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Department of English News

The English department offers a variety of courses in literature, language and writing. Our majors explore literature as an artistic medium from both theoretical and historical perspectives, in the process honing students' analytical and writing skills.

Current English News

portrait of Matthew Montalto, Admissions Analyst, Graduate College. 
People | August 10, 2020

It may not be the theater Matthew Montalto once dreamed of working in, but the admissions analyst loves his job at the UNLV Graduate College.

view of UNLV building and Las Vegas skyline
Arts and Culture | May 16, 2020

English professor Claudia Keelan's poem finds a graduating class in the midst of perhaps the most unusual circumstances surrounding commencement in UNLV history.

professor in empty classroom
Campus News | April 24, 2020

As instruction moves online, educators and students adapt

Alice Hasings standing next to a cactus
People | April 13, 2020

The Honors College’s new academic advisor dishes on remote work, flying pizza, and making strong connections on campus.

John Bowers poses in front of a bookshelf.
People | December 2, 2019

The longtime English professor says teaching Tolkien at UNLV helped him make his greatest literary discovery.

A man in  a blue shirt stands behind a chair.
People | October 24, 2019

College of Liberal Arts Alumnus of the Year Greg Morris stays active in university activities, and sent two of his sons to the School of Law.

English In The News

Vegas PBS
August 7, 2020

Illuminating the stories of extraordinary American heroines from the early years of feminism, American Masters — Unladylike2020 is a multimedia series consisting of a one-hour special for broadcast (Unladylike2020: The Changemakers) and 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century. These women achieved many firsts, including earning an international pilot’s license, becoming a bank president, founding a hospital, fighting for the desegregation of public spaces, exploring the Arctic, opening a film studio, and singing opera at Carnegie Hall.

KNPR News
July 7, 2020

A look at creativity in a time of stress, in two parts.

KNPR News
July 2, 2020

In January 2018, Ben Ehrenreich packed up his car and left his home in Joshua Tree to spend the next few months living in downtown Las Vegas on a fellowship with the Black Mountain Institute.

The Nevada Independent
May 4, 2020

For some classes, taking a test requires setting up a webcam so artificial intelligence-driven software can keep a watchful eye and sniff out would-be cheaters. For others, the Socratic method lives on via Zoom calls and Google Hangouts.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 19, 2020

The topic to be explored: Where we are now and what might happen next.

Our Culture Mag
October 7, 2019

John M. Bowers, a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, presented his latest book Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer. Previously Professor Bowers has written books on Chaucer, Langland, and the Gawain Poet.

English Experts

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Recent English Accomplishments

August 7, 2020
P. Jane Hafen (English) was a featured commenter on "UNLADYLIKE 2020: Unsung Women who Changed America" on American Masters on PBS. She spoke about Zitkala-Sa, Yankton Sioux activist. Additionally, she participated in an online panel discussing the program for Utah PBS.
August 5, 2020
Erin Zimmerman (Writing Center) published an article, "Locating Visual Communication across Disciplines: How Visual Instruction in Composition Textbooks differs from that in Science-writing Textbooks" in Across the Disciplines. This study compares how a corpus of 60 science writing textbooks and composition textbooks address visual communication...
July 31, 2020
Gary Totten (English) wrote "Mobility, Skepticism, and Counter-storytelling in African American Travel Writing: Carl Rowan's South of Freedom," which has been published in the Journal of American Studies. In the article, he discusses Rowan's narrative of his travels through the U.S. South in the 1950s, showing how Rowan's resistance to systemic...
July 2, 2020
P. Jane Hafen (English) is the author of Help Indians Help Themselves: The Later Writing of Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa), which has been featured as book of the Month on Native America Calling.    
June 4, 2020
Brittany Paloma Fiedler and Niki Fullmer (both Libraries) will present "Latinx Students in a Hispanic-Serving Institution's Academic Library" at the California Academic and Research Libraries Association 2020 virtual conference. The presentation will include preliminary findings from surveys and interviews of Latinx students at UNLV and their...
May 20, 2020
Gary Totten (English) has published an article, “Wharton’s Wild West: Undine Spragg and the Dakota Divorce,” in the journal Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory. He examines Edith Wharton's portrayal of western U.S. divorce colonies in the early 20th century in her novel The Custom of the Country (1913).