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The Department of English seeks to provide for the diverse needs of its students by offering them the opportunity to read widely, to understand and enjoy what they read, and to express themselves both orally and in writing with ease, force and clarity.
Through the practice of writing and the study of language and literature, the department strives to stimulate humanistic learning and the capacity to respond rationally and imaginatively to literature and the life it reflects.
Kenneth is an English major in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He likes to do undergraduate research and hopes to be a professor some day.
Hannah is an English major in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Someday, she would like a career in the publishing industry. She was an intern with the University of Nebraska Press
Dillon is an English major in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He had an internship at The Prairie Schooner literary magazine and is now the opinion editor at The Daily Nebraskan, the student newspaper. Dillon studied abroad in China. Here why he chose UNL.
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Kwame Dawes has reprised his role as the Wall Street Journal’s unofficial Olympic poet, contributing regular poetry about the games, its athletes and the spirit of each day’s athletic action.
Professor Ted Kooser’s poetry compilation “Winter Morning Walks, 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison” is tied eponymously and conceptually with an album that boasts three Grammy wins.
Film Studies majors Aliza Brugger, Collin Baker, and Emily Frandsen have been selected to be student interns at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival in France this spring. Brugger will also screen one of her short films.
Timothy Schaffert explored the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition in his Jan. 15 Olson Seminar, “Summer Souvenirs and ‘The Swan Gondola’: Reinventing the World's Fair.”
His novel on the same topic, “The Swan Gondola,” will be released in February.
Joy Castro's collection of essays Island of Bones is a 2013 PEN finalist in creative nonfiction.
She examined how pitfalls can arise while sharing stories from our pasts during a discussion of her new book, Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family, and signed copies of her book at the University Bookstore.
He was also Interviewed for “Original Films Falling Flat with Summer Moviegoers” by Scott Bowles and Andrea Fuller in USA Today.
UNL's Jockers leads collaboration opening 300 years of books for data analysis
In the 19th century, Britain was the world’s superpower, boasting a global empire of 10 million square miles and 400 million royal subjects. And British authors of the era reflected this supremacy, peppering their prose with words of command and certainty -- ones like "always," "never," and "forever."
Fulbright Scholar to delve into African, Korean cultures
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Gregory Rutledge, associate professor of English and Ethnic Studies, has been awarded a Fulbright award that will allow him to study the connections between African and Korean cultures. He will spend a year in Gimpo, South Korea, starting in mid-July. Continue reading…
Price earns ORCA award
Daniel Nyikos, a third-year graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Hungary for the 2013-14 academic year. Nyikos is earning a Ph.D. in English with a creative writing focus and his time in Hungary will be spent working on his dissertation. Continue reading…
College of Arts and Sciences or University of Nebraska system-wide awards
Roland Végsö – 2013 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award.
Stephen Ramsey – 2013 College Distinguished Teaching Award and a Susan J. Rosowski Professorship.
Joy Castro – 2013 Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award and a Susan J. Rosowski Professorship.
[The Susan J. Rosowski Professorship, named for an English Department colleague renowned for her Cather scholarship, recognizes associate professors who have achieved a distinguished record of scholarship and who show exceptional promise for future excellence.]
2013 Literary Contest Winners Announced
The English Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Literary Contests. Winners will read from their work on Tuesday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the Dudley Bailey Library in Andrews Hall. Winners will be honored at the English Department Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bailey.
2013 Big Red Road Show Recruitment
- Tracy Prince received her Ph.D. in 1997 and is now a Scholar in Residence at Portland State University's Portland Center for Public Humanities.
- Nina Shevchuk-Murray translated Oksana Zabuzhko's The Museum of Abandoned Secrets, a multigenerational saga of love, sex, friendship, and death spanning sixty tumultuous years of Ukrainian history.
- Attorney-at-Large, Gaynell Gavin’s novella, is forthcoming this year from Main Street Rag Publishing, which previously published her poetry chapbook, Intersections.
- Cara Morgenson has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Poland.
- John Duncan Talbird (Ph.D. 2004) is associate professor of English at Queensborough Community College-CUNY where he is assistant director of the writing program and co-coordinator of WID/WAC.
- Ian Olney was enrolled in the English doctoral program at UNL from 1998 to 2003 and pursued a course of study focusing on film.
- Karen Head earned her Ph.D. in English from UNL in 2004. Now an Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she is also the Director of GT's new state-of-the-art Communication Center.
- Xaviera Flores is the Project Archivist for the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Grant project "Labor Rights are Civil Rights/Los Derechos de Trabajo son Derechos Civiles" at Arizona State University Libraries' Archives and Special Collections.
