Applications for admission to the English Department’s graduate
programs are submitted through the UNLV Graduate
College. Official GRE results should be sent to the English department
(institution code: 4861; applicants should not enter a department code).
On Saturday, May 16, at UNLV’s annual commencement ceremony, the
Graduate College and the UNLV Department of English proudly awarded degrees in English to 57 new
alumnae and alumni. The Graduate College and the Department awarded 2 PhDs, 9 MFAs, 6 MAs, and
40 BAs. Pictured here are new Master of Arts recipients
Aisha Ratanapool, Ariel Santos, Tynelle Olivas and Victoria Smith:
Left to right: Aisha Ratanapool, Ariel Santos, Tynelle Olivas, Prof. Evelyn Gajowski, and Victoria Smith.
Congratulations to all our new alumnae and alumni!
Congratulations to Bella Victoria Smith for winning a
Calvert Award. She earned degrees in English, Honors, and Interdisciplinary
Studies (Summa Cum Laude) at Commencement on Saturday. Her Honors Thesis is titled,
“‘Or what you will’: Presentist, Non-Binary Interpretations of Crossdressing in Early Modern Drama.”
She plans to continue her work in Shakespeare, early modern English drama, and gender/sexuality
theory in her graduate studies at Ohio State University, supported by a fellowship and a GAship,
in the fall.
We at the Department of English are ecstatic to announce that undergraduate Manuela Bowles has
been awarded a 2015 University Libraries Lance & Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award in
the Emerging Scholar Category.
Bowles’s project is entitled “Margaret Atwood and the
Implications of the Word Love.” The Lance & Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Awards
were established in 2006 so that UNLV Libraries may “support and recognize sophistication and
originality in student research.” In addition to having her project published through Digital
Scholarship@UNLV, Bowles will also be awarded a $750 cash prize and a certificate.
The Department of English had six
faculty members recognized for outstanding achievement at the recent College of
Liberal Arts Honors Convocation, more than any other department in the College.
Donald Revell (Regents Creative Activities Award),
Julia Lee (UNLV Emerging Scholar for 2014), Jane Hafen (UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching
Award), John Bowers (BMI/COLA Research Fellowship
Award), Evelyn Gajowski (BMI/COLA Research
Fellowship Award), Claudia Keelan (BMI/COLA Research Fellowship Award) were all
recognized for their accomplishments.
Dr. Emily Setina teaches and
writes about modernism, poetry, and 20th and 21st-century American
literature. Writers’ archives and writing’s relation to visual
media and visual practices, especially photography and painting, are at
the center of her research. Her current book project, The Woman in
the Darkroom, tells a literary and cultural history of modernism
and photography through the works and archives of three women writers:
Virginia Woolf, Stein, and Marianne Moore. Other recent projects include
essays on modernist revision, the politics of post-war translation, and
Proust. She has taught previously at Baylor, Connecticut College, Yale,
and her alma mater, Davidson College. We’re pleased to announce
that in the upcoming Fall 2014 semester,
Dr. Setina will be teaching a senior/graduate level course focusing on
modernist and post-modernist American poetry:
Poetry makes nothing happen, wrote poet W. H. Auden. Making
poetry that mattered in an age of two world wars and rapid social and
technological change was a challenge that provoked feats of imagination
and radical experiment from America’s poets. The careers of eight modern
poets and two post-modernists – Robert Frost, Gertrude Stein, T. S.
Eliot, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, W.
H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Ashbery – structure this class. We
read substantial selections of each writer’s poetry, giving some
attention to work in other genres, drafts, and revisions to consider how
a poet's stated aims and otherwise hidden evolutions extend our sense of
the poet and of poetry . . .[Read More]
Dr. Jessica E. Teague
Dr. Jessica E. Teague received
her PhD from Columbia University in 2013 and specializes in
Twentieth-Century American Literature. Her other scholarly
interests include sound studies, modernism, jazz, new media studies, and
African-American Literature. Her book-in-progress, Ears Taut to
Hear: Sound Recording and Twentieth-Century American Literature,
explores the ongoing relationship between American modernism and sound
reproduction technologies. In 2011, an article titled “The
Recording Studio on Stage: Liveness in Ma Rainey’s Black
Bottom” appeared in American Quarterly’s special
issue on sound. She has taught courses in literature and writing at Columbia
University and UNLV. It's our pleasure to note that in the upcoming Fall 2014 semester, Dr. Teague will be
teaching a senior/graduate level course focusing on jazz and American
This course will survey twentieth-century American literature with a
special focus on the ways jazz music has influenced and inspired
literature from the Harlem Renaissance and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “jazz
age” tales to the present. The class will incorporate live and recorded
jazz performances to help us to understand how the blues, swing,
improvisation, and other musical elements inflect the form and themes of
writing. Texts will include fiction, autobiography, poetry, essays, and
recordings by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Jelly Roll Morton,
Louis Armstrong, Zora Neal Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Billie Holiday, Jack
Kerouac, Amiri Baraka, Toni Morrison, and others. [Read More]
Welcome to the faculty, Dr. Setina and Dr. Teague!
Prof. Donald Revell named ΦΒΚ Poet for Harvard Commencement!
Prof. Donald Revell
The English Department is happy to extend our congratulions to our
own Prof. Donald Revell, who has been
chosen as this year's Phi Beta Kappa Poet for the annual Literary
Exercises at Harvard University's commencement. Poets so honored in the
past include Robert Creely, Allen Ginsburg, and Seamus Heany. Revell
currently is writing a poem specifically for the occasion. Its
over-arching theme will be the reason of poetry and the ways in which
poetry is a language more rational (difficult sometimes, but never
obscure) than the language of day-to-day exchange.
Donald Revell is the author of 11 collections of poetry, most
recently The Bitter Withy (2009), A Thief of
Strings (2007) and Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected
Poems (2005), all from Alice James Books. Winner of the 2004
Lenore Marshall Award and two-time winner of the PEN Center USA Award in
poetry, he has also received the Gertrude Stein Award, two Shestack
Prizes, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the
Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim foundations. He has been a poetry editor
of Colorado Review since 1996. 2014 is the 224th year
Harvard's Literary Exercises have taken place.
Prof. Amy Green to deliver TEDx Talk on Video Games and Big Ideas, Friday, April 11.
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. . . .
. . . 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.
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.
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.
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, Our Gang.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.