Tainted Love: Queer Narratives Course Profile

October 25, 2017
“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” -Audre Lorde

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.

Phelan and Aldama Selected as Faculty FIT Mentors

October 19, 2017
Block O

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.

Literary Locations–Greece: Meshing Myth with Modernity

October 2, 2017
Greece cityscape

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.

Reading Between the Frames: Film and Comics Course Profile

September 28, 2017
Mad Max Furiosa

“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.

Kathy Fagan Grandinetti: Ohio Poet of the Year

September 18, 2017
Kathy Fagan

Each year, one deserving Ohioan is chosen as the Ohio Poetry Association’s "Ohio Poet of the Year." This prestigious award is given out to a poet who has published an impressive book of poetry within the past two years. This year, that deserving recipient is the department's very own Kathy Fagan Grandinetti.