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.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Summer 2013 Research Grant Applications

The Summer Research Grant is a wonderful opportunity for those of you hoping to work on a scholarly project over the summer. The grant funds could support: travel to archives; cover expenses associated with research projects; or simply allow you to reduce your summer work hours, giving you time to focus on your project. If you have a scholarly project for which you would like summer support, please discuss this with a faculty member in your program who will be willing to formally sponsor your effort.

For details regarding eligibility requirements, application procedures, and the required cover page to be appended to any submitted proposals, please visit the “Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship” found on the Graduate Studies website.

The deadline for applications is Monday, January 21, 2013.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Come on up to the 4th floor of SAC to enjoy the festive holiday decorations in the English Department office!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Abbey Theatre Internship Grant

The Villanova University-Abbey Theatre Exchange program was established in 2011, linking the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the prestigious national theater of Ireland. As a development of this historic intellectual and artistic partnership, Villanova has announced an “Abbey Theatre Internship Grant,” which will provide a University student with the funding to travel abroad and work for the Abbey Theatre for eight weeks during the summer of 2013. In addition to bringing the finest Irish theatre practitioners to Villanova, the exchange program now provides a grant for a Villanova student to intern at the Abbey Theatre during their prominent summer season.

The University’s exchange program with the Abbey Theatre has created a bridge between the renowned Irish institution and Villanova’s Irish Studies Program and Theater Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The collaboration brings some of Ireland’s preeminent theatre practitioners to the University’s campus to offer graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as workshops, conferences, lectures and other events that will be open to the public.

The recipient of the Abbey Theatre Internship Grant will be announced at Villanova University’s annual Abbey Theatre Lecture on Feb. 18, 2013, featuring award-winning Irish playwright Frank McGuinness. The internship program, which will begin at the end of May and continue for eight weeks, provides a student with the opportunity to work alongside theater professionals in the day-to-day operations of Ireland’s national theater and to help develop an innovative summer program for theater students. Application guidelines for the grant will be posted on the Villanova University Irish Studies Program Website. Students who have at least junior status or are enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Villanova University are eligible.

Applications are due by Jan. 11, 2013.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ph.D. Forum

Students gathered at our annual Ph.D. forum to share some pizza and learn about the Ph.D. experience. Speakers were: Ted Howell, who completed the program several years ago and is now a Ph.D. candidate in Temple's English department; Dr. Travis Foster, who recently received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in American literature and joined our faculty this year; and Dr. Brooke Hunter, who recently received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in medieval literature and also joined our faculty this year. Each speaker briefly shared their perspectives on the pros and cons of pursuing a Ph.D. in English and their experiences in their programs. They also discussed strategies for choosing programs and optimizing the Ph.D. application.

It was a great time for everyone. Keep your eye out for the forum next year!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hard Times

Back on campus after a few rough days of hurricane weather, Dr. Thomas' 19th Century British Literature class is excited to get back to discussing Dickens' Hard Times.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Moby Dick Ahoy!

Classmates Samantha (left) and Caitlin chat about Moby Dick before Monday night's Melville and Alcott class!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Upcoming Events

Two of our favorite program events are coming up in just a few months! Be sure to add these to your calendars, because you don't want to miss out:

On Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m. in SAC 300, we are hosting our our annual Ph.D. forum. This event includes brief presentations by two of our faculty members who have recently received their Ph.D.'s along with one of our recent alums who is now in a Ph.D. program. As a group, we will discuss the pros and cons of pursuing the Ph.D., how to decide what programs might be right for you, how to craft your applications and personal statements, and what life is like in Ph.D. programs. There will be lots of time for Q-and-A. This event is open to all students in the program, including first-year students. Pizza will be provided.

On Thursday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. in SAC 300, we are hosting our annual Thesis and Field Exam workshop. This event is designed to get you geared up for your thesis and field exam work. Dr. Hicks will answer questions about all aspects of the process and give you some tips and reminders about writing the thesis and reading for the field exam. This is also a great occasion to get a reading/writing group going with your peers. Again, this event is open to all students, and food, yet to be determined, will be provided as well.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Melville Lecture

The annual Kephart lecture in the History department will be given by Greg Grandin this year and is titled “Fast Fish, Loose Fish: Freedom and Slavery in Herman Melville’s America.” Prof. Grandin will look at the 1804 slave ship uprising that became the inspiration for Melville’s novella “Benito Cereno.”

The lecture is Tuesday, Oct. 2,at 7 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center, and those who will attend should register. Students, faculty, and other guests can do so online here.

Greg Grandin is the author of a number of prize-winning books, including most recently Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan 2009). A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, as well as for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Fordlandia was picked by the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and NPR for their “best of” lists, and Amazon.com named it the best history book of 2009.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Graduate Studies Service Award

Congratulations to Joseph Hoffman for receiving the Graduate Studies Service Award for his work as co-editor of the Graduate student journal CONCEPT! We add our thanks to that of Dean Adele Lindenmeyr for Joseph's contributions to the intellectual community here at Villanova.

Click here to view CONCEPT's website.

