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The literature BA program offers students the chance to choose one of four exciting tracks, or focuses of study. In the Literary Studies track, students come to understand why literature matters: how it defines culture, the human, and our values, and how it facilitates empathy. The Cinema Studies track allows students to study literature alongside cinema and to discern the ways that cinema as a language and art shapes our society. In our new Transcultural Studies track, students focus on various cultural texts (such as literature, theater, film, television, and social media) in a global and multicultural context. Lastly, the Creative Writing track gives students the opportunity to hone their craft and improve their poetry or prose in close-knit workshops. In each of the tracks, students work with dedicated, award-winning faculty who pay close attention to the needs of each individual. Literature majors garner excellent writing and communication skills. They know how to learn, to analyze and comprehend other viewpoints, and to argue for ideas. Literature majors have a range of employment and internship opportunities. Ninety percent of our majors hold internships. In terms of careers, they work in publishing, public radio, law, education, advocacy, and politics. MFA Blog: http://au.blogs.american.edu/category/creative-writing/ AU LIT Salon: https://www.facebook.com/theaulitsalon/

10/26/2019

Congratulations to Professor Laura Ewing, who published a chapter in Rhet Ops: Rhetoric and Information Warfare. Prof. Ewing's chapter is titled "Social media strategy for the military-engaged American Red Cross."

Congratulations to Professor of Literature Emeritus Henry Taylor for publishing a poem and two articles in October!Prof....
10/25/2019
Literature/Film Quarterly

Congratulations to Professor of Literature Emeritus Henry Taylor for publishing a poem and two articles in October!

Prof. Taylor's poem, titled “In the Galisteo Basin,” Southern Poetry Review, was published in the Southern Poetry Review; his article “Depths and Altitudes: The Poetry of Robert Wrigley,” was published The Hollins Critic; and the article “Shadows Real and Artificial: Two Film Masterpieces of 1961,” appeared in Literature/Film Quarterly.

Congratulations again, Prof. Taylor!

https://lfq.salisbury.edu.

Literature/Film Quarterly is the longest standing international journal devoted to the study of adaptation. Founded in 1973 by Jim Welsh and Tom Erskine, the journal has for over forty years served as a forum for scholars and writers to discuss, debate, and articulate various ways of conceptualizing...

Do you ever wonder what your professors are watching on TV? Do they really analyze everything they see? Can they explain...
10/22/2019

Do you ever wonder what your professors are watching on TV? Do they really analyze everything they see? Can they explain the world through TV?

Come find out as several members of the Lit faculty talk about the shows they’re watching, the performances that inspired those shows, and the movies they’ve become.

We'll have four brief presentations, discussion, and snacks on Nov. 6th at 5:00 pm in Hughes Formal Lounge. (And stay tuned for future editions of All Our Faves!)

Our very own Prof. Marnie Twigg published their article in CCC: "Last Verse Same as the First? On Racial Justice and 'Co...
10/18/2019
College Composition and Communication, Vol. 71, No. 1, September 2019

Our very own Prof. Marnie Twigg published their article in CCC: "Last Verse Same as the First? On Racial Justice and 'Covering' Allyship in Compositionist Identities." Per the abstract, "This article discusses strategies by which compositionists can use Kenji Yoshino’s theory on 'covering' to identify rhetorical moves white compositionists make to 'pass' as allies, so they can revise the moves effectively to support colleagues and students of color." Publishing an article in CCC is a major achievement!

Congratulations, Prof. Twigg! Check the article out in the link below.
http://www.ncte.org/cccc/ccc/issues/v71-1

College Composition and Communication, Volume 71, Number 1, September 2019

More news on the "heady company our amazing faculty keep" front.  It was announced this week that Prof. Rachel Louise Sn...
09/19/2019
2019 Finalists | Kirkus Reviews

More news on the "heady company our amazing faculty keep" front. It was announced this week that Prof. Rachel Louise Snyder's No Visible Bruises is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction (other nominees this year include Ocean Vuong and Colson Whitehead in fiction, Saeed Jones and Patrick Radden Keefe in nonfiction, and a good number of other books you read this summer or meant to). Here’s the link. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/prize/2019/finalists/

Congratulations, Rachel!

2019 Finalists

This morning, AP announced the recipient of the Academy of American Poets' 2019 Lenore Marshall Prize for "the most outs...
09/05/2019
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize | Academy of American Poets

This morning, AP announced the recipient of the Academy of American Poets' 2019 Lenore Marshall Prize for "the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year": Kyle Dargan’s Anagnorisis. The prize includes a cash award of $25,000, a ten-day residency at Glen Hollow in Naples, New York, and distribution of the winning book to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members. Prior winners include ... let’s just say that every reader of poetry among us will find more than one all-time favorite on the list. We have long known how world-class our poetry faculty is, and it’s wonderful to see Kyle getting the recognition his work deserves. Be sure to give him a hearty congratulations the next time you see him!

