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Far West Popular Culture & American Culture Associations 26th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Feb. 21–23.
The 26th Annual Meeting of the Far West Popular Culture & American Culture Associations will be held at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas, from February 21–23, 2014. The program will be posted here in February. A few spaces are still available for late participants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit the FWPCA/ACA website.
New Upper-Level Courses for Spring 2014: Dangerous Travels to the American Frontier and Early Twentieth Century African American Literature and Film
This upcoming Spring semester, the English Department is happy to
offer special-topics upper-level undergraduate course and graduate course from
our newest faculty members, Prof. John Hay and
Prof. Julia Lee.
This Spring, Prof. Hay will be teaching a course for graduate and
upper-level undergraduate students, ENG 452B/652B
on “Dangerous Travels to the American Frontier”. Prof. Hay
specializes in nineteenth-century American literature, and his current
book-in-progress, The Postapocalyptic American Frontier: Uncanny
Historicism in the Nineteenth Century, examines how American
writers traveling west located the nation’s position in history.
semester’s Dangerous Travels course will focus on the literature
of the frontier West:
Americans have a long tradition of traveling west for
profit and adventure. In fact, in addition to statesmen like Washington
and Jefferson, the nation's first legendary heroes included backwoodsmen
such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. The frontier they inhabited was
a murky borderland, at times a natural preserve and at times a contested
warzone. Western travels were often dangerous excursions into violent,
lawless regions, yet many writers (both men and women) enthusiastically
sought to describe the wonders of these locales to an eager audience.
This course will examine a short set of texts that feature travel to the
frontier, texts including The Last of the Mohicans, The Oregon Trail,
and the autobiography of the Native American warrior Black Hawk. We will
discuss the rise of action stories, the role of environment, and the
relationship between Native Americans and the U.S. republic. . . .
Prof. Lee will be teaching a graduate course of ENG 795 on
Early Twentieth-Century African American Literature and Film. Prof.
Lee specializes in African-American literature and transatlantic
studies. Her book, The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian
Novel, was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Her
current research is focused on racial representations in the comedy
series, “Our Gang.” Her Spring semester African-American
Literature and Film course will look at representations of the “Old
Negro” versus “New Negro” in film and literature from the first half of
the twentieth century:
. . . At the same time as W. E. B. DuBois, Alain Locke, and James Weldon
Johnson were calling for a New Negro Renaissance, film was developing
into a powerful tool of mass communications, disseminating stereotypical
images of African Americans derived from blackface minstrelsy,
vaudeville, and popular literature. This course begins with D.W.
Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (1915) and tracks cinematic representations
of African Americans into the sound era, the Depression, and World War
II. It focuses on the comedy series, Our Gang (later known as The Little
Rascals), which both perpetuated and revised popular cinematic and
literary images of African American children.
For more information on their respective courses, contact either Prof. Hay or Prof.
Lee. If you’re interested in taking the course, you can register online through
Spring 2014 Course Descriptions
The UNLV English Department undergraduate
and graduate course descriptions for Spring 2014 are now available
Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship News
The English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, offers a variety of scholarships and academic awards valued at up to $5,000 each. If you’re not yet a member of the honor society, think about joining!
Scholarships and Academic Awards
Application Deadline: November 11
Individual Awards, Chapter Awards, and Project Grants
Application Deadline: November 4
Individual Awards are offered for leadership and personal websites or blogs. Chapter Awards include: outstanding chapters, Sponsors, literary arts journals, and blogs or websites. Chapters may also apply for Project Grants of up to $500.
For more information: Contact the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at UNLV (Epsilon Rho chapter).
Debut Novel by UNLV English Alumna Alissa Nutting.
Congratulations to UNLV alumna Alissa Nutting (PhD, 2011) on the publication of her novel, Tampa (New York: Ecco/HarperCollins). This is her debut novel, following the publication of her acclaimed short fiction collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc Books, 2010).
Alissa Nutting was born in rural Michigan. She received an MFA degree from the University of Alabama and completed her PhD in Creative Writing with the UNLV English Department in 2011. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, BOMB, and Conduit; her essays have appeared in Fence, the New York Times, and other venues. She is now an assistant professor of creative writing and English literature at John Carroll University.
Welcome our new English Department Faculty!
The UNLV English Department is happy to introduce six new professors joining the department faculty in the Fall 2013 semester: Assistant Professors John Hay and Julia Lee, and four new faculty-in-residence: professors Amy Green, Scott Hollifield, Heather Lusty, and Andy Nicholson.
