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Dr. Raymond Wachter: English Instructor

Dr. Raymond Wachter studied creative writing and received his B.A. in English from the University of Iowa. He studied American literature and received his M.A. and PhD in English from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. A recent Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Pinch, Tipton Poetry Journal, Burnt Bridge, Knock, Verdad, Phantasmagoria, Apalachee Review, and other online and print journals. It is always a pleasure to sit down with […]

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Hali Felt: English Professor

Hali Felt may be a fresh face within The University of Alabama’s Department of English, but her impressive accomplishments could convince anyone that she has already established a name for herself. Growing up with a love for creative writing and the arts, she knew that her passion lay within these fields. Having recently having moved to the South, she is ready for a new adventure and excited for what lies ahead. Where did you study/do your residencies? I obtained my […]

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Brian Oliu: Video Games and the Writing Process

This fall, I had the opportunity to sit down with The University of Alabama MFA graduate and current UA English Instructor Brian Oliu to discuss his career as a teacher and a writer. Mr. Oliu works with numerous publications around Tuscaloosa, the subjects of which range from local interests to video games. He is an acclaimed writer and teacher across a wide range of subjects and offers students a unique way to study creative writing. His enthusiasm for writing and […]

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Another Great Year Learning Teen Shakespeare

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview the UA Department of English’s Dr. Natalie Loper. She earned her PhD. at UA in Renaissance Studies and teaches a class called, “Teen Shakespeare,” where students study contemporary takes on Shakespeare plays in current movies. She came to UA to pursue her MA and PhD through the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Loper explains, “I loved my Shakespeare classes in high school and college, and I was really excited to be a […]

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UA Crimson Spotlight: Get to Know Professor Jennifer Drouin

One of the vital cogs in the proud machine that is The University of Alabama Department of English is Jennifer Drouin. She is an assistant professor who teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. We are extremely lucky to have a professor who feels as strongly about the arts, particularly Shakespearean literature. Professor Drouin also recently had a book published called Shakespeare in Quebec: Nation, Gender and Adaptation, published in March 2014. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Professor Drouin on […]

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Continuous Learning: An Interview with Abraham Smith

As an MFA student at The University of Alabama, Abraham Smith spent his time honing his craft as a writer. Now, as an Instructor in the Department of English, Smith says he continues to learn every day. When he’s not in the classroom teaching, Smith can be found writing. With plenty of publications under his belt, including four books of poetry, Smith practices what he learned while a student at UA. Recently, I sat down with Smith to chat about […]

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The Language of Writing: An Interview with Kevin Waltman

The office hours start early for Kevin Waltman. He leaves Coker, Alabama at the crack of dawn and arrives on campus in time to enjoy a silent office on the second floor of Morgan Hall. He prepares for his classes and even writes a few more pages in his novel Slump, the second in his Young Adult series. His commute to campus may seem long, but his journey away from his native Indiana was longer and ultimately triggered teaching and […]

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An Interview with Professor Emily Wittman

Dr. Emily Ondine Wittman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at The University of Alabama. She is the Director of the Program in Comparative and World Literature, has served as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow in the College of Arts & Sciences from 2010 to 2013, and was the recipient of the university-wide Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award in 2010. She got her B.A. in Philosophy at Yale and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Princeton. A prolific […]

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2015 Symposium

Literature of Status / Status of Literature Friday, March 6, 2015 Session One: Jane Austen 8:30am-9:30am Anticipatory Ecofeminism: Jane Austen and the Status of Women Shelby Heathcoat (University of North Alabama) Marketing the Roots of Englishness and the Geography of a Transnational Jane Austen Deirdre Mikolajcik (University of Kentucky) Session Two: Slave Narratives 9:45am-10:45am Broken English, Broken Morality: European Language as a Symbol of Virtue in The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Samantha S. Caddis (University of […]

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From the Chair

To the English Department Community, Here at the beginning of my term as Department Chair, I welcome this opportunity to share with you the current situation of the Department and our accomplishments over the past year. During 2013-2014 the English Department had 36 tenure-track faculty (12 Assistant Professors, 9 Associate Professors, and 15 Professors), although two of the professors served elsewhere in the University in administrative capacities. For the first time, we also had two faculty in Clinical Lecturer Track […]

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