The Society for Critical Exchange is relocating this year’s annual Winter Theory Institute conference from the organization’s home base in Victoria, Texas, to Tallahassee, Florida, specifically the Department of English at Florida State University. As co-hosts, SCE and the Literature-Media-Culture program of the English department say that even though the conference site is different, the event’s atmosphere will be the same: intense.
The Southeast Review has always been a literary gem in the English department, but current Editor-in-Chief Dorothy Chan is curating content to reflect the diversity in the writing world.
Four undergraduate English majors—David Advent, Talise Burton, Colby Blackwill, and Erin Christopher—won 2018 IDEA Grants for their research projects, developed under the supervision of English department faculty members. FSU's Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement and the Office of the President sponsors the annual funding of the projects. Each student presented his or her project at the 2018 President's Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.
Award-winning director Barry Jenkins is creating a buzz about winning more Oscars. The positive energy surrounding Jenkins’ new film If Beale Street Could Talk, in turn, is generating renewed appreciation for the Florida State University alumnus, especially in the English department.
Students, faculty members, and Tallahassee locals can find different, creative ways to spend a Tuesday evening in the capital city.
If a night of literary readings, a pleasant crowd, and delicious food sounds appealing, then The Bark at 8 p.m. is a good place and time to settle in.
The Department of English prides itself on offering students the most innovative scholarly programs with courses that cover a wide range of fields such as women’s studies, poetic technique, critical theory, film studies, and visual rhetoric, among others.
Ribó, assistant professor in the English department at Florida State University, has academic interests in Latinx, Caribbean, queer, border, cultural, and critical race studies that stem from personal experience, curiosity itself, and a love of literature, music, and film. He takes these interests and helps students explore them in class, around campus, and across Tallahassee, sharing an active and inquisitive approach to teaching.
Professor Andrew Epstein’s book "Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture" (Oxford, 2016) has been named as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017.
Students who are earning advanced academic degrees find many ways to enhance their research and scholarship. They rely on professors to mentor them and guide them through the process.
As the collection of poetry and literature stacked on Kaveh Akbar’s desk grows, so does his mind. He regularly has conversations between his own voice and with the writers of the countless books he keeps nearby.
During the fall of 2015, when Associate Professor Tarez Samra Graban began designing the course material for a future English Honors in the Major seminar, she looked to Florida State University’s past. Specifically, she concentrated on the notable role women had as writers or instructors of writing in FSU’s history.
By Amber Deschene
Don’t miss out on the chance to meet Stephanie Burt when she visits Florida State University to give a talk titled “Why Songs Are Poems, Why Songs Are Not Poems, and Why On Earth We Can’t Stop Asking” and a reading of her own poetry. The English Department’s Literature and Creative Writing programs are co-sponsoring Burt’s visit.
Assistant Professor Alisha Gaines places her first book-length publication, Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy (U of North Carolina P, 2017), high on her list for career achievements.