News from the English Department

Humanities and Science Coming Together To Fight Climate Change

By Monica SagerOn March 18 A New Earth Conversation (NEC) hosted a climate dialogue campus-wide to bring together students, staff, faculty, and administration to share a common concern for the global climate crisis. During a second round of panels, English professor Steve Levin joined Jessica Bane-Robert, the Director of Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships, as well as…

Class Visit: Robin McLean

By Monica SagerRobin McLean returned to Clark University to speak with Professor Michael Carolan’s “Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction” class and hold a discussion about her most recent fiction novel, which was an instant hit. “They had quite the experience with Robin,” Carolan said. Carolan’s class read McLean’s “Pity the Beast,” which is currently long listed…

Students Present on Women in Horror, Importance

By Monica SagerTo kick off the Women in Horror Month celebrations in February, five students presented in a Women in Horror Month Student Panel, in which they discussed different highlights within the genre. Mallory Trainer ’22 discussed video nasties, particularly as past of sexual violence in movie posters. Video nasties is a term popularized by…

Clark Students Get Firsthand Look into Shakespeare Adaptation

By Monica SagerAssistant Professor Justin Shaw’s “Advanced Studies in Shakespeare” have gone beyond typical studies of The Bard to explore race, health, sexuality, and more. Students have read a variety of stories, but recently they were able to dive deeper into James Ijames’ “Fat Ham” after the playwright visited the class. “It’s a modern adaptation…

Professor Tim Connolly: from Journalist to DA Spokesman

by Monica Sager Timothy Connolly teaches news writing at Clark University. The position truly encompasses his career for the past forty plus years. “I learned how to read before going to school by reading newspapers at home,” Connolly said. “My family was a newspaper reading family.” His family received the Pittsville Union each morning and…

Regie Gibson’s “Letter and Spirit: The Rants, Chants, and Coos of a Literary Musician”

By Monica Sager Regie Gibson is not just a lecturer at Clark University or the head instructor for the Mass Poetry “Poets in Schools Program.” The widely-loved poet is also a literary performer who has presented across the United States, Cuba, and Europe. Clark students were welcomed to hear Gibson’s poetry April 22 for an…

Professor James Elliot and Retirement

With his retirement close on the horizon, Monica Sager interviews Professor Jay Elliot about his life, career, and future plans.By Monica Sager James Elliott came to Clark University in the fall of 1971. He was hired to teach American literature in the English Department. At the time, James Beard, another professor who Elliott called his…

Janet Hendrickson’s Visit and Reading of “Translating ‘Treasure of the Castilian Language’”

Guest writer Adelyn García reflects on Janet Hendrickson’s Visit and Reading of “Translating ‘Treasure of the Castilian Language’” by Adelyn García When a piece of writing strays beyond the conventional tropes of those of classic literature and becomes a hybrid of creativity and preservation, then readers are drawn in through an amalgamation of intrigue and…

“The Winston Napier Conference: Then and Now” (2020)

Monica Sager reflects and reports on the Winston Napier Conference, which was held to honor and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Napier’s foundational “African American Literary Theory.”By Monica Sager Winston Napier lived “expansively, graciously, and generously,” according to SunHee Gertz, Professor Emerita of English. Napier was born in Jamaica, before migrating to the United States.…

A Year Later and a Spring in our Step

A year into the Pandemic, Rachel Lloyd (Class of 2020) reflects on the coming of spring. This piece is a sequel to “Less Pomp, More Circumstance” (published here last June), which details Rachel’s experience of having a driveway graduation.  Odilon Redon, The Chariot of Apollo (series) Read “Less Pomp, More Circumstance” here. A year later,…