English Department Events

Chowder with Changemakers: Chowder Fest 2020

Chowder with Changemakers: Chowder Fest 2020 (left to right: Lee Gaines, Kulani Abendroth-Dias, Cara Gross, Bryan Tamburro) By Milena Germon (’21) Although we could not gather in person for this year’s annual Chowder Fest, in many ways, I found myself doing the same thing I would normally be doing at Anderson House: wearing a big…

Benjamin Garcia Reading and Workshop September 2020

In the second installment of the Clark Poets and Writers Reading series, Latinx poet Benjamin Garcia gave a reading and led a workshop, sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and the English Department.Blog post written by Prof. Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez; edited by Sophie Stern. In the second installment of the Clark Poets and Writers Reading…

A Clarkie Reflects on Presenting at the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention

Azariah Kurlantzick reflects on presenting their honors thesis at the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention, the final event they attended before Clark shut down.As a senior, it’s easy to feel like I’m losing a lot over the next few months. Graduation is online, Senior Week is canceled, my final Spring Fling took place virtually. I have…

Q&A Commentary: Reflections on the Elizabeth Lindsay Rogers Poetry Reading and Workshop

Professor Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez and students reflect on their experience attending the Elizabeth Lindsay Rogers poetry reading and workshop this past February, speaking to the importance of events such as these and sharing work of their own.Can you start by telling us a little bit about the Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers poetry reading and workshop? M.G: The…

Frankenstein at 200 Symposium: Professor Jennifer Plante, “Liminal Subjectivity in Frankenstein and Get Out

by Jessica Hoops, Clark University ‘18 The final faculty presentation of the Frankenstein at 200 Symposium was given by Professor Jennifer Plante, Director of the Writing Center and Writing Program at Clark. Her paper “The Sunken Place: Liminal Subjectivity in Get Out and Frankenstein” discusses liminality as it relates to systemic racism in Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out, a theme that resonates…

Frankenstein at 200 Symposium: Professor Patrick Derr, “Frankenstein and Bioethics”

by Melanie Jennings, Clark University ’19At the Frankenstein at 200 Symposium, interdisciplinary student and faculty talks from the English, Philosophy, and Screen Studies departments spoke to the legacy of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel in honor of its 200th anniversary. During the two-day event, scholars addressed issues of social justice, the liminal subject, bioethics and film…

Frankenstein at 200 Symposium: Professor Lisa Kasmer, “Frankenstein and Beautiful Failure”

by Logan ManchesterProfessor Kasmer, Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department, began the Frankenstein at 200 Symposium with her own thoughts on Shelley’s novel. Her deep love of the text was displayed as she brought her own studies in Marxist theory, postcolonialism and trauma theory to her analysis of Frankenstein. She depicted within the…