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Message from the Chair 

Professor Marshall Alcorn, Chair of the English Department
Welcome to the George Washington University Department of English. We are a dedicated group of teachers, writers and researchers. Our department has once again had a productive year with new faculty books, new articles, stories and poems. You will see some of the more recent books highlighted in our newsletter. Our department develops your skills in critical reading, historical analysis and imaginative thought. We offer general survey courses in many fields of literature and creative writing. We offer specialized courses important for our majors and also courses of broad interest to students across the university. We have been innovative in the introduction of new courses, and we have a new website soon to go online. We invite you to explore our web pages, read our blogs and newsletters and let us know what activities you would like us to introduce.
Professor Marshall Alcorn
Chair of the English Department

Department Spotlights

Jennifer Chang's Some Say the Lark Nominated for 2018 PEN American Literary Awards 

Jennifer Chang, Assistant Professor of English
Professor Jennifer Chang's new book of poetry, Some Say the Lark, (Alice James Books, 2017) was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Pen Open Book Award, given "to an exceptional book-length work of any genre by an author of color published in the United States in 2017."  Click here to see what people are saying about Some Say the Lark.

Daniel DeWispelare Publishes Multilingual Subjects: Standard English, Its Speakers, and Others in the Long Eighteenth Century 

Daniel DeWispelare
In his exciting new book Multilingual Subjects (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), Professor Daniel DeWispelare documents how different varieties of English were sidelined as "dialects" and asserts the importance of multilingualism and dialect writing to 18th century English-speaking cultures. By juxtaposing the lives and texts of rarely compared English speakers, such as slaves, indentured servants, translators, rural dialect speakers and others, he reveals the tremendous aesthetic value of these voices even in the very era when Standard English came to dominate the English-speaking world. Read More

Jennifer Green-Lewis Explains Victorian Photography, Literature, and the Invention of Modern Memory

Jennifer Green-Lewis
Following up on her first book, Framing the Victorians: Photography and the Culture of Realism (Cornell University Press, 1996), Professor Jennifer Green-Lewis rethinks the role of photography in Victorian and Modernist English literature in her newest book, Victorian Photography, Literature, and the Invention of Modern Memory (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). Read More 

Faculty Kudos

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen has teamed up with scientist Linda T. Elkins-Tanton to co-author Earth: Object Lessons (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), an examination of the planet from the perspectives of a planetary scientist and a literary humanist. They've written: "Beautiful and self-contained, the Earth turns out to be far less knowable than it first can humans apprehend the distances, the temperatures, and the time scale on which planets are born, evolve, and die?"

Robert McRuer's Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance (New York University Press, 2018) asks how disability activists, artists and social movements generate change and resist the dominant forms of globalization in an age of austerity—or "crip times." With examples from South Africa, Brazil, Chile and Thatcher's U.K., Professor McRuer analyzes how transnational queer disability theory and culture—activism, blogs, art, photography, literature and performance—provide important and generative sites, both for contesting austerity politics and for imagining alternatives. Read More
Lisa Page and Brando Skyhorse have coedited We Wear the Mask: 15 Stories of Passing in America (Beacon Press, 2017). Page, GW's director of creative writing, recounts how her white mother concealed her former marriage to a black man and their biracial children. Skyhorse, a Mexican American and former Jenny McKean Moore writer, recounts how his mother passed him as an American Indian before he learned who he really is. Read More

Alumni Updates/Class Notes

Robert Becker, BA ’63, says “English lit was the best decision I made back then.” After several professions, including speech writer for a cabinet level official, Robert is now an Episcopal priest with a doctorate in Christian Spirituality.

Michael Bennett, BA ’02, is associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Bennett recently published his tenth book (his fifth monograph), Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play (Routledge 2017).

Zachary Bennett, MA ’12, will complete his JD at GW Law School in 2018. He had the greatest honor of his life as the teaching assistant for Dystopian Visions, a course taught this fall in the CCAS by his political hero, Senator Rand Paul.

Bailey Blumenstock, BA ’17, is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at American University.

Mary “Beth” Buhot Runquist, BA ’97, is working as the assistant director of the Writing Center at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Penn.

Donor Recognition

Thank You For Your Support! 

The Department of English would like to gratefully acknowledge the following generous donors who made a gift to the department from July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017. 

Yolande Lanni Allen, BA ’70
Dr. Daniel M. Atwood, MA ’67
Rachel A. Azarow, BA ’12
Margaret S. Benda ~
Linda Norberg Blair, PhD, PhD ’95
Harris S. Blum, BA ’08
Bailey E. Blumenstock, BA ’17
Eric A. Brichto, BA ’09
Olga L. Brichto, BA ’07
Vinod Busjeet *
Mackenzie T. Dart, BA ’17
Sander Davidson *
Kelly A. Domnick #
Sean C. Domnick #
Richard M. Flynn, PhD, PhD ’87
Olivia C. Garcia, BA ’17
Shoshana Moskowitz Grove, BA ’82
Oona M. Intemann ~
Marjorie H. Kalter, BA ’67
Catherine E. Kushan, BA ’15, MA ’17
Karissa S. Lake, CA ’11, MA ’12
Elizabeth G. Lanfranchi, BA ’16
Dr. Donald F. Larsson, BA ’71
Morgan C. Manghera ~
Melissa A. Matusky, BA ’14, MA ’15
Andrew J. Morris, BA ’08
Timothy K. Nixon, PhD, PhD ’05
Dr. Gail Orgelfinger, BA ’72
Beverly Packer *
Dr. Randall K. Packer +
Dr. Jeanne Marie Rose, BA ’95
Mary K. Sherwood, BA ’10
Carly W. Shin ~
Robert H. Smith Family Foundation
David Bruce Smith Family Foundation
Harvey D. Snyder, EdD, EdD ’78 
Kathleen K. Snyder, BA ’68
Dr. Christopher W. Sten +
Kelley C. Stokes, BA ’10, MA Ed ’12 
John George Sussek, III, BA ’79
Ayanna T. Thompson +
Helen Margaret Tulloch, BA ’87
William Gray Turner, MPS ’11 
Jennifer Lyman Wagner, BA ’90

+ Faculty/Staff
# Parent
~ Student
* Friend

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Gifts to the Department of English allow us to provide support for faculty and student research and travel, graduate student fellowships, and academic enrichment activities including guest speakers, visiting faculty, and symposia. Each gift, no matter how large or small, makes a positive impact on our educational mission and furthers our standing as one of the nation's preeminent liberal arts colleges at one of the world's preeminent universities. 
You can make your gift to the department in a number of ways:

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• By mailing your check, made out to The George Washington University. Please include “English Department” in the memo line, to: 

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• By phone by calling the GW Division of Development and Alumni Relations at 1-800-789-2611.
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