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Howdy y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying the summer months (to the best of our ability to do so). I wanted to say please feel free to reach out, whether you’re an incoming graduate student or a returning grad, if you need anything: someone to talk to, questions about the program or about teaching, and so forth.

February EGO Meeting

Join your fellow grads for an English Graduate Organization meeting!

We’ll be having meetings on Thursday, for a few months at least, from 5-6:30pm. Our February meeting will happen tomorrow in HL 421.

Have concerns or questions about grad-related issues? Want to know more about department policies and procedures? Get bored around 5pm on Thursday? Join us! Everyone is welcome, everyone can attend any meeting and vote on issues that matter to us all.

EGO Meeting Friday

We’re having an EGO meeting this Friday! While elected EGO representatives are obligated to attend, these meetings are for every MA and PhD in the department. Even if you don’t have anything to formally report, you can come and bring up any concerns or questions you have about your graduate school experience.

Also, I will be bringing snacks again this meeting 🙂

Write Now

Write Now has officially started and will be held on Mondays, 5-7pm, in the English Library (in HL 401).

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A b/w drawing of a cat writing with a quill and ink.

If you have never experienced the joys of Write Now, it’s a lovely two hours where we meet to write. Whether you’re working on a dissertation chapter or a BlackBoard post, working around others who are writing can help you to maintain productivity. Also, it is fairly enjoyable to meet up and write with friends and colleagues.

And there is pizza. (Free pizza!)

See y’all there!

If you want more information, you can always contact Patty Roylance or just send your question over the EGO listserv.


Upcoming: Negotiations and EGO Officer Nominations

As the semester winds down, we have a couple of important events to look forward to. Our Spring semester Negotiations conference is scheduled for May 3rd, at 3pm, in HL 207. Stay tuned for a poster and list of speakers.

It is also time to elect new EGO officers! You can find more information about officer positions by visiting the “Archive” tab above. If you are interested, please send an email to our listserv. We are looking to fill the following positions:

  • PhD Facilitator
  • MA Facilitator
  • GSO Representative
  • Graduate Committee Representative
  • Undergraduate Committee Representative
  • Agenda Committee Representative 

Serving in an EGO position is a great way to get in some department service, to become familiar with the inner-workings of the department, and, perhaps most importantly, to  help our voices as graduate students be heard! We welcome grads at all stage of the program 🙂

Spring Negotiations next Friday

Our Spring Negotiations colloquium is happening next Friday, April 8, 4-7pm in HL 207. Come for the food, stay for the display of rigorous intellectual vigor!

Negotiations Flyer Spring 2016

Haejoo Kim: “Unromantic Passions: Sympathy and Kinship in Wuthering Heights”

Matt Chacko: “‘his flesh was as unregenerate as my own’: Negative Paternal Inheritance in Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room and ‘Notes of a Native Son’”

Knar Gavin: “Erasure Poetics: Communities of Making in the Making” 

Evan Hixon: “[A]political Hamlet: Hamlet and the Body Politic” 

Fall Negotiations next Friday

Our Fall Negotiations colloquium is happening next Friday, November 13, 3-5pm in CH 020. Come for the food, stay for the conversation!

Negotiations Flyer Fall 2015

Vicky Cheng, “‘Sterile Order’, ‘Exuberant Normal Vegetation’, and ‘Evilly-Fostered Growth’:  Blighted Existence and Stagnant Interiority in George Gissing’s The Nether World

George Gissing’s The Nether World (1889) examines the pessimistic depictions of inescapable poverty plaguing the working-class poor at the end of the Victorian period, and unlike earlier novels fed upon mid-century liberal ideals of social reform and progress, the novel offers no relief or escape for its desperate characters. This paper examines what rank or elevated growths appear mapped out upon the bodies of individual characters, from what depths of interiority these physical trappings spring, and how this allows Gissing to cultivate and nurture readerly sympathies for even the most abject of the working-class poor.


Ashley O’Mara, “It’s All Fine”: Asexuality and Narratives of Normalcy in the BBC “Sherlock” Fandom

The BBC “Sherlock” fandom is home to the greatest number of asexuality-themed fan works on Archive of Our Own, the majority of which feature Sherlock as an ace character. Although moments in the BBC series resonate with writers of ace fic, encouraging this queer interpretation, I plan to argue that the BBC series’ narrative of reforming and normalizing Sherlock’s antisocial eccentricities organizes fan writers’ narratives normalizing (and often reforming) Sherlock’s asexuality, often vacating its queer potential.


Evan Hixon, “Preacher and Prince: Historical Republicanism in George Eliot’s Romola”

This essay examines George Eliot’s Florentine historical romance Romola and attempts to place its Victorian liberal politics into dialogue with the republican ideals held by the key historical figures that Eliot makes central to the novel’s plot.  Particular attention is paid to the works of Father Giraloma Savonarola and Niccolo Machiavelli, who both figure centrally in Eliot’s presentation of the end of the Italian Renaissance and whose writings, I argue, become central to Eliot’s vision of a unified Italy in light of the Risorgimento.


Jonathan Sanders, “Breaking the Illusion of Agency in Digital Games”:

Although many modern video games are based around the idea of open-world exploration and freedom of choice, true human agency is an analog concept, unable to be fully realized within a digital world. Rather than hide from this limitation, some games use particular techniques to call attention to the illusion of agency to make particular points about players, games, and the “real” world. These so called “subversive moments” focus on engaging a player’s deep attention rather than problem-solving hyper attention, disempower rather than empower a player, and provide feedback in order to cue the player into the significance of the moment. The Stanley Parable (2013) provides an excellent case study for observing these moments in action through its commentary on the unrealistic expectations of players and the dark humor that arises from it.