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.

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.

Call for Papers

Lehigh University's Fourth Annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference and the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies: Transition/ Transgress are seeking submissions. Please see the Conference Opportunities page for additional information!

Keep in mind there is Conference Travel Funding available for graduate students!

Important Dates and Deadlines

Keep in mind the following dates and deadlines for the Fall 2017 semester!

August 23 First day of fall classes

August 25 myNOVA portal opens for May graduation applications

August 31 Last day of drop-add

September 15 Last day to apply in the myNOVA portal for December graduation

Late September Thesis and Field Exam Workshop, 7:30, SAC 300

Early October  Ph.D. Forum, 7:30, SAC 300

October 9        Recommended day by which students wishing to graduate in the spring approach faculty members to serve as director and second reader of the thesis or field exam

October 7    Fall Break Begins

October 16   Classes Resume

November 08 Last day for Authorized Withdrawal without academic penalty

November 10 Last day for “Application for Independent Study” form for spring independent studies to be submitted to the graduate committee.

November 13 Recommended day by which students planning to write a spring thesis or field exam submit the first draft of the proposal to the director for review.

November 13   Last day for students to apply to serve as a faculty member’s teaching intern for the spring semester

November 13 Recommended day by which students writing a fall thesis submit the first draft to their thesis director for review

Mid-November Teaching Roundtable, 7:30, SAC 300

November 27   Recommended day by which students writing a fall thesis submit their final draft to their director and second reader.

December  02 Recommended day by which students taking a fall field exam to submit the “comprehensive statement” portion to the first and second reader.

December 08   Last day for students to submit spring thesis or field examination proposal to Brooke Erdman, who will forward it to the graduate committee.

December 08   Recommended day by which students taking a fall field exam complete the oral component (see reminders above for information about last day students are officially permitted to take the field exam).

December 08 Last day for students writing a fall thesis to submit one copy in final form to the Graduate Studies Office (students must then also post the thesis online).

December 11  Last day of fall classes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Graduate Reception Invitation

**please RSVP to Brooke Erdman by 3pm on Thursday!!**

Monday, June 5, 2017

English MA Participates in Villanova ICE's Pitch Day!

Our very own William Repetto participated in Falvey Library's Creativity Challenge where he took the role of project lead to work his team through creating an Inclusivity Topic Guide, winning a grant to continue to develop the page. Read about the process and outcome of the project here! Congrats!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Graduates!

English MA class of 2017 walked across the stage on May 20th! Congratulations, we hope you will stay connected with the English Department and keep us updated on all your future endeavors!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Great English Cook-Out

Above are Heather Hicks and Megan Quigley gathering supplies for the hungry attendees.

To celebrate the lovely spring and take a break from our studies, the English department threw a barbecue at our very own Megan Quigley's house.

Concept 2017 Graduate Research Prize

Concept, Villanova's own Graduate Journal published its latest volume this April.

We are proud to announce that the winner of this year's Graduate Research Prize went to our very own Kevin Halleran for his essay "Nothing But a Good Man Feeling Bad: How Toomer Sings the Blues in Cane."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dept. Spring Colloquium, Tonight!

Herman Beavers is a Professor of English and Africana Studies at Penn.  His latest book, Changing the Order of Things: Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. He has published numerous scholarly articles on August Wilson, Charles Johnson, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison. He has also published poetry in MELUSThe Langston Hughes ColloquyVersadelphia, Cleaver Magazine, and The American Arts Quarterly

Suzana Berger is a theatre artist and educator who focuses especially on community-based (and community building!) arts. She is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dragon’s Eye Theatre, and has directed numerous plays. She has developed thought-provoking, original theatre with young people through Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Mural Arts Program, and InterAct Theatre Company, Epic Theatre Ensemble and Vital Theatre (New York), and Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington DC). She is currently the Coordinator of the Urban Arts, Culture, & Humanities Partnership Program for Penn’s Netter Center of Community Partnerships.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

GWS Event 2/22

Come by tomorrow, Wednesday February 22 at noon for a great lecture by our own Dr. Joseph Drury. Co-sponsored by the Gender & Women's Studies and English departments.

"Libertines and Machines in Enlightenment Britain"

Dr. Drury's talk is drawn from a section of his forthcoming book, Novel Machines: Technology and Narrative Form in Enlightenment Britain. It reads the seduction fiction of Eliza Haywood, published in the 1720s, as a critique of male libertinism that responds to the two competing interpretations of Hobbes's materialism circulating in early eighteenth-century Britain. Like Hobbes, Haywood's characters are machines, whose wills are entirely determined by the desires produced in them by external objects. But her characters draw very different conclusions from this basic premise. Her male characters tend to be "libertine machines," who claim that because their transgressions are determined by external causes, they cannot be blamed or held responsible for them. Her heroines, on the other hand, are "thinking machines," who argue that although people’s actions are indeed entirely determined by external causes, they can still be held responsible for their actions so long as they are voluntary—that is, as long as they proceed from the will following a thought or deliberative process in the mind. Haywood thus exposes the cynicism of the libertine’s claim to be a blameless automaton and shows that his failure to deliberate results not from the intensity of his passion but from the double standard in social attitudes towards male and female sexual transgression.

Please RSVP to the GWS coordinator at  gws@villanova.edu. Lunch will be provided.

See you all tomorrow in Falvey 204!

Valentine's Coffee Break

This past Tuesday we celebrated the holiday of hearts with an English Department Coffee Break. Grads, undergrads, faculty, and staff got together for cookies, candies, coffee and good company.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Come see award-winning poet James Richardson

To kick off the 19th Annual Villanova Literary Festival, we are pleased to host poet James Richardson at Tuesday January 31st at 7PM.

James Richardson's newest collection, During, which appeared in January 2016, was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola prize for the best manuscript in progress. His other books include By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms, which was a 2010 National Book Award finalist and a Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2010;" Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, which was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

The reading will be held in the Radnor/St. David's Room in the Connelly Center.

We're Delighted to Announce this Year's Literary Festival Line-Up!