Call for Papers

November 14th, 2016 § 0

e.g., the journal of exemplary undergraduate scholarship, is currently inviting submissions for their winter special issue on violence. This issue will consider violence in all its forms, from state-sponsored violence to the violence of political discourse. We invite submissions that engage and critique such forms of violence through a distinct disciplinary lens: literary or textual studies, political science, history, or a clearly articulated interdisciplinary approach.

Though a broad range of work addressing issues of violence will be considered for the special issue, contributors might begin by considering the following topics:

·  The aesthetics of violence in post-World War II British fiction

·  The rhetorical violence of electoral and political infrastructures: the two-party system, televised debates, or op-eds

·  The intersection between catastrophe and state violence as explored through mainstream media news coverage

·  The violent treatment of gendered bodies in Oscar-nominated films 2000-present

The focus of January’s special issue is violence, but we welcome submissions on any topic. Be aware that general submissions, if accepted, will not be published until a future issue at the discretion of the editorial board.

All submissions must be 5000-7000 words, in .doc or .docx format, follow MLA guidelines, and include a 250-word abstract outlining project goals and how the contribution meaningfully engages ongoing scholarly conversations. 

For non-traditional submissions (multimodal compositions), please submit via .pdf or .jpeg format and expand the abstract to 500 words. The extended abstract should include an explanation of the author’s design choices and how these choices meaningfully engage the theme of violence. Please also include contributor’s full name, academic affiliation and email address.

Deadline for January’s issue: December 1st

Please direct all submissions and questions to: 

Tributes to English Department’s Rome Study Abroad: Art & Incarnation

October 28th, 2016 § 0

Here’s what Mary Dominguez, English major and just-graduated alum, has to say about the English Department’s Art & Incarnation study-abroad program in Rome, which is ramping up to take place in June:

“I chose Rome because the program is during the summer and because, it’s ROME. It’s an unreal city. And the experience is that much fuller with seasoned professors- I don’t think any question went unanswered. That trip forever has a piece of my heart.”

Another participant of the trip, Madeline McDonald, had this to say about her experience:

“Rome was a dream I didn’t even know I was dreaming of until I set my first steps in the charming cobbled streets of Trastevere. The heat was sweltering, the knowledge of art and literature that I gained more than I thought two people could share in such a short time, and the food was phenomenal. This trip was something I didn’t think could exist in such perfection. Of course it had its kinks and a recommendation I can thoroughly give is to engage in the exploration of the city on your own, but if all you do is listen to Dr. Kresser’s free-flowing lectures on art history, or Dr. Maier’s romantic tales of this glorious city, you will have experienced something wonderful and life-changing. I cannot recommend this program enough or tout it to more people. It is something I will always look back on fondly, and I hope that others are able to have similar and even better experiences than I had; this is a trip you do not want to miss.”

Internships for English Majors Discussed

October 27th, 2016 § 0

Darren Davis, Internship Coordinator for Seattle Met magazine, will visit campus to discuss internships in publishing.

Monday, November 14, 2016

6:00 pm

Demaray Hall 259

Yelena Bailey Joins English Department

October 27th, 2016 § 0


Yelena Bailey is the newest addition to the English Department faculty. Fresh from her graduate program at UC—San Diego, Professor Bailey says she was attracted to SPU by “its healthy sense of community.” She continues, “In contrast to my experiences teaching at universities and colleges in southern California, as well as my time as a graduate student, I knew my scholarship and teaching would be seen as a valuable contribution to [SPU’s] mission.”

As a classroom instructor, Professor Bailey is keen to emphasize how course content relates to students’ lives and, as importantly, how it will promote “critical thinking and reflection that will continue far beyond the boundaries of the classroom.” Her research interests lie in “understanding the cultural and political histories that contextualize black diaspora literature, as well as how this literature corresponds to political and identity formations,” she writes.

The path to an English professorship wasn’t exactly straightforward for Dr. Bailey but all the more meaningful for its thoughtful twists and turns. “When people find out that I received my bachelor’s degree in physics, they often ask me how I ended up becoming an English professor,” she writes. “The answer is that I took a Spanish and Latin American literature course my freshman year and was astounded by what I learned about world history and issues of social justice. I realized then that literature is unique in its ability to cultivate empathy and convey experiences and histories that were formerly unknown to a reader.

“During that first semester of college, I got hooked. I added a second major in Spanish and Latin American literature, began to study Cuba, and eventually made my way to African-diaspora and English-language literature in graduate school. As clichė as it sounds, I became a professor because I want to inspire similar moments of cultural and social awakening in my students.”

Welcome, Professor Bailey!


English Department Reunion

October 6th, 2016 § 0

English Department Reunion

Saturday, October 8th

9-11 am

Emerson Hall Lobby

What’s being billed as SPU’s Grand Reunion–a celebration of Seattle Pacific’s 125th anniversary–kicks off this Friday and continues into the weekend. Alums of the English major are especially invited to attend a reception hosted by your former professors, who want to see you again.  Come reconnect over coffee with profs and fellow majors.  Hear about what’s new, as in new faculty members and a new lit major.

A tad early on a Saturday morning for some of you, assuming you’ve kept your college habits.  Rouse yourself nonetheless!  This may be the only time you’ll be able to revisit your professors for another 125 years.  And some may have retired by then.

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