Folklore faculty and students from various departments across campus—though primarily in English and Comparative Studies—attended the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from October 18 to 21, 2017. The conference theme, "Community: Resistance, Reclamation and Re-Creation" encouraged folklorists to explore "the absent, invisible and counter narratives of communities in our midst."
Contrary to popular belief, not all English majors end up working at Starbucks. In fact, English majors are three-times more likely to go into computer or math careers than they are to go into food service. Despite the decades-old persistence of the English major barista myth, Jenny Patton manages to dispel it with ease in the glorious first few minutes of her class, English 3150: Career Preparation for Humanities Majors. The students in Patton’s class this semester have career plans that include grant writing, advertising, event planning, marketing, technical writing, advocacy and beyond.
Shakespeare is one of the most important literary figures in the English tradition. He has influenced countless authors over the course of several centuries—from William Faulkner, author of The Sound and the Fury, to Karen McCullah, screenwriter of the movie adaptations of many Shakespeare plays, such as She’s the Man and 10 Things I Hate About You.
Knowing oneself can be extremely difficult; many spend their entire lives undertaking the task. Professor Nick White’s course, English 4575: Special Topics in Literary Forms and Themes—Tainted Love: Queer Narratives, 1963 to Present Day, explores this question of self definition as it is explored in contemporary queer narratives. This particular lecture involved a discussion of the Audre Lorde’s 1982 novel Zami.
The Department of English is proud to announce that Distinguished University Professor and Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor James Phelan and Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor Frederick Aldama have been selected by the University Institute for Teaching and Learning as mentors in the Faculty FIT: Foundation, Impact, Transformation program. A year-long experience for faculty members new to Ohio State, the Faculty FIT program focuses on active support for faculty at all levels of teaching experience. As a part of Faculty FIT, a mentorship program pairs new faculty with mentors who will share their teaching knowledge and experiences at Ohio State.
He opened his mouth and out poured a flood of water. He then reached into his pockets and pulled out handfuls of gravel, sand and dirt and repeatedly rubbed them on his face and chest. Next to him stood another man, screaming. A woman near the back of the stage broke out in a disturbing song, wailing in a minor key. Suddenly, another woman appeared stage left, pushing boulders out toward the rest of the performers. In unison, they each stepped on the rocks and stood there, silent, staring at the audience.
“Where must we go, we who wander this wasteland, in search of our better selves?” – The First History of Man, a fictional book from the Mad Max universe
Most people have encountered a work of art—a book, a film, a song—they relate to. On Ohio State’s Columbus campus, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor Frederick Luis Aldama teaches a course on the way media, specifically comic books as seen in print or on film, relates to and portrays the many facets of society, such as race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and disability. English 3378: Special Topics in Film and Literature—Film and Comics, taught at the Gateway Film Center, encourages students to take a deeper look into the familiar content of comics and encourages them to consume said content on a broader, more universal level.