And while we have your attention: please also note in the same press releases, along with a lifetime award to Rita Dove, that the Academy of American Poets awarded their annual Fellowship to Ilya Kaminsky, first speaker in the MFA program’s Visiting Writer series, on Wednesday 9/18 at 7:00 PM. A banner opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary richness of poetry and poets on offer at AU (you’ll remember that David Keplinger’s most recent book won the Rilke Prize last spring).

View the announcements mentioned above in the links below:

https://poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/lenore-marshall-poetry-prize

https://apnews.com/6fd2f917e6ca40bfa9434f37984b15cb

http://english.unt.edu/creative-writing/unt-rilke-prize

Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize - Established in 1975, this $25,000 award recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States...

I am pleased to announce that Johns Hopkins University Press has begun distributing Prof. Dustin Friedman's monograph, B...
08/27/2019
Before Queer Theory | Johns Hopkins University Press Books

I am pleased to announce that Johns Hopkins University Press has begun distributing Prof. Dustin Friedman's monograph, Before Queer Theory: Victorian Aestheticism and the Self in paperback, hardbound, and electronically. You can find more about the book in the link below. Congratulations Dustin!

https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/queer-theory

https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/../public/covers/9781421431499.jpg | Late Victorian aesthetes were dedicated to the belief that an artwork's value derived solely from its beauty, rather than any moral or utilitarian purpose. Works by these queer artists have rarely been taken seriously as contributi...

08/19/2019

When you're back on campus this week or next, don't forget to congratulate Sarah Trembath, who is this year’s winner of the American Studies Association’s Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies seventh annual Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty. To quote from the announcement, "The Committee was thoroughly impressed with your engagement with Anzaldúa’s scholarship, vision, and activist writing tradition. We were most struck by the urgency and thoughtfulness of your work around immigration rights and humanitarian crises at the borders of the imperial U.S."

Well done, Sarah!

As many of you may know, Toni Morrison passed away just a few days ago. Whether you've studied, taught, or simply enjoye...
08/09/2019
thekojonnamdishow.org

As many of you may know, Toni Morrison passed away just a few days ago. Whether you've studied, taught, or simply enjoyed Morrison's writings, you know the impact and importance of her body of work. Our very own Prof. Dolen Perkins-Valdez was a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show yesterday to celebrate Morrison's D.C. roots and legacy. To listen to the show, please see the link below.

https://thekojonnamdishow.org/audio/#/shows/2019-08-08/celebrating-toni-morrisons-d-c-roots-and-legacy/114869/@00:00

Connecting your neighborhood with the world

07/23/2019

Congratulations to Prof. Lacey Wootton and Glenn Moomau! Prof. Wootton and Prof. Moomau published a chapter in Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Composition, which has been chosen as the Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book of 2017! Wootton and Moomau's chapter is titled “Building Our Own Bridges: A Case Study in Contingent Faculty Self-advocacy.”

Check out the WYPR interview featuring Prof. Arielle Bernstein discussing The Future of Ownership!https://www.wypr.org/p...
03/25/2019
The Future of Ownership

Check out the WYPR interview featuring Prof. Arielle Bernstein discussing The Future of Ownership!

https://www.wypr.org/post/future-ownership

We live in a society deeply invested in ownership. It’s been the classic way to gain, sustain, and grow family wealth. It’s been the mark of adulthood and

Check out the event below where our very own Melissa Scholes Young will be in conversation with the featured authors.
03/21/2019
Reading & Dialogue w/ Stefanie de Velasco, Daniela Emminger, Dana Grigorcea

Check out the event below where our very own Melissa Scholes Young will be in conversation with the featured authors.

Zeitgeist Literature Festival: A Reading and Dialogue with Stefanie de Velasco, Daniela Emminger, and Dana Grigorcea Doors: 5:30 pm Begin: 6:30 pm From the housing projects of Berlin, to the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, with foray through the streets of Bucharest, the 2019 edition of the annual Zeitgeis...

Kyle Dargan has been featured on Poetry Daily. Check it out in the link below!http://poems.com/feature.php?date=17906
01/10/2019
Poetry Daily's Featured Poet: Kyle Dargan

Kyle Dargan has been featured on Poetry Daily. Check it out in the link below!

http://poems.com/feature.php?date=17906

Kyle Dargan is the author of the forthcoming collection Anagnorisis (TriQuarterly/NUP, 2018). His four previous collections, all published by the University of Georgia Press, include Honest Engine, Logorrhea Dementia, Bouquet of Hungers and The Listening. He is the founder and editor of POST NO ILLS...

