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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

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.

Hanna Andrews holding books in front of the Academic Success Center
People | October 7, 2019

She is inspired by the goals, values, and dreams of her students at the Academic Success Center.

English In The News

KNPR News
May 6, 2020

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

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.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 4, 2019

Two winners of the Yale Younger Poets prize will read from their work Oct. 22 as part of a nationwide celebration of the award’s 100th anniversary.

The Nevada Independent
September 25, 2019

The UNLV Faculty Senate voted to kill a proposed referendum Tuesday that would have recommended the Board of Regents extend the contract of interim UNLV President Marta Meana and postpone an ongoing search for a permanent replacement — a move that comes just days ahead of the first meeting Friday between the regents and the ad hoc presidential search committee.

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Recent English Accomplishments

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).
May 8, 2020
Lauren Paljusaj (English), along with Anne Savage and Susanna Newbury (both Art) wrote an essay that was published in Nevada Humanities' inaugural Double Down post on distance — part of its COVID-response series on human connection. The essay considers how to interpret photographs as meaningful points of time-lapsed contact. Using UNLV Special...
May 5, 2020
Lauren Paljusaj (English) and Anne Savage (Art) have been jointly awarded the University Libraries Lance & Elena Calvert prize for "Intimate Nevada," their research in photography in the UNLV Special Collections. This research reflected on concepts of the vernacular and the everyday in Southern Nevada. Mentors in Special Collections on this...
May 5, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce its 2019-20 award winners.  UNLV Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards Each year the Graduate College presents four awards for outstanding theses and dissertations (within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM). This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM...
May 1, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 Graduate College Medallion recipients. Graduate College Medallion recipients are exceptionally involved during their time as graduate students at UNLV. Medallions are given in the semester students graduate.  This semester's recipients are: Austin McKenna, Biological...
February 12, 2020
John Hay (English) is the author of “The Limits of Recovery: The Failure of James Gates Percival,” a scholarly article published in the winter 2020 issue of the journal Early American Literature. This essay examines the passage into obscurity of a man who was once the most famous poet in America and considers how the recent digitization of...