Shakespeare's *itches: The Musical is poet and songwriter Susanna Rich's new one-woman, audience-interactive performance—giving voice to the bard's women. It is comprised of a series of songs from the perspectives of his female characters—including "The Dark Lady Talks Back," a duet between Desdemona and Nicole Brown Simpson, and Kate's paean to masochism. Directed by Ernest Wiggins and accompanied by Don Fast. Alyson Cohen, Production Assistant.
Opening night will be April 23 at Oradell Public Library, and it will play at Kean University on May 7 and 8.
Adjunct Professor Bill Mesce has a new book out: Reel Change: The Changing Nature of Hollywood, Hollywood Movies, and the People Who Go To See Them.
Adjunct Professor Brian C. Lorio has a photo exhibit titled "Silk City Highlights" taking place at Passaic County Community College's Broadway Gallery from January 19th to February 28th. Part of the Passaic County Culture and Heritage Council's Black History Month celebration, his exhibit has been features on NorthJersey.com.
The independent study in Web Publishing is an interdisciplinary course jointly conducted by the Kean University English Department and the Office of University Relations. Students must submit a completed application along with a writing sample to be considered for the program. The application deadline for Fall 2013 is January 15, 2014. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by January 17, 2014.
The course will explore the concept of narrative as it pertains to the web. Students will chronicle all facets of their Kean experience (Academic, Athletic, Resident, Artistic, Social) via Kean XChange's student blog. Students will be immersed in various avenues of digital communication including: blogging, micro-blogging, social media, video editing and photography. Students will be encouraged to contribute serialized fiction, performance footage, monologues, video-logs and other cutting edge new media projects. Students will be graded on creativity, professionalism, participation in classroom discussions and an array of independent study projects.
The course will also probe the intersection between web publishing and literature. Students will explore how serialization and the democratization of writing were integral to the advent of new media. How is the blog, an episodic new literary form, part of a broader tradition?
The course will explore emerging technologies as well as techniques and tools widely in use throughout the blogosphere. In addition, students will be introduced to the Drupal content management system, PhotoShop, iMovie and basic html.
To apply, click here.
COLOR, written by Gene Ruffini, Adjunct Professor at Kean University, is running January 16 to February 2 at the Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue @ 10th Street, NYC).
Book Event on Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction by John Gruesser will be held at Words Bookstore (Nov 24 at 2:00 pm), 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
Adjunct Professor Cynthia A. Cavanaugh presented a paper entitled “Shelley’s Politics: Introducing Ambiguity into ‘The Mask of Anarchy”’ at the Romanticism session of the 67th annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association’s convention in Vancouver, Washington on October 11, 2013.
Adjunct Professor Robert Carnevale was featured in the Poet Spotlight by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, will meet on Thursday (Sep 19) at 3:15 pm in CAS 340. English majors with a 3.5 GPA or higher are encouraged to attend. See the attached flyer for information on joining.
PRAXIS II Prep day and time has been changed to Mondays, 4:30-7:15 pm. It was originally scheduled for Wednesdays.
Dr. John Gruesser has had his book Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction published by McFarland (2013). In his book, Gruesser looks at the functions of gender, race and empire in American detective fiction.
PRAXIS II Prep for English majors will be held on Wednesdays, 4:30-7:15 PM in CAS 315. If you're seeking secondary or middle school certification, this is the course for you. There is no registration or fee. Click here for the flyer.
The independent study in Web Publishing is an interdisciplinary course jointly conducted by the Kean University English Department and the Office of University Relations. Students must submit a completed application along with a writing sample to be considered for the program. The application deadline for Fall 2013 is August 23rd. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by August 30, 2013. Web Publishing interns are privileged to represent Kean University on the web via the Kean XChange student blog.
The web publishing program explores the concept of narrative as it pertains to the web. Students chronicle all facets of their Kean experience (Academic, Athletic, Resident, Social) through Kean XChange's student blog and are immersed in various avenues of digital communication.
Our most recent cohort of students thrived in the program and we look forward to further diversifying and expanding our applicant pool with your help. You can access the online application here.
Dr. Sally Chandler (with Angela Castillo, Maureen Kadash, Molly D. Kenner, Lorena Ramirez, and Ryan J. Valdez) has had her book New Literacy Narratives from an Urban University: Analyzing Stories about Reading, Writing, and Changing Technologies published by Hampton Press (April 2013). The book illustrates what researchers can learn through the study of literacy narratives — the stories we tell about experiences with reading and writing. It provides an introduction to research methods for studying literacy narratives, and five in-depth studies of literacy narratives composed by Kean University students.
Our English Awards Ceremony honoring the recipients of the Bauer/Boucher scholarships and the Haselton and Millard prizes was held on Tuesday afternoon, May 7 at 3:15 p.m. in the CAS Art Gallery on the first floor. In addition, Sigma Tau Delta inductees were recognized and the Sigma Tau Delta banner was presented by Dr. Nira Gupta-Casale. Recipients of awards are as follows:
|Anthony J. Bosco Scholarship in English Literature||Debra Bagnato|
|McDonnell-Millard Distinguished Student Writing Award|
|1st Place||Tabitha Edwards|
|Instructor||Prof. Rachael Warmington|
|2nd Place||Laura Cheatham|
|Instructor||Prof. Denise Lagos|
|3rd Place||Michelle Cordovi|
|Instructor||Prof. Denise Lagos|
|McDonnell-Millard Teaching Excellence Award||Prof. Anthony Chu|
|Stephen J. Haselton Excellence in Scholarship Award||ENG 4800 Capstone Literature Option|
|1st Place||Christopher King|
|Instructor||Dr. Christine Kephart|
|2nd Place||Meggan McGuire and Adrianna Ramiez|
|Instructors||Dr. Donald Moores
Dr. Susanna Rich
|Stephen J. Haselton Excellence in Scholarship Award||ENG 4817 Capstone Writing Option|
|1st Place||Will Barbieri|
|Instructor||Dr. Susanna Rich|
Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society Induction Ceremony and Dinner was held on May 3 (6 pm) at the Garden Restaurant.
On February 25 & 26 (3:15-4:30 pm), a convocation for English majors was held in CAS 106 to share refreshments and important information about the major.
Dr. Donald J. Moores and Dr. James O. Pawlenski have had their edited book The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (December, 2012).