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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 | January 24, 2022

The religious studies coordinator talks about the 'petri dish of hope' that is UNLV.

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People | January 21, 2022

Longtime administrator and pioneering professor was instrumental in moving UNLV past its "Tumbleweed Tech" days. 

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Campus News | January 12, 2022

Liberal Arts faculty tackle affordability of course materials in first-year seminars as campus begins incorporating more open access resources.

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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.

English In The News

Las Vegas Sun
March 30, 2022

U.S. News & World Report recognized 23 UNLV programs, including 13 from the William S. Boyd School of Law, in its annual list of top graduate and professional schools.

Hyperallergic
December 30, 2021

Elena Brokaw’s work serves as a reminder of the tangible remains of American foreign interference and state-sanctioned violence in Guatemala — the pieces left over, decades after the collective American conscience has moved on.

The New Yorker
December 28, 2021

Fiction writers love it. Filmmakers can’t resist it. But does this trope deepen characters, or flatten them into a set of symptoms?

The Nation
November 15, 2021

Well before PTSD became an official diagnosis, his classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five described the psychic wounds of war.

KNPR News
November 9, 2021

The Guatemalan government killed her father. Elena Brokaw seeks to remember him through art.

A Writer's Path
November 1, 2021

Simply put, editors are busy people.

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Recent English Accomplishments

May 6, 2022
Patricia A. Heisser Metoyer (English, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Studies) was awarded a Los Angeles Review Board ( LARB ) Publishing Workshop Fellowship from June 27 to July 30. The Los Angeles Review of Books will host the fifth annual LARB Publishing Workshop, guiding a new cohort of students through the world of publishing with incredible…
May 4, 2022
Katherine Walker (English) published the article "'Palpable to Thinking': Othello and Gross Conceits" in English Literary Renaissance. The article looks at the mathematical and magical understandings of the term "gross" during the Renaissance to argue that Shakespeare's play juggles with these concepts in its consideration of the tensions between…
April 14, 2022
Kaitlin Clinnin (English) was recently interviewed for the podcast "Pedagogue." In the interview, she discusses gun violence and trauma in educational contexts, emotional labor and writing program administration, crisis management and response in higher education, and technology during the pandemic.
March 23, 2022
Roberta Sabbath (English), Cathy Allen, (Dance), and Shahab Zargari (Fine Arts) will be speaking at the 2022 Conney Jews and the Arts about the interdisciplinary project Shoah Survivor Choreographic Collaboration: A Docudance Film Exploring the Memories of Four Holocaust Survivors. The project represents the intersection of oral history, film,…
March 22, 2022
Katherine Walker (English) presented a paper titled "'Alas, she has no speech': Emilia's Trauma in Othello" at the Renaissance Conference of Southern California. 
February 17, 2022
Matthew S. Dentice (English) has had a short story, "The Curse of the Santiago," included in Historic Tales, an anthology of historical fiction published by Free Spirit. Historic Tales was released on Feb. 16.