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Department of English News

The Department of English provides programs that transform students into engaged and informed citizens who enrich the vitality of their local and global communities. Our majors explore literature as an artistic medium from theoretical and historical perspectives. In the process, students hone their analytical and writing skills.

Current English News

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Arts and Culture |

March 21 reading  is part of Black Mountain Institute's Breakout Writers Series.

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Campus News |

Trauma-informed teaching expert Kaitlin Clinnin offers faculty guidance on navigating a potentially challenging semester.

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People |

The web communications specialist is here to turn your content from mid to Gucci. No cap.

Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories focused on research, expert insights, and academic achievement.

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People |

Safiyya Bintali will attend Educause’s annual conference and network with technology professionals to further her IT career goals.

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Arts and Culture |

Jarret Keene takes his students along on the writing process for a new young adult novel.

English In The News

Black Fox Literary Magazine

His blistering dystopian adventure novel Hammer of the Dogs was published by the University of Nevada Press in September.

Publishers Weekly

Majoring in English as undergrads in the early 1990s, Gen Xers like me hid our passions from the professors.


Jarret Keene, an assistant professor of English at UNLV, recently published a novel called Hammer of the Dogs, set in a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. It tells the story of Lash, a 21-year-old woman who is trying to save her peers and Las Vegas from forces that use technology in nefarious ways.

History Channel

Explore the origins behind witch costume features—the hat, the black dress, prominent nose and green skin.

Desert Companion

Food writer Kim Foster explores these associations and more, as part of UNLV’s University Forum Lecture series in collaboration with the Black Mountain Institute

City Cast Las Vegas

Author Jarret Keene, a UNLV English professor and book editor, has written poetry collections, a bio of The Killers — and now a futuristic adventure yarn titled “Hammer of the Dogs” (University of Nevada Press). He launches the novel next Tuesday, Sept. 12, with an event at The Writer’s Block.

English Experts

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Recent English Accomplishments

Carlos Tkacz (English) published "Is Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns Fascist? Resolving the Paradoxes of Heroic Violence​" in the Popular Culture Review, in which he argues that The Dark Knight Returns traces the polarizing paradoxes seen between the political left and right in the United States—the right at once advocating for…
Gary Totten (English) presented the keynote address, "Edith Wharton's Geographical Imagination: Notes from the Travel Writing," at an online event celebrating U.S. writer Edith Wharton's 162nd birthday, hosted by the Transatlantic Literary Women project at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and the Edith Wharton Society. In his talk, Totten…
Jarret Keene (English), author of the dystopian adventure novel, Hammer of the Dogs, was interviewed by Beyond Thought, the undergraduate creative arts journal based at UNLV. You can read the interview, written by Leonard Brattoli (English), on the journal's blog by clicking here.
Jarret Keene (English) recently appeared on the Florida Book Club podcast to talk about his science-fiction adventure novel Hammer of the Dogs (University of Nevada Press, 2023), growing up in Tampa in the 1980s, heavy metal, comic books, book bans, and the difference between Florida and Nevada. Listen here.
Gary Totten’s (English) edited book "A Companion to the Multiethnic Literature of the United States," has been published by Wiley-Blackwell. Totten edited the book and wrote the introduction and a chapter on travel, mobility and multiethnic US literature. Other UNLV faculty also contributed to the book, with Jessica E. Teague (English) and former…
Siddharth Srikanth (English) published an article titled, "National Sovereignty and the Postcolonial Bildungsroman," in the journal Genre.