Dr. John A. Hay specializes in nineteenth-century American literature; his scholarly interests also include the history of ideas, the history of science, literary realism, and narratology. His current book-in-progress, The Postapocalyptic American Frontier: Uncanny Historicism in the Nineteenth Century, examines how American writers traveling west located the nation’s position in history.
Dr. Julia Lee specializes in African-American literature and transatlantic studies. Her book, The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel, was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press; her current project is on racial representations in the comedy series,
Dr. Amy M. Green received her Ph.D in Literature from UNLV in 2009. She specialized in Shakespeare and 19th Century American Literature. Today, her work has evolved and she focuses on popular culture studies, especially with regards to literature, film, and video game analyses. She is especially interested in the expanding presence of video games as a compelling source of narrative, one that is necessarily participatory by nature.
Dr. Scott Hollifield was born in Detroit and resides in Las Vegas. His doctoral work was on the presence of Chaucer in Shakespeare’s narrative poems and plays; he has published articles on World Literature and film, worked on an instructor’s guide to accompany The Norton Anthology of World Literature (3e), and is developing the Shakespeare and Film Theory volume of a forthcoming series from the Arden Shakespeare.
Dr. Heather Lusty specializes in twentieth century literature, modernism, and postcolonialism. She has written on architecture and cultural nostalgia, WWI and trauma, and constructions of national identity. Her other interests include British empire literature and culture, cultural collecting and practices, contemporary international antiquity issues (repatriation), science fiction, and chaos theory. Her edited collection examining areas of congruence in James Joyce and D. H. Lawrence is forthcoming through the University Press of Florida’s Joyce Series.
Dr. Andrew Nicholson’s poems have appeared in magazines and journals including Colorado Review, Eleven Elevent, and Spinning Jenny. In the summer of 2013, he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Palazzo Rinaldi in Noepoli, Italy. He is currently working on translations of the French poet, Pierre Reverdy.
Welcome to the Department, Professors Hay, Lee, Green, Hollifield, Lusty and Nicholson.
Professor Felicia Campbell featured in Rebel Yell
Readers of the May 9 issue of the UNLV Rebel Yell, will find a
feature article by Kimber Stewart, celebrating Professor Felicia Campbell’s 50th anniversary teaching
at UNLV. Congratulations to Professor Campbell!
New Members welcomed to Sigma Tau Delta international honor society in May 2013
Last Friday, May 3, 2013, the Epsilon Rho chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society held an Induction Ceremony to welcome new members here at UNLV. Welcome to the 28 new inductees honored at the induction ceremony: congratulations to Michelle Abraham, Matthew Buyachek, Maria Brophy, Alex Carlone, Joan Castle, Alexandria Daniels, Ceasare Filipelli, Grace Funcion, Analelli Gonzalez, Kara Hall, Stephanie Kasheta, Caitlin Keisker, Erik Kluever, Kristen Koop, Darel Mally, Amanda Miller, Molly O'Donnell, Cole Peterson, Fantasi Pridgon, Yelena Protopopova, Aisha Ratanapool, Katie Ross, Timea Sipos, Bella Victoria Smith, Anthony Stahl, Kristen Tardio, Amy Townsley, and Richard Warren.
Back Row (left to right): Christopher Decker, Amanda Miller, Anthony Stahl, Timea Sipos and Kristen Tardio. Front Row (left to right): Richard Harp, Alex Carlone, and Vincent Perez.
Sigma Tau Delta (ΣΤΔ) is the International English Honor Society. Founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University, ΣΤΔ strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; to provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; and foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing. The Epsilon Rho chapter of ΣΤΔ is active at UNLV. Information about joining can be found online at www.english.org/sigmatd/members/scholarships/index.shtml.
Fall 2013 Course Descriptions online
Registration is coming up! If you want to see what the English Department is offering for the Fall 2013 semester,
we’re happy to say that undergraduate and graduate-level Course Descriptions for Fall
2013 are now available for you to review.
English Department Spring Open House, April 10
The department of English would like to invite you to attend their spring open house. There will be faculty and staff on hand to answer any questions you may have about English classes, university requirements, careers for English majors, and much more.
We'll also have fall course descriptions and snacks. Drop by and say hello if you have a chance!
This open house is free and open to the public.
When: Apr. 10, 2013, 10am – 3pm
Where: Flora Dungan Humanities (FDH), Room 608
Congratulations to Prof. John Bowers
It’s been a great season for English faculty awards. The English Department at UNLV is happy to congratulate our own Professor John Bowers and Professor Ed Nagelhout on their recent awards honoring their outstanding research and teaching.