- On February 7, 2012, UNL alum emily m. danforth's debut novel—The Miseducation of Cameron Post—will be published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
- Vanessa Steinroetter received her Ph.D. in English from UNL in May of 2011. She started her position as an Assistant Professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, in August, 2011, after spending four weeks as a Caleb Loring, Jr. fellow at the Boston Athenæum over the summer.
- Frank Wheeler received his MA in English from UNL in May of 2010.
- Sarah Knight graduated with a B.A. in English in 2009. In May 2012, she will complete a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Ryan Wiegert attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln from 1999-2004 and graduated with a B.A. in English.
- Derek Driedger (Ph.D. 2007) received the Dakota Wesleyan University Faculty Professional Excellence Award for the 2010-2011 school year.
- On August 2, 2011, Dave Madden's book, The Authentic Animal, will be available in bookstores.
- Faculty Faces at Hendrix College has featured Tyrone Jaeger in a recent article on their website.
- Jennifer Sinor earned her BA in English and Russian from UNL in 1991.
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Composition and Rhetoric specialist
The Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks a Composition and Rhetoric specialist.
Areas of interest that are especially welcome include:
- literacy theory and practice in schools, communities and multimodal/digital spaces
- scholarship of teaching and K-16 teacher development
- cross cultural rhetorics
- socially conscious writing pedagogies
The successful candidate will join a collaborative faculty providing leadership in any of the program’s areas of emphasis, including the Nebraska Writing Project, the undergraduate and graduate writing program, and the Writing Center.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in English or closely related field by August 2014, a record of excellent teaching, and a promising research program.
To be considered for the position go to https://employment.unl.edu/, requisition #F_130173 and click on Apply to this job.
For information about the application process or about the position, contact Professor Robert Brooke, Search Committee Chair, 402-472-1807, email@example.com. Review of applications will begin October 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.
We assure reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact Professor Brooke at 402-472-1807 for assistance. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance and dual careers.
Assistant/Associate Professor in Digital Humanities (Two Positions)
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will be continuing its cluster search in digital humanities during 2013/14 to further propel its signature program. We seek to hire two tenure-track faculty--one at the rank of assistant professor and the other as a late assistant or an associate professor.
Field of expertise is open within the humanities. Preference will be given to candidates engaged in the building of digital projects, archives, editions, models, tools, and other creative scholarly works in the digital medium.
Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype.
Candidates should be accomplished digital humanists able to contribute to a thriving interdisciplinary initiative and to a home department. Candidates must provide evidence of successful teaching and an active research agenda. PhD required by August 2014. The participating departments seek specialists who would contribute to UNL's research profile and teaching capacity in digital humanities.
Applicants should go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition #F_130176 and click on Apply to this job and complete the form.
Applicants should be prepared to attach the following to their online application: a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and a PDF or a link to one representative sample of their digital work. Please do not send paper applications.
Review of applications will begin November 4, 2013, and continue until suitable candidates are found.
For further information contact Andrew Jewell, search committee chair, at 402-472-5266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.
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Listen to Ted Kooser reading "So This Is Nebraska"
The transcript of this video follows.
I wrote this poem - Bill Kloefkorn, the state poet was one his way out to Grand Island [Nebraska] one time for a writing engagement out there. And I was sort of resentful that I hadn't been invited. And I thought I'd go home and write a real snotty poem about Nebraska, and have Bill read it out there in my absence. And I got home and I started to work on the poem. And I as the poem developed, I began to understand how much I really loved the state. This is that poem. Read So This is Nebraska.
Video by Wessels Living History Farm.
Frame by Frame
Recent Books Published by Department Faculty
On the left a random book title by one of the English Department's faculty will appear. You can also view a complete list of recent books or click the Random Title link to see another book by one of our faculty.
- Humanities on the Edge
- The Dickens Project
- Walt Whitman Archive
- Willa Cather Archive
- Nebraska Writing Project
- Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
Watch the "trailer" for "Humanities on the Edge" here.
Inaugurated in fall 2010 and co-organized by Dr. Marco Abel and Dr. Roland Végsö, "Humanities on the Edge" is a cross-disciplinary speaker series focusing on theoretical research in the Humanities. Each year the series features a special topic. For 2010/11, it was the "Political Turn" in the Humanities; for 2011/12 it was "Biopower/Biopolitics;" and for 2012-13 it is “Aesthetics/Performance/Politics.”
During its inaugural year, the series featured four speakers: Steven Shaviro (Wayne State U), who talked about his current work on Eastern European Cinema and argued that it might help us envision political alternatives to the capitalist status quo; Jeffrey Nealon (Penn State), who discussed the role literature might play as a tool for living in the age of "just-in-time capitalism"; Sande Cohen (California Institute for the Arts), who addressed the vexed issue of the role criticism plays in what he calls "the Age of Anti-Intellectualism"; and the world-renowned Argentine political theorist, Ernesto Laclau, lectured on "The Discursive Construction of Social Antagonisms.