Monday, March 19, 2012

3rd Annual Thesis/Field Examination Symposium

The third annual Thesis/Field Examination Symposium will take place on Saturday, April 14th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Devon Room in the Connelly Center. This event is an opportunity for students who are completing the program to present to each other their research, while also giving first-year students a sense of the  projects that are undertaken as master's theses and field examinations. We hope to have two consecutive one-hour sessions, in which students offer ten-minute presentations of their research. The event is structured so there is plenty of time for comments and questions by audience members and other presenters. Copious amounts of delicious gourmet coffee will be served before and during the event, and after the second session, there will be a catered lunch.

Please email Dr. Hicks if you would like to present your research at this event, or if you would like to attend as an audience member. Please RSVP by Monday, March 26th.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

2012 Luckow Graduate Alumni Event

Mark your calendars for the 2012 Luckow Graduate Alumni Event on Monday, March 26th at 7:30 in SAC 300! The Graduate English Program and the Luckow Endowed Chair of English will present a panel of three of our recent graduate English alumni, who will discuss academic career options for those with an M.A. in English who choose not to pursue a Ph.D. The three panelists are: Jana Llewellyn '06, who will discuss her experiences teaching at both community college and a local private high school; Jamie Berg '09, who will discuss her work for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, where she began as Assistant to the Senior Vice Presidents and was recently promoted to Budget Officer; and Kelly Vass '11, who works as an academic advisor at Drexel.

This event is intended to give you many perspectives on ways to capitalize on your degree in the job market. Each panelist will give a brief presentation on their work and how their master's degree has contributed to their career path, and there will ample time for discussion and networking. As always, dinner will be served.

Please RSVP to Dr. Hicks by Monday, March 19th.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 University of Notre Dame IRISH SEMINAR

The IRISH SEMINAR 2012: Contemporary Irish Theatre

June 11 – June 29, 2012

The 2012 University of Notre Dame IRISH SEMINAR convenes a sterling cast of international experts, scholars and practitioners to explore contemporary Irish dramatic and theatrical landscapes and discern current patterns of dramaturgy in culturally and theatrically significant plays written in and about Ireland since 1980. This three-week series of presentations, seminars and workshops offers participants an opportunity to partake in seminars, lectures and workshops at the world famous Abbey Theatre with world renowned academics, scholars, directors, actors, critics and reviewers. Among the topics to be discussed are: patterns of history and memory, use of meta-theatre, the enabling and disabling uses of myth, and the role of narrative and monologue in contemporary Irish theatre.

Click here to view the Seminar website for more information on admission, accommodations and fellowships.

The deadline for application to the IRISH SEMINAR is March 17, 2012. Places fill quickly, so an early application is recommended.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dr. Gavin Wilk

Dr. Gavin Wilk, a former Villanova student, will be on campus on February 20th to deliver a talk entitled “Resolute revolutionaries: Joseph McGarrity and the militant Irish republican networks in the United States, 1922-1940.” He has just completed a Ph.D. in history and used the Villanova Special Collections for his dissertation.

Dr. Wilk will discuss Joseph McGarrity's leadership of the US-based republican organization, Clan na Gael, the local and national organizational structure of the Clan in Philadelphia and the U.S. He will explore McGarrity’s strong ties with Irish Republican Army veterans who had emigrated to the US after the Irish Civil War, and will include stories of leading Irish republicans in Philadelphia and New York. In addition, the discussion with detail McGarrity's involvement with the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake as well as his major role in an IRA bombing campaign in England during 1939. Dr, Wilk will also describe the resources used for his research and particularly discuss the McGarrity collection at Falvey Library.

The talk is scheduled for February 20th at 5:00 pm in SAC 300.

Please contact Craig Bailey or Joseph Lennon for more information. 
Click here to learn more about Villanova's McGarrity collection.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

21words Review Website

If you are interested in  films, books, music, television and games, check out this new user-generated review site, 21words. Three English Literature research students at the University of Sheffield have recently established the site and are encouraging budding writers to post their creative insights into a chosen genre within a strict word limit.

Click here to view the site.

2012 Spring Career Fairs

Mark your calendars for this spring's career fairs! Arts and Business will be on Tuesday, February 7th in the  Villanova Room from 1-5 p.m. Science, Engineering and Technology will be Wednesday, February 8th in the Villanova Room from 1-5 p.m. This year’s fair is drawing employers in record numbers (70+ for Arts and Business, 40+ for Science, Engineering and Technology), all of whom will be in attendance to speak with students about opportunities at their organizations.

Click here to see the list of attending employers

Both career fairs are open to ALL MAJORS and CLASS YEARS, so if you are looking for an internship, full time job, or just want to connect with employers – you should not miss it!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

14th Annual Villanova Literary Festival

Award winning poet CD Wright will be on campus this Thursday, February 2nd to kick off Villanova's 14th annual Literary Festival. Wright's reading is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Connelly Center Cinema. A reception and book signing will follow. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more information on the 14th Annual Villanova Literary Festival.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Graduate Student Council Winter Social

Don't forget to RSVP by January 25 for the Graduate Student Council's Winter Social. This year's event will take place at 8 pm in the East Lounge, Dougherty Hall. All graduate students over 21 are invited and may bring a guest (also over 21). Be sure to bring your wildcard for admission. Drinks, light snacks, and music provided.

Click here to view the flyer