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Curricular Map, English Department, 2012 Update

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Today the building provides attractive office space for faculty in the English, history, and gender, women's, and sexuality studies departments, smaller classrooms ideal for discussion, and a lounge.  

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The Creative Writing Scene at Grinnell Grinnell has a vibrant creative writing scene. There are many published writers on campus--faculty, staff, and students. There are also a number of published writers living in town. The College regularly brings in prominent authors to give...
Many of the English faculty have developed online projects to enhance our teaching.This page highlights a few examples of such projects. Stephen Andrews has collaborated with Ralph Russell of the music department and technologists David Berk and Munindra Khaund to create a...
English Department Faculty Writers George Barlow George Barlow is a poet who earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Hayward, an M.A. in American Studies and an M.F.A. in Poetry, both from the University of Iowa. He specializes in African-American literature,...

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Natasha Trethewey is the 19th United States Poet Laureate [2012-2013]. In his citation, Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote "Her poems dig beneath the surface of history - personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago-to explore the human struggles that we...
Three Grinnell College students have been chosen as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF): Alexandra Odom ’16, Jermaine Stewart-Webb ’16, and Connie Wang ’16. They are the sixth MMUF cohort from Grinnell. “Mellon is such an incredible opportunity and it’s so life-changing,”...
Three Grinnell College students have been chosen as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF): Alexandra Odom ’16, Jermaine Stewart-Webb ’16, and Connie Wang ’16. They are the sixth MMUF cohort from Grinnell. “Mellon is such an incredible opportunity and it’s so life-changing,”...
Staring out at an assembly of bright-faced Grinnellians, Verlyn Klinkenborg announced: “The way you’ve been taught writing is wrong.” A few people flinched. “Forget about the rules and the writing myths,” he continued. “All you can do is jump in and start thrashing around.” He...
  For Erik Simpson, English is more than a discipline; it's the family business. He grew up in Olean, N.Y., the son of an English professor at St. Bonaventure University. His mother, too, is in academe, running the learning center at the local community college. His parents met...
First-year students in Shuchi Kapila’s tutorial take a walk on the supernatural side as they study ghosts and literary ghost stories. In the course, Ghost Stories, the students will explore questions such as: Do such fantasies provide an escape from an oppressive reality into a...
  Connelly Lecture: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Rosenfield Center Room 101 Srinivas Aravamudan is a distinguished scholar of 18th-century English literature with wide-ranging interests and an unusual approach to contemporary issues. On Oct. 9, Aravamudan is presenting this year’s...
Professor of English Ralph Savarese’s nonfiction essay, "River of Words, Raft of Our Conjoined Neurologies," was selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013. The essay — which originally appeared in the journal Fourth Genre Spring 2012 — is about reading The...
Professor of English Ralph Savarese’s nonfiction essay, "River of Words, Raft of Our Conjoined Neurologies," was selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013. The essay — which originally appeared in the journal Fourth Genre Spring 2012 — is about reading The...
Srinivas is a Professor of English and Dean of the Humanities at Duke University.  He has also served as President of the CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes). Srinivas Aravamudan gained his PhD at Cornell University and has taught at the University of Utah,...
  Release party: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Rosenfield Center Room 101 The Grinnell Beowulf is a translation and teaching edition of the Old English poem. Six students — Eva Dawson ’14, Emily Johnson ’14, Jeanette Miller ’14, Logan Shearer ’14, Aniela Wendt ’14, and Kate Whitman...
  Panel: 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer GalleryPanel: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer Gallery A “Wunderkammer,” or room of wonders, was at once a study, a laboratory, and a social space wherein people collected oddities and were...
Writers@Grinnell brings to campus writers of all kinds: poets, novelists, memoirists, essayists, radio essayists, columnists, graphic memoirists, playwrights, and short story writers. “Interacting with writers, hearing them not only read from their work but also talk about their...
Acclaimed writer Jess Row will give a reading as part of the Writers@Grinnell creative writing series. The reading will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 302. This event is free and open to the public. A native of Washington, D.C., Row...
Note: Venue has changed from Faulconer Gallery to Sebring-Lewis Hall. Celebrated poet Mary Szybist will read from her latest book, Incarnadine, a 2013 National Book Award for Poetry, during the Writers@Grinnell creative writing series. Szybist will give a presentation at 4:15 p....
Dean Bakopoulos, writer-in-residence and assistant professor of English at Grinnell College, took a break from editing his third novel, Summerlong, to talk about writing, teaching, and James Franco. Here’s what he had to say: Summerlong Summerlong is about four main characters...

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In Grinnell’s English curriculum you will read, analyze, discuss, and enjoy American, British, Irish, and Postcolonial literature.  You will do intensive writing, with the chance to produce both creative and critical works.  You can study independently and travel abroad, such as...