English News and Accolades


Faculty News

  • Lara Crowley has a new book coming out in September titled Manuscript Matters: Reading John Donne's Poetry and Prose in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018).
  • The Department of English welcomes Dawn Sibley.  Dawn is our new Office Support Specialist.  She will be working with Dr. Jessica Reyman in the Department of English Graduate Studies Program.
  • Doris Macdonald has received several recognitions.  She received the CLAS Outstanding Faculty Award 2018.  Dr. Macdonald was also accepted on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a 3 year term.  Finally, she requested from Fulbright Specialist Roster for a 6 week project with Mulawarman University in East Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Michael Day recently received a Certificate of Continued Service and Support of the Breakfast Buddies Mentorship Program.  This recognition was presented by the Council of Writing Program Administrators at the CWPA Conference in Sacramento on July 27th.
  • Betty Birner had an article published in June:  “On constructions as a pragmatic category.”  Language 94.2:e158-e179. 
  • Betty Birner was interviewed for an article in Fast Company.  The article is titled "How Language Shapes Our Perception of Reality."
  • Ibis Gomez-Vega has published an essay titled "Censoring the Essentialist Call of the Wild in Amy Newman's 'Darwin's Unfinished Notes to Emma.'" Journal of American Studies in Turkey 48 (Spring 2018): 45-63.  The essay is based on a poem written by Amy Newman.
  • Style, Vol 52. #1 & # 2 (Spring 2018), a double issue, guest edited by Prof James Phelan (Ohio State English Dept and editor, Narrative):  1) Phelan’s `Target Essay: Authors Resources Audiences;’  2) Responses to the TE from some 25 scholars from Europe, China, & North America;  3) Phelan’s `Rejoinders’ to each. Plus a book review by NIU’s own Ph.D., Brian Edwards:  “Kay Redfield Jamison’s Robert Lowell -- Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character.”
  • Style, Vol 52.3 (Summer 2018), Essays & reviews on films, on Post-Apocalyptic fiction; Les Rouages de l’intrigue; and on the fiction of Poe, O’Connor, Melville & Conrad, and Shirley Jackson, as well as on American poetry, 1979-2012, and the writings  of Dickinson, and Chaucer. 
  • There is a book review of Kay Redfield Jamison's new:  Robert Lowell:  Setting the River on Fire -- A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character (2018), and reviewed by NIU's own Ph.D., Dr. Brian Edwards, author of Mood Spectrum in Graham Greene (2015).

Student News

  • Paul LubenKov, an NIU graduate, has published a new book titled Tap Dancing on the Razor's Edge.  You can find out more about this publication by reviewing the publication flyer, the reading events flyer and the reading events schedule.
  • Jennifer Fife is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Jr. Schriber Scholar Award from the Department of English!
  • The following undergraduate students are the 2018-2019 scholarship/award winners in English:
    • Orville and Adra Baker English Scholarship: Maria Gonzalez
    • John C. and Judith M. Gurley Scholarship: Margaret Hitchcock
    • Rosalie Hewitt Scholarship in English Katie Simpson
    • Marjorie K. Winters Scholarship: Savanna Weitzel
    • Lynne Waldeland Scholarship in English: Catherine Carter and Brooklynn Gosnell 
    • Orville Baker Essay Awards:
      • First Place: Hailey Johnson, a tie for “‘The Past and Future Merge To Meet Us Here’: Convergence of High Art and Pop Culture in Beyoncé’s Lemonade” (ENGL 304, taught by Ryan Hibbett) and “If the Form Vanishes…” (ENGL 493, taught by Joe Bonomo)
      • Second Place: Maritza Huerta for “‘To live, love, and fully heal’ in Jonah’s Gourd Vine: Black marital relationships post-slavery” (ENGL 381, taught by Tim Ryan)
      • Third Place: Lenora Murphy for “‘Anything Coming Back to Life Hurts’: An Analysis of Rebirth in Toni Morrison’s Beloved” (ENGL 200, taught by Deborah DeRosa)
    • Richard H. Howland Poetry Writing Award: Sze Ying Lim
    • Mike and Anne Malone Award for Short Fiction: Sze Ying Lim for “Remember December 31”
    • Jeannie A. Hainds Award for Teacher Licensure in English: Ashley Liggins, Zahra Muhsin, and Amanda Riley
    • CLAS Exemplary Student Teacher Awards: Stephen Brejcha and Melissa McCarter
    • Dean’s Award: Ryan Janovic

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