Professor John Bowers is this year’s winner of the William Morris Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts. Professor Ed Nagelhout is the winner of the Division of Educational Outreach Faculty Excellence Award. Congratulations to our award-winning faculty!
Prof. Ed Nagelhout, winner of the Division of Educational Outreach Faculty Excellence Award
Megan Becker-Leckrone Wins Regents Teaching Award
Executive Vice-President and Provost John White has announced that Megan Becker-Leckrone has won both a UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award for 2013 and—in a further extraordinary achievement—was the sole winner of the Nevada Regents’ Teaching Award. The Provost’s message:
I am delighted to announce that a statewide faculty and student committee has recommended that the Nevada Regents’ Teaching Award for four-year institutions be awarded to a UNLV faculty member, Megan Becker-Leckrone, Associate Professor in the Department of English. Dr. Becker-Leckrone is also one of four winners of the UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award for 2013.
Congratulations to Prof. Anne Stevens, new University Second Year Seminar Coordinator
Professor Anne Stevens has been appointed by Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Carl Reiber as the University’s Second Year Seminar Coordinator. This is a key role in UNLV’s continuing development of its General Education Reform. Anne will consult with various of the University’s eleven colleges to help them develop a SYS, which may often be done within the framework of the English Department’s World Literature course. She is superbly qualified for this role. She has been a guiding member of the Faculty Senate’s General Education Committee, which approves all First and Second Year Seminars, and is well known throughout the College of Liberal Arts as an effective spokesperson for liberal education. Anne will continue to teach in the Department as well as serve as Undergraduate Director while fulfilling her new duties, which begin immediately.
Far West Popular and American Culture Associations Conference
The twenty-fifth Annual Meeeting of the Far West Popular and American Culture Associations will take place February 22–24, 2013 at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas. Details available at fwpca.org.
Congratulations to Award-Winning English Department Faculty!
The English Department at UNLV is happy to congratulate Professors Kelly Mays and P. Jane Hafen on their recent awards recognizing their outstanding teaching and research.
Kelly Mays has received an NEH Grant for calendar year 2013, which carries a stipend of more
than $50,000. She will use the grant to finish her book on how the nineteenth-century Victorians
viewed themselves as fashioning history and society. Some of Prof. Mays’ work has already
been published in peer-reviewed journals, which one editor described as an “ingenious study
based in archival database research of the Victorians viewing themselves as agents of history.
Early reviewers have also found appealing and appropriate that she is writing from UNLV in
Las Vegas, a city that has fashioned itself, as they note, as a place of cosmopolitan culture, much
as the nineteenth-century Londoners that she is studying were attempting to do with their own
culture. UNLV Provost and Executive Vice-President John White commented that Prof. Mays
should “be quite proud to be in the top 7% of [all] applicants” for this coveted award.
Professor Jane Hafen was recognized in Spring 2012 as the winner of the College of Liberal
Arts William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching, which carries a stipend of $1,000 and a
plaque. Dean Christopher Hudgins said the “competition for this award is always intense” and
that “it is a great tribute to your skill and accomplishments as an instructor to be chosen for this
award.” Prof. Hafen has developed, basically by herself, an extremely important area of study
for UNLV students—that of Native/Western American literature—has taught well and often
courses required for the English department’s major as well as those for the General Education
core (World Literature), and has also developed and taught courses in African American
Literature, all the while mentoring with great success graduate students in her varied areas of
Celebrating Felicia Campbell’s 50 Years of Teaching at UNLV
On Friday, November 9, the English Department was delighted to gather in the TAM Grand Hall and Trent Lounge to celebrate the 50th year of Dr. Felicia Campbell’s career at UNLV.
In her career at UNLV, Dr. Campbell has traversed areas from traditional literary studies, to Gambling and Risk Taking, from Asian Studies, to Popular Culture. She has been KNPR book critic, President of the Popular Culture Association, founded NOW in Las Vegas and the UNLV Women's Caucus, organized what is today the UNLV Faculty Alliance and is now Executive Director of the Far West Popular Culture Association and Editor of The Popular Culture Review. In her often controversial career she has traveled from the Mojave to the Himalayas. Her enthusiasm for adventure and teaching remain unabated.
Spring 2013 Course Descriptions online.
Registration is coming up! If you want to see what the English
Department is offering for the Spring 2013 semester, we’re happy
to say that undergraduate and graduate-level Course Descriptions for Spring 2013 are now available for you to review.