News from the English Department

Welcome to the freshman class of 9/11

This essay was published by The Washington Examiner: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/welcome-to-the-freshman-class-of-9-11 This is the first day in 18 years that I didn’t spend 9/11 in New York City. It was the first time nothing took place at my school. The first time people didn’t even bring it up. The first time no one seemed to remember what…

A New Earth Conversation: The World Is Changing; We Should Be, Too

A New Earth Conversation is a campus-wide initiative that, in exploring our relationship with the climate crisis, seeks to cultivate positive change through our response to climate change. Bringing together various Clark faculty from different departments including English, IDCE, Geography, the program is interdisciplinary, built on the premise that in order to make substantive change,…

Queering the Curriculum through the Exploration of Queer Victorians

  This semester Professor Kasmer offered a new special topics course in 19th Century British Literature titled Queer Victorians. This course has worked on exploring the ways queer sexuality and gender were viewed during the Victorian Era which can be studied through the themes present in many Victorian works. In this interview, Professor Kasmer describes…

Professor Joan Houlihan Releases Fifth Book of Poetry

We at the English Department are always impressed with the phenomenal work of our faculty and staff, and love to learn everything we can about what they do. This month, our esteemed Creative Writing instructor Joan Houlihan has published her fifth book of poetry, entitled Shadow Feast, available here. I took a minute to talk…

Voice of the Voiceless: An Interview with John Morano

The English Department is thrilled to welcome John Morano ‘82, professor of Journalism, Monmouth University and author of the Morano Eco-Adventure Series to our campus this March. His work, which focuses on the lives of endangered species, has been endorsed by World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, The Ocean Conservancy, and The American Society for…

Professor Emerita SunHee Gertz, Professor Betsy Huang, and PhD candidate Lauren Cyr’s New Anthology

Diversity and Inclusion has been on the English Department’s mind recently. As we dive deeper into issues that our collective community faces, it’s easy to see how our interaction with these issues can shape our education, and shape the way we interact with each other. Earlier this academic year, the English Department hosted the Global Cultures…

Rose Wine: Winner of the Blog-Naming Contest!

Rose Wine ’20; is 19 years old and from Calaveras County (think of Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”) in northern California. She recently won our blog-naming contest with the title “The Next Chapter,” Rose was one of many contestants to enter, and we are so happy to present her winner’s interview! Are you an…

The Life of Anderson House: The English Department’s Home

Anderson House has become an icon of the English Department since it was first purchased by Clark University over fifty years ago. Its unique architecture is representative of the many historical Victorian houses found throughout Main South and all of Worcester, which were built during the city’s first spurts of development. Despite renovations and changes in…