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.
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.