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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

March 9, 2021

The line between life and death is a fine one, and it is sometimes difficult to identify. Although one government has found it necessary to warn its citizens to refrain from playing doctor by trying to determine whether a family member has died, even physicians, nurses, paramedics, and other professionals sometimes have trouble pinpointing the cause of death or, indeed, even whether death has actually occurred. The thought that medical experts could pronounce living people dead may seem astounding, but this declaration actually happens much more often than we might think.

The Nevada Independent
February 25, 2021

Even as hopes remain high that new federal coronavirus relief could buoy state coffers, concerns over expected 12 percent cuts came to the fore Wednesday as members of the joint budget subcommittee on K-12 and higher education met for an initial overview of higher education funding.

The Salt Lake Tribune
February 16, 2021

Last week, commotion broke out in North Ogden over Maria Montessori Academy’s decision allowing parents to opt out of a social studies unit spotlighting Black History Month. School director Micah Hirokawa “reluctantly” made this concession, yielding to parental pressure for exemption from the curriculum.

February 11, 2021

Anyone who’s had a pet dog, cat, or other animal is well aware of their amazing abilities. A dog can smell scents and odors imperceptible to people, and a cat’s fantastic balance and nimble coordination are greater than those of the most gifted acrobat or gymnast. Animals that aren’t usually kept as pets also exhibit incredible powers, such as hibernation, using sonar to navigate, walking on water, and delivering powerful electrical shocks to prey or threatening predators. These astonishing powers aren’t the only ones animals possess, though, as the 10 recently discovered awesome animal abilities on this list clearly attest.

February 5, 2021

Like most Americans, I watched the January 6 Capitol insurrection on television with a tortured mix of horror, disgust and awe. As a former Marine officer, my disgust grew, then eventually boiled over as I noticed that mingling in the throngs of malignant supposed super-patriots and frothing conspiracy junkies were serious-looking guys outfitted in tactical gear, wearing unit patches and insignia that I recognized.

February 4, 2021

Despite centuries of study, the universe remains largely mysterious, as does the planet we call home. The unknown inspires both wonder and curiosity, which, in turn, often prompt questions. Seeking answers, we gather facts, form hypotheses, and conduct observations or experiments. Sometimes, we remain puzzled. The causes of unlikely phenomena, of seemingly impossible developments, and of strange occurrences continue to mystify us.

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Recent English Accomplishments

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."  
February 26, 2021
Evelyn Gajowski (English) published the chapter, "'As if a Man were Author of Himself': Fantasies of Omnipotence and Autonomy," in the essay collection, Coriolanus: A Critical Reader. The chapter analyzes the resonances between Caius Martius Coriolanus and Donald Trump, interrogating the emergence of the Roman republic, on the one hand, and the...
February 5, 2021
David J. Morris (English) wrote an opinion piece for CNN.com about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and the military veterans who took part in the Jan. 6 attack/insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.    
November 6, 2020
Timothy Erwin (English) chaired the opening panel of The Intermedial Eighteenth Century: Textual and Visual Arts, 1660-1832, a virtual conference hosted by Northumbria University in the United Kingdom.  Tim was recently named to the Advisory Board for the Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture at Shanghai University in China, and his essay...