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{ Spring 2009 }
  In Memoriam

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (1950-2009)

John Hope Franklin (1915-2009)

John Updike (1932-2009)

  Datelines - Literary News

Tina Barr on Teaching


Dear Friends of the English Department,

English faculty have been busy this spring planning for a new group of courses to be offered for the first time next year. These are the English Senior Research Seminars, a selection of intensive courses exclusively for senior majors. For 2009-2010 we will offer three seminars, each enrolling approximately 12 students. For the first half of the semester, these small groups will study major works of literature, familiarizing themselves with a specific period, genre, or problem in literary history. Following that intensive introduction, students will develop independent research projects, which they will pursue with the support of their professor and the other seminar participants.They will discuss the results of their research at several stages in workshop settings in the seminar, and the semester will culminate in a final conference, featuring major presentations from each student.These seminars will offer English majors the opportunity for guided individualized research typically available only to students at the graduate level, with structured assignments gradually giving way to student-directed inquiry. 
Next year we will offer three seminars. Scott Newstok, a Shakespearean who joined the department in 2007, presents “The Return to Philology,” a focused look at linguistic (i.e. “philological”) strategies of reading, with attention to particular words and their complex histories. Jason Richards, who joined us in 2008 in the fields of American and Postcolonial literature, offers “The American Gothic,” dealing with the darker and more skeptical strands of American literature in the nineteenth century. I’m fortunate in being able to offer the third seminar, “Studies in the Novel,” which considers the nature of the novel as a genre by looking at the very different kinds of fiction written by Walter Scott and Salman Rushdie. 
English courses in the past have always enrolled 18-25 students, so these new seminars, enrolling about 12, represent substantial progress in our ability to work intensively with advanced students. We’re looking forward to seeing the results of this experiment next year. Meanwhile, all of us at the top of Palmer Hall send you every good wish for the upcoming summer months.

Gordon Bigelow, Department Chair


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Reflections On: Being a Writing Fellow
Junior Halley Johnson looks back on her experience as a Writing Fellow during the 2008-9 school year. []
Spotlight On: Gender Studies Conference
Halley Johnson reports on the recent Associated Colleges of the South Gender Studies Conference held at Rhodes on March 6 and 7. []
Spotlight On: Professor Rychetta Watkins
Senior Allie Hemphill spends a moment with new assistant professor of English, Rychetta Watkins []
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