'Neill
Mike O'Neill, Vice President for Advancement, husband of Teresa O'Neill
Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova University
Tony Ponturo, Villanova alumnus '74, Dean of Arts and Sciences's
Advisory Council Member