In the fall 2011, Sara Guyer (U Wisconsin) presented John Clare's Grave and the politics of life; and Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) provided an incisive critique of social media and its relation to the discourse of democracy in the age of communicative capitalism. In the spring 2012, Michael Hardt (Duke) discussed the cycle of struggles of 2011 (the encampments and occupations) as manifesting a refusal and inversions of the very subjectivities that the ongoing economic and financial crisis produces; and Cesare Casarino (U Minnesota) discussed the need for a "Universality of the Common" as a strategy for imagining and producing a non-capitalist future.
In the fall of 2012, Mark Greif (Professor of Literary Studies, New School University), discussed the role aesthetic production plays for the status of reality in the age of Realty TV, and Lutz Koepnick (Professor of German, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis) turned to Werner Herzog’s documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams about the famous Chauvet Caves in Southern France in order to reflect on contemporary media aesthetic and the politics of time. In the spring of 2013, E. Patrick Johnson (Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University) gave a lecture entitled “Going Home Ain’t Always Easy: Performance and Ethics in the Black Gay South,” which included a performance based on his book Sweat Tea; and in her lecture “Communal Luxury,” Kristin Ross (Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University) revisited the Artists’ Manifesto proclaimed during the 1871 Paris Commune as a means to reexamine ideas developed by the Communards regarding education and the status of the artist from the perspective of our own moment, a context that includes the contemporary assault on higher education as well as the world-wide uprisings of 2011.
The Dickens Project is an important consortium for research on Charles Dickens and nineteenth-century literary and cultural studies centered at the University of California. With its official membership in the consortium, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln joins some of the finest institutions in the country including Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Vanderbilt, and NYU along with fellow Big Ten and CIC members Indiana, Penn State, Iowa, and Ohio State. The Project sponsors an annual Research Institute and collaborative symposium in early August on the Santa Cruz campus, a graduate conference on nineteenth-century British literature and culture held on another consortium campus each spring, occasional international conferences, as well as other institutes, colloquia, and lectures throughout the year. Through their participation in these conferences, UNL graduate students have the unique opportunity to meet and develop collegial relations with Victorianists from a wide range of research-intensive universities.
The Walt Whitman Archive is an electronic research and teaching tool that sets out to make Whitman's vast work, for the first time, easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers. Whitman, America's most influential poet and one of the four or five most innovative and significant writers in United States history, is the most challenging of all American authors in terms of the textual difficulties his work presents. He left behind an enormous amount of written material, and his major life work, Leaves of Grass, went through six very different editions, each of which was issued in a number of formats, creating a book that is probably best studied as numerous distinct creations rather than as a single revised work. His many notebooks, manuscript fragments, prose essays, letters, and voluminous journalistic articles all offer key cultural and biographical contexts for his poetry. The Archive sets out to incorporate as much of this material as possible, drawing on the resources of libraries and collections from around the United States and around the world. The Archive is directed by Kenneth M. Price (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Ed Folsom (University of Iowa).
The Willa Cather Archive is an ambitious endeavor to create a rich, useful, and widely-accessible site for the study of Willa Cather's life and writings. To that end, we are providing digital editions of Cather texts and scholarship free to the public as well as creating a large amount of unique, born-digital scholarly content. The Archive is a product of a partnership between the Archives and Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, The University of Nebraska Press, and the Cather Project at the University of Nebraska. More...
The Nebraska Writing Project (NEWP) is a network of professional educators and affiliated writers that provides opportunities to improve, enhance and celebrate writing for classrooms and communities across Nebraska.
NEWP believes that:
- The best teachers of writing are writers themselves.
- Teachers provide the best instruction for other teachers.
- Anyone, no matter their ability level, can improve their writing in a supportive context with other practicing writers.
- True school reform comes through democratic partnerships across grade levels.
- Teachers, students and communities benefit when teachers form networks with other teachers and draw on collective expertise.
The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) is a joint initiative of the University Libraries and the College of Arts & Sciences.
The Center advances interdisciplinary research in the humanities by creating unique digital content, developing tools to assist scholars in text analysis and visualization, and encouraging the use (and refinement) of international standards for humanities computing. CDRH offers forums, workshops, and research fellowships for faculty and students in the area of digital scholarship.
Though the primary responsibility of the Center is to work with humanists, the CDRH will provide advice to faculty in the social sciences and sciences engaged in interdisciplinary projects that may cross over into the humanities.