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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

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

A laser beam emitting a blue light is projected into a diamond anvil cell
Research | December 27, 2022

Groundbreaking discovery was the norm for Rebel researchers in 2022. Here's a selection of our favorite news-making UNLV research highlights from the year. 

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People | December 14, 2022

Five UNLV graduates will be recognized by President Keith E. Whitfield during winter commencement for their combination of academic excellence and service to the community.
 

UNLV cheerleaders during 2022 homecoming
Campus News | November 8, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made headlines locally, regionally, and internationally.

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Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

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People | September 22, 2022

For Emily Powers, some of her most important experiences at UNLV happened outside of the classroom — through the Honors College.

English In The News

Huffington Post
January 11, 2023

"For as long as I could remember, people told me I would look and feel better if I lost weight. ... By the time I was 10, I ritually put myself on weird diets."

Desert Companion
December 22, 2022

The Black Mountain Institute, Southern Nevada’s literary anchor, has taken a public relations gut punch. The former director resigned after exposing himself during a Zoom meeting with staff, prompting employees to anonymously pen an open letter that detailed “a fractured workplace rife with pay and labor inequalities.” Not long after that scandal died down, UNLV, where BMI is nestled in the English department, sold The Believer, the respected but financially insolvent literary magazine.

Nevada Independent
December 14, 2022

It’s easy to read about the massive numbers of tech layoffs in the headlines and miss something: These tens of thousands of eliminated positions correspond to people who may have chosen the tech industry with hopes of always being able to find a job. The layoff trends are continuing, though, with more than 160,000 jobs lost so far, and other tech companies now looking to weather tougher economic times through layoffs (a situation some tech CEOs are condemning). In just one month, Meta, Facebook’s parent company, laid off 13 percent of its workforce, which was 11,000 jobs, and as you read this, we all are front-row spectators to the enormous exodus at Twitter.

Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2022

Kevin de León knows the trauma many Angelenos carry. He has seen Black and brown men’s lives destroyed by powerful institutions that show them no mercy.

Today
October 24, 2022

Halloween vandals are no longer egging and toilet papering homes — they’re stealing lawn decor.

History
October 20, 2022

From biblical depictions of Christ casting out demons, to charismatic Christians in the '60s, to the story behind the 1973 movie, people have been attempting to expel evil for centuries.

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Recent English Accomplishments

February 5, 2023
On Saturday, February 4th, 2023, the BBC's Outlook program re-broadcast a 45-minute special on the life and work of UNLV visiting professor Roberto Lovato (English) and his award-winning memoir, Unforgetting. The program was broadcast worldwide.
January 28, 2023
Katherine Walker (English) published an article in Literature Compass titled, "State of the Field: Early Modern Magic." The article surveys recent scholarship on magic and suggests new approaches to the topic in early modern literary studies. 
December 5, 2022
Katherine Walker (English) published a chapter titled, "The Instinct of the Cook," in the edited collection In the Kitchen: 1500-1800 (Amsterdam University Press). 
November 16, 2022
Katherine Walker (English) was appointed as a co-editor to The Oxford Handbook of Christopher Marlowe. The handbook will bring together an international group of experts on the author Marlowe and offer new critical and theoretical approaches to early modern drama. 
November 8, 2022
Gary Totten (English) published a chapter, "Edith Wharton and the Narratives of Travel and Tourism," in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Edith Wharton, edited by Emily J. Orlando. Totten's chapter discusses how Wharton's travel writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century focuses on both the cultural value of serious travel and the…
November 7, 2022
John M. Bowers (English) had his study, “Audiences, Medieval and Modern,” published in Becoming the Pearl-Poet: Perceptions, Connections, Receptions, ed. Jane Beal (New York and London: Lexington Book, Studies in the Medieval Literature, 2022), 265-78.