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. Also be sure to check out our Facebook page for more updates.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Our Delightful "The Love Song of J. Alfred Wildcat" Get Together

Grads and undergrads alike recently spent some time talking to other students about English and reading some T.S. Eliot. Junior English major Alex Forgion reports: "The event had a great turn out and it was a lot of fun! After we read the poem aloud, professors Javadizadeh and Quigley shared some fascinating background information about the poem and T. S. Eliot. Then, we broke up into groups and discussed specifics about the poem. All of our conversations were very productive and insightful; hopefully we inspired some people to declare English as a major!"

Thanks to all who participated!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Our ReJOYCEful Outing to the Rosenbach

Members of Dr. Quigley's Joyce classes (grads and undergrads) ventured into Philly this past Saturday for a special viewing of Joyce's Ulysses manuscripts, letters, and several notebooks. The presentation was packed with facts about Joyce's extensive revision process for the book--some pages went through as many as twelve rounds of revisions!

First edition!
Alex was a fan. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

English Department Adventures, Day of Service Edition

This past Saturday, faculty and grad students from the department traveled to The Academy @ Palumbo in South Philly for the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. We spent the day doing various improvement projects across the school, including painting columns in the cafeteria and guidance counselor offices. BIG shoutout to our group coordinator, Nick Manai, who did a phenomenal job getting us organized, answering questions, tracking down more paintbrushes, successfully finding band aids, etc.

Dr. Yumi "Paint Tape Pro" Lee in action

Angeline and Lia!
Our group was part of the 5,000 other Villanovans who volunteered their time to various service projects at more than 100 sites across Greater Philadelphia. Thanks to everyone who came!

Call for Abstracts! NeMLA

Attention grad students: The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) has issued a call for abstracts! Visit their site to submit. And don't forget, you can request conference travel funding.

The Northeast Modern Language Association's 2018 keynote speaker will be Professor Rob Nixon, the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in the Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. He is the author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, which won numerous awards, including the International Studies Association for the best book in environmental studies.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Alumni News

Ted Howell, class of 2010, was recently published in the Modern Language Quarterly!

Planted throughout E. M. Forster’s Howards End are the seeds of many dramatic forms of climate change that subsequently dominated the twentieth century. Howards End gathers together major strands of its contemporaneous ecological thought, where distressful events (rural decay, deforestation) are perceived; nostalgia for a pastoral past is honestly felt but recognized as impractical; devastation on a national, imperial, and even global scale is foretold; and hope for the earth’s future comes in a form largely symbolic or mythical—as vision more than prediction. Forster’s awareness of the potentially global significance of local environmental change emerged in concert with the environmental philosophy of his era, specifically the “back to the land” movement and theories of climatic determinism, and was developed in a 1909 short story, “The Machine Stops,” that he wrote while beginning Howards End, a novel best read within its environmental history and contemporaneous reactions to environmental change and together with a work of speculative fiction that helps account for the aura of impending apocalypse that saturates it.

MLQ Volume 77,  Number 4:  547-572. 2016
For full article: http://mlq.dukejournals.org/content/77/4/547.full

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thanks for Joining Our Game of Thrones Conversation

Thanks, all, for coming to our recent panel discussion, "Winter is Coming: A Conversation About Game of Thrones,” led by Drs. Joe Drury, Brooke Hunter, and Travis Foster. It was packed!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Job Opportunity with AMC Networks

AMC Networks is hiring a Social Marketing Content Producer, see link below for more info!

You love the Internet. You love keeping up with the ever-changing social media
landscape. You know the difference between a fan and a Liker. You inherently
understand the difference between the audiences on Instagram, Snapchat Discover, and
YouTube. You understand why designing for social is different from designing for banner

You would gladly nerd out over the differences between designing for print, motion, and
for the Internet, AKA maximum shareability.

You create memes in your sleep.

You want to tell stories through the art on our pages, and understand how that story
across channels ladders up to a bigger narrative.

You think that testing and engagement data can lead to more compelling creative
executions for our fans.

The Social Content Producer works hand-in-hand on the Social Marketing team with the
Social Marketing Manager who writes all social copy, manages the communities,
develops the social strategy and voice. Also working closely with the Creative Director,
the Social Content Producer will develop a cohesive look and feel for a set of shows
across all social channels. With the support of a Jr. Designer, s/he will create all of the
social assets for the show, including pre-premiere, in-season, and bridge content.

Content includes, but is not limited to, static images, GIFs, cinemagraphs, and
microvideos. Channels include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Thanks for Coming to Our Welcome Back Coffee Break!

It was great to see you all at yesterday's coffee break! What a wonderful time to meet all kinds of English students at both the undergrad and graduate level. Were YOU one of the lucky ones who was able to snag a department t-shirt?

See you next time!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service

One of our first-year students, Nick Manai, is facilitating the Day of Service at the Academy @ Palumbo in South Philadelphia on Saturday, September, 23rd. See Nick's message below!

Palumbo is in the School District of Philadelphia and Villanova has partnered with them to promote college awareness and establish a relationship between our university and a high school in Philadelphia. On the 23rd we will be repainting different rooms in the building, decorating and cleaning a new fitness center for the students, adding a hanging garden to Palumbo's already impressive rooftop, and many other important projects. I know that we are talking about a Saturday here, but Palumbo is always grateful for adult volunteers  who can attend and work with the students on these projects.

In addition to the good works, good karma and positive vibes you will receive, I live a few blocks south of the school, so if we get a group of volunteers that day I can invite everyone back to my house for an 'unofficial' English Department cook-out.

To sign up please register as an individual and choose the 'English Department' under Group Name. The day of service will last from 9am-3pm, but if you can only join us  for part of that time, just let me know beforehand.

Faculty, staff, spouses, friends and undergraduates are all welcome to join! 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Join Fellow English Enthusiasts at an Expedition to the Rosenbach

Join professor Megan Quigley for an afternoon at the renowned Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia to view a new exhibition, “Gothic Monsters / Modern Science,” on Frankenstein and Dracula. The exhibition explores the creation of two of history’s most memorable monsters. In honor of the bicentennial of the publication of Frankenstein, handwritten pages of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel will be displayed alongside Bram Stoker’s personal notes for Dracula for the first time, accompanied by scientific and medical works from the 19th century to the present.

The outing will take place on Saturday, October 21 from 12:00-2:00 pm. Meet at the Rosenbach  (2008-2010 Delancey Place in Philadelphia). If you’re not driving, take the SEPTA train from Villanova to Suburban Station and walk to the museum. Admission is $5.00.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

See You At Our Upcoming Coffee Break!

Like coffee? Want a T-shirt? Enjoy good food? Get ALL THREE at our upcoming coffee break in SAC 402--Thursday, 9/7, from 4:00-5:30! See you then.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Graduate Reception--A Smashing Success!

Thank you, one and all, for attending Friday's Graduate Program Reception! It was great to welcome new faces, catch up with familiar ones, and gather together to celebrate the start of a semester with good food and delightfully English-y conversation. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Nick got the leftovers...lucky.