This Week in English | November 15-21, 2021

You’ll find a dozen items in this week’s “double issue” of the bulletin (making up for a skip last Monday). TL;DR, you think? Au contraire! Things to do, money to make (think: paid internships), publications to celebrate, covers to reveal, poems to read. And if you have an item for next time, send it our […]

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Heather Falconer

If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I strongly dislike labels and boundaries. In fact, the fastest way to get me to do something is to tell me that it’s not possible or allowed! I believe that, if we are willing to challenge what we think we know and what […]

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This Week in English | October 25-31, 2021

This week’s bulletin includes information about the department’s undergraduate literary journal, internship opportunities in the spring and beyond, an event commemorating a Quebecois poet’s legacy, an update from an emeritus professor, a glimpse into the first-year composition program, a preview of an upcoming fiction reading, and a link to the Maine Campus‘s coverage of a […]

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Hollie Adams

Hi, I’m Hollie and I teach Creative Writing, Canadian Literature, and courses in contemporary fiction here at UMaine. I recently taught a graduate-level course called After Postmodernism in which we examined a variety of contemporary novels that have been labeled “post-postmodern” (among other labels including “meta-modernism,” “New Sincerity,” and “digimodernism”). I am currently teaching ENG […]

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This Week in English | September 27-October 3, 2021

As we enter the fifth week of classes, a soggy “family and friends” weekend has yielded to the crisp, dry, and cool conditions that make autumn so memorable in Orono. Below you’ll find information about upcoming events and opportunities, along with some glimpses into the teaching and scholarship underway in (and around) Neville Hall this […]

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This Week in English | September 20-26, 2021

New Writing Series Resumes on September 30 We were celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the New Writing Series when the pandemic forced it into hiatus following Laird Hunt’s reading on March 5, 2020. (Hunt’s new novel, Zorrie, was longlisted for a National Book Award last week.) On Thursday, September 30, the NWS resumes with an […]

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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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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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This Week in English | April 12-18, 2021

Transformer Tales in the New Yorker The issue of the New Yorker that appeared online yesterday and will be on newsstands on April 19 includes a “letter from Maine” (in the tradition of E.B. White) by Alice Gregory that centers on the partnership of Penobscot Nation member Carol Dana and the linguist Frank Siebert. As […]

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This Week in English | April 5-11, 2021

Welcome to the hundredth installment of This Week in English! The first bulletin circulated back on September 5, 2017, and apart from a hiatus in the first months of the pandemic we’ve been at it ever since. If you enjoy these glimpses into the life of the Department, please consider contributing an update from your […]

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