Bards Alley
08/21/2018
Bards Alley

Bards Alley

"[B]eing on this side, or this phase, of the #MeToo movement has really challenged me to push deeper into the ways masculinities—my own and the ones that have influenced me—are complicit in the sustained violence (violence in the broadest and most pervasive sense) that people of other genders experience daily."

New on Bookmarked: a Q&A with Kyle Dargan, an associate professor of literature and director of creative writing at American University. Kyle will read at Bards Alley from his forthcoming collection of poetry, ANAGNORISIS (Northwestern University Press, 2018), on Sunday, September 16, at 2:00 pm. #BookmarkedbyBA

American University Department of Literature

08/02/2018

Shout out to AU Lit Alumni, Robin Talley, whose book, PULP, is coming out November 13!

Congrats to Prof. David Keplinger for being featured on Poetry Daily with his new book, Another City! Check out his feat...
07/27/2018
Poetry Daily's Featured Poet: David Keplinger

Congrats to Prof. David Keplinger for being featured on Poetry Daily with his new book, Another City! Check out his feature on Poetry Daily in the link below!

http://poems.com/feature.php?date=17740

David Keplinger is the author of five volumes of poetry, most recently The Most Natural Thing and The Prayers of Others, as well as three volumes of translation. He has won the T.S. Eliot Prize, the C.P. Cavafy poetry prize, the Erskine J. Poetry Prize, and the Colorado Book Award, as well as two fe...

Congratulations to all of our 2018 Literature Graduates!
05/22/2018

Congratulations to all of our 2018 Literature Graduates!

Congratulations to all of our 2018 Literature Graduates!

Please join us in congratulating Ed Comstock, whose book, Connections between Neuroscience, Rhetoric, and Writing: A Pla...
04/18/2018
Connections Between Neuroscience, Rhetoric, and Writing: A Plastic Pedagogy for the Digital Age (Hardback) - Routledge

Please join us in congratulating Ed Comstock, whose book, Connections between Neuroscience, Rhetoric, and Writing: A Plastic Pedagogy for the Digital Age, is due out this week from Routledge. The book is part of the Routledge series on Educational Psychology, with the publication date having been slated for April 11. Congrats Ed! Learn more about the book in the link below.

https://tinyurl.com/RoutledgeComstock

This book argues that contemporary neuroscience compliments, extends, and challenges recent and influential posthuman and new materialist accounts of the relations between rhetoric, affect, and writing pedagogy. Drawing on cutting-edge neuro-philosophy,…

03/28/2018

Congratulations to Prof. Rachel Louise Snyder who has won the prestigious J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award from the Columbia Journalism School for her new manuscript, "No Visible Bruises."

03/22/2018

Congrats to our very own Professor Deborah Payne! She has been invited to join a small team of international scholars, theatre practitioners, musicians, and singers working on “Performing Restoration Shakespeare.” This joint venture between Queen’s University Belfast and the Folger Shakespeare Library will workshop in August the 1674 John Dryden/William Davenant redaction of Macbeth, which will be given a public performance (and filmed) after the end of two intensive weeks of study and rehearsal.

03/14/2018

Congrats to AU Lit alumni Chloe Fairbanks who has recently been accepted for a DPhil at Oxford in English Literature! The Dept. of Literature sends Chloe lots of love and rounds of applause for making the AU community so proud!

Congratulations to our very own Prof. Fiona Brideoake, whose book received a very warm review from Lisa L. Moore of UT A...
03/08/2018
The-Ladies-of-Llangollen-Desire-Indeterminacy-and-the-Legacies-of-Criticism

Congratulations to our very own Prof. Fiona Brideoake, whose book received a very warm review from Lisa L. Moore of UT Austin in the Women's Review of Books! Learn more about Fiona's book, The Ladies of Llangollen: Desire Indeterminancy, and the Legacies of Criticism, in the following link.

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781611487619/The-Ladies-of-Llangollen-Desire-Indeterminacy-and-the-Legacies-of-Criticism

This book explores the lives and afterlives of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, whose 1778 elopement rendered them pivotal figures in the history of female same-sex desire. Butler and...

02/27/2018
Cadres urbains – Les mystères américains, du film noir au steampunk

Congrats to our very own David Pike for the recent publication of his work, "City Settings: American Urban Mysteries from Film Noir to Steampunk." Pike examines urban landscapes in popular culture as they vary across genre and time period. Check it out in the link below!

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