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What We’re Writing/Reading

Dr. Shanti Weiland I am currently editing my poetry manuscript, “Cracked Planet,” which is a dark, modern fairytale that explores the relationship between time and memory. I imagine the manuscript as a photo album of relationships (romantic and platonic) that emerge from the understanding of familial experience and the balance (and, at times, incongruent nature) […]

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Going to Bat for Writers: An Interview with Melinda Fields

Since 2004, Melinda Fields has been an invaluable part of the First-year Writing Program, serving as a liaison between students, teachers, and the Director. One of her many tasks includes helping students register for 100-level courses, a duty that she balances with her work as a Well Bama Ambassador. When I first walk into Fields’ […]

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Michelle Dowd: New Director of the Hudson Strode Program

Michelle Dowd joined the University of Alabama in the fall of 2016 as Hudson Strode Professor of English and Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Before joining the faculty at Alabama, she taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at Fordham University. Her work primarily concerns the intersection of […]

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Cassie Smith’s New Book: Black Africans in the British Imagination

“Early” is the keyword when talking about Cassie Smith. Smith describes herself as an “early African Americanist and an early Americanist and an early Modernist.” Her new book, Black Africans in the British Imagination, explores representations of black Africans in the early Americas. Smith is interested in the narratives that lie outside the realm of […]

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Report: English Major Recruitment Task Force

In the fall 2016, Department Chair Joel Brouwer put together an ad hoc committee, or task force, to look into recruiting new English majors.  This faculty group, including Lauren Cardon, John Estes, James McNaughton, Luke Niiler, Deborah Weiss, Duncan Yoon, and, in fall semester, Ray Wachter—has extended its purview to increasing minors as well as […]

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Report: Diversity Committee Achievements

The Diversity Committee is comprised of five members—two tenure/tenure-track faculty, one instructor, one graduate student, and one undergraduate major. These members are Dr. Cassie Smith (chair), Dr. Nikhil Bilwakesh, Dr. Mary-Margaret Popova, Stephanie Parker (graduate student representative), and Maya Perry (undergraduate English major). Our basic charge is to keep track of all the ways the […]

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2017 Symposium

Black/White Intimacies: Reimagining History, the South, and the Western Hemisphere Department of English, University of Alabama Hotel Capstone, Tuscaloosa, Alabama This two-day symposium explores interracial interactions and the forming of American culture during the antebellum period and beyond. We will be joined by a host of emerging and established scholars from academic institutions in the […]

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Seeing it from all Sides: Sarah Sides Transitions into New Position with Department of English

Most UA undergraduates rarely see Sarah Sides even if they are the direct recipients of her hard work, scheduling their courses and classrooms. It’s easy to wonder how this UA alumna with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and French found herself working in the Department of English but to Sides, her arrival in Morgan Hall […]

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