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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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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.

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.

English In The News

BYUradio
October 21, 2020

Sirius XM | Top of Mind with Julie Rose: There’s a lot of questions about what impact video games have on people. But there’s a positive new trend: some video games are starting to portray deep and vulnerable male friendships. In the video game Final Fantasy XV there is a lot of emotional connection between characters. You wouldn’t expect that kind of emotional friendship from a video game, right?

New York Times
September 11, 2020

When Felicia Campbell first saw what would become the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s campus back in 1962, she said, “My God, it’s a gas station.”

PBS
August 7, 2020

Zitkála-Šá: Trailblazing American Indian Composer and Writer | 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.

English Experts

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An expert in the literature of the United States.
An expert in 18th-century literature, novel history, and literary theory.
An expert on the storytelling in video games.

Recent English Accomplishments

October 16, 2020
P. Jane Hafen (English) was interviewed about Zitkala Sa on South Dakota Public Broadcasting in connection with Indigenous People's Day 
October 14, 2020
Evelyn Gajowski (English) has published The Arden Research Handbook of Contemporary Shakespeare Criticism, a comprehensive guide by an international team of leading scholars to those critical practices that dominate Shakespeare studies today. It includes chapters on 20 specific critical practices, each grounded in an analysis of a Shakespeare text...
September 22, 2020
P. Jane Hafen (English) delivered the keynote address for the John Whitmer Historical Association Conference. Additionally, her book, Essays on American Indian and Mormon History, co-edited with Brenden Rensink of Brigham Young University, won the association's award for best anthology of 2019. 
August 17, 2020
John M. Bowers (English) had his book, Tolkien's Lost Chaucer, which was published last year by Oxford University Press, recorded and released as an audiobook by Recorded Books, the world's largest distributor. This unabridged eAudio version is narrated by Jennifer M. Dixon.  
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...