Everyone has secrets—skeletons in the closet they hope, for whatever reason, will never be brought to light. Literary characters are certainly no exception. A classic example is that of the titular character of The Picture of Dorian Gray, who is kept young and beautiful by a hidden portrait that ages in his place.
All games have rules, whether they are explicit or implicit. In Monopoly, for example, when one lands on GO, one collects $200. Conversely, if one lands on another’s property, they must, as rules go, pay the stipulated rent. What one does not do, is take the next few turns of the board to develop a flamboyant plan to replenish their stores by robbing the bank in a wild, Dillinger-esque style. Does the player’s manual specifically discourage this? Well, no. But, you know. Inappropriate.
This story is the first of a recurring series on obsession. For this series, we reach out to a member of the department who has a very particular obsession and ask them to share it with the world. In this edition, Professor Karen Winstead shares her love of vampires.
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.