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.

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!