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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

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Campus News | March 29, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top graduate and professional schools ranks 26 UNLV programs within nation’s top 100.

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Campus News | January 21, 2021

Brenden Oliva offers tips for optimizing online classes for mobile devices at Best Teaching Practices Expo.

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Arts and Culture | December 9, 2020

After a semester of learning the behind-the-scenes operations at the Barrick, junior J. Walsea offers advice for any student seeking internships as the pandemic rages on.

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Campus News | December 8, 2020

UNLV replaces remedial courses with “corequisite” courses so incoming students don't fall behind before they even start college.

People | November 24, 2020

‘Dark Days, Bright Nights’ by Matthew O'Brien presents vivid oral account of hope and recovery from homelessness.

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People | August 14, 2020

Known for pushing the envelope and for being ahead of the curve, English professor and pop culture advocate Felicia Campbell joined the UNLV faculty in 1962.

English In The News

Film Festival Today
July 23, 2021

Augustine Frizzell’s directorial debut, Never Goin’ Back, was an irreverent stoner comedy about two high-school-dropout waitresses which, though imperfect, felt fun and fresh.

Listverse
July 19, 2021

Not surprisingly, many horror movie villains suffer from serious mental illnesses, mental disorders, or physical diseases that cause bizarre behavior.

The Nevada Independent
July 2, 2021

Administrators, officials and lobbyists in the orbit of Nevada’s higher education system shared a common refrain coming out of this year’s legislative session: It could have been worse.

The College Fix
June 22, 2021

With the rise of hashtag movements like #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName, one professor from the California State University system wants her Victorian literature classes to be “more responsive to contemporary conversations about race and gender.”

Film Festival Today
June 18, 2021

In director Jeanne Leblanc’s latest film, a small town in Québec on the verge of recovering from a communal tragedy is shaken further once they find out that a local girl, 13-year-old Magalie, is pregnant and unwilling to reveal who the father is.

Elko Daily
June 8, 2021

Now, more than a year later since the coronavirus pandemic began, the prospect of re-entering the classroom en masse is fast-approaching reality for tens of thousands of Nevada students, including thousands who have never set foot on their own school campus.

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Recent English Accomplishments

May 27, 2021
Matthew S. Dentice (English) has written an opinion piece, "Anglo Saxonism and America's History of Racial Injustice" for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Religion and Ethics portal. This article explores the ways in which a persistent idealization of and identification with the Anglo-Saxons has fueled the United States' long history of...
May 25, 2021
Jessica Teague (English) has published a book with Cambridge University Press, Sound Recording Technology and American Literature, from the Phonograph to the Remix. Phonographs, tapes, stereo LPs, digital remix — how did these remarkable technologies impact American writing? This book explores how 20th-century writers shaped the ways we listen in...
May 24, 2021
The Great Works Academic Certificate (GWAC) program has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from the Teagle Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to make core texts in the humanities more widely read by UNLV students. The grant program is called Cornerstone: Learning for Living. Co-principal investigators on the project are David...
March 23, 2021
John M. Bowers (English) will have his book Tolkien's Lost Chaucer (Oxford University Press) featured as the subject of a session at the conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) to be held in Las Vegas in November.  PAMLA will host Bowers for a "creative conversation" during this session.  
March 22, 2021
David J. Morris (English) was interviewed about apophenia and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the NPR podcast "Throughline."   
March 11, 2021
P. Jane Hafen (English) appeared in a PBS webinar, "Unladylike2020: Elevating the Hidden History of American Women: Indigenous Changemakers."