This Week in English | November 11 – 17, 2019

This week’s installment of the bulletin offers a preview of Thursday’s reading by an acclaimed international author, a glimpse into several classrooms, a profile of the first-place Millay Prize winner, and announcements of a range of events, including a workshop devoted to crafting a professional CV, a talk about decolonizing museum practices, and a birthday […]

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This Week in English | September 30 – October 6, 2019

English Majors Loveless and Penney Named Humanities Fellows Earlier today the McGillicuddy Humanities Center announced its new cohort of Undergraduate Fellows, which includes English majors Noah Loveless and Sarah Penney. Here’s a snipped from the announcement: Noah Loveless, Sarah Penney and Matthew Ryckman are the 2019–2020 Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellows at […]

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This Week in English | September 16 – 22, 2019

First Open House a Success I’m pleased to report that the Open House hosted by the English Department last Thursday afternoon was well-attended and warmly-received. Undergraduate and graduate students met with professors in their offices and over refreshments—donut holes! candy corn! apples and apple cider!— in the Wicks Reading Room and the Writing Center (where […]

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Kathryn Swacha

I study how specialized topics are communicated to audiences who need that information (click here to learn more about my field). Specifically, I am fascinated by how people navigate vast amounts of information regarding how to be ‘healthy’ — advice on what to eat, how much to exercise, which medications to take, which medical procedures […]

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This Week in English | September 9 – 15, 2019

English Department Open House This Thursday Afternoon To celebrate the beginning of the new academic year, the English Department will host an open house for current and prospective students on Thursday afternoon from 3pm to 4:30pm. There will be light refreshments starting at 2pm in the Wicks Reading Room (adjacent to the department office in […]

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Elizabeth Neiman

I study the British Romantic period (roughly 1790 to 1820). We used to think of this period as dominated by six male poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, and Shelley) , but we now know it was a diverse landscape of writers, male and female, poets, critics, and novelists. Of course the canonical six are […]

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Jennifer Moxley

What I’m Working On I am presently at work on my second book of essays. My first, There Are Things We Live Among, explored angles of human empathy with the object world. The long affinity between birds and poetry is the organizing theme of this new collection, as well as those avian souls that have played a […]

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Caroline Bicks

I’m currently working on a project that brings together my interests in Shakespeare, gender, and the teenage brain. I’d been thinking for a long time about all of the teenage girls in Shakespeare’s plays, many of whom are explicitly marked as being fourteen, or almost fourteen (Juliet, Viola, and Miranda to name a few). Why […]

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Laura Cowan

Dear Prospective Graduate Students – If you come to the University of Maine, you will find that we have a strong cadre of Modernist scholars connected to our Poetry and Poetics Program and also remarkable scholars teaching in our Gender and Literature Program. I am currently drawing on the modernist and feminist strands of the […]

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Sarah Harlan-Haughey

  Hi, I’m Sarah, and I specialize in Medieval Literature here at UMaine, part of a strong interdisciplinary core of scholars of the Medieval and Early Modern in literature and related humanities fields. Although I deal with diverse subjects and languages, I prefer to think of myself as a synthesist rather than a generalist; that is, the kind […]

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