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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

Activist Post
October 6, 2021

Many universities supply tools that allow students to report their peers for incidents involving speech or COVID-19 protocols.

August 20, 2021

While it is probably true that most people are not scientifically illiterate, it is likely to be equally true that many, if not most, individuals have gaps in their knowledge and understanding of the sciences and have several false ideas about such fields of study.

August 9, 2021

Trolling, the online antagonizing of others, is caused, in part, by trolls’ own personality traits, although genetics and the environment also play roles.

Film Festival Today
July 23, 2021

Augustine Frizzell’s directorial debut, Never Goin’ Back, was an irreverent stoner comedy about two high-school-dropout waitresses which, though imperfect, felt fun and fresh.

July 19, 2021

Not surprisingly, many horror movie villains suffer from serious mental illnesses, mental disorders, or physical diseases that cause bizarre behavior.

The Nevada Independent
July 2, 2021

Administrators, officials and lobbyists in the orbit of Nevada’s higher education system shared a common refrain coming out of this year’s legislative session: It could have been worse.

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Recent English Accomplishments

October 19, 2021
John M. Bowers (English) had his book Tolkien's Lost Chaucer (Oxford University Press) recognized by the Mythopoeic Society's 2021 award for scholarship in inkling studies.
October 4, 2021
Christopher Perkins (English) published "Love Letter to Great Salt Lake" in The Salt Lake Tribune. The newspaper published the letter as a special column. The letter hopes to raise awareness around the fragility of a uniquely remarkable lake and appreciation for how commercial activity and a changing climate are impacting it. 
September 15, 2021
Anne Stevens (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies; English) published the revised second edition of Literary Theory and Criticism: An Introduction. The second edition features new or expanded coverage of affect theory, critical race theory, disability studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and transgender studies.
September 13, 2021
Anne Savage (Art) and Lauren Paljusaj (English) have installed their planned photographic research exhibition in the display cases outside Special Collections entrance on the Library's third floor. "Intimate Nevada" reflects on the hisotry of Southern Nevada through photographs of early settlers and architecture. Accompanying content to the...
August 23, 2021
Timothy Erwin (English) has given several recent talks at online meetings, speaking in Paris on “The Discourse of the Eye: Romeo and Juliet and Hogarth’s Marriage A-la-Mode” for the Société Française Shakespeare last March; on “The Sister Arts in The Deserted Village” for the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies last April in Toronto;...
August 16, 2021
Robert Hunt, Zakai Olsen and Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) published "Thermo-mechanical response of the twisted and coiled polymer actuator (TCPA): a finite element analysis (FEA)," in the journal Smart Materials and Structures. Hunt and Olsen are doctoral graduates of UNLV.