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Check out this timely blog post about MLA's "Medicine, Narrative, Pandemic, and Power," by Anna Lonon!
How are online classes going for everyone? I’m a college student as well, so I get how hectic it can be, but the semester is finally winding down and with my spare time (which is a lot) I’ve been finding new things to do. I actually found a streaming platform called Film Festival Flix and it’s been keeping me entertained during quarantine! This site has sooo many films from international to dramas to science documentaries and so on. It has much more unique and fresh content compared to the other streaming platforms I used in the past. I just watched Boy, directed by the famous Taika Waititi and it was incredible! So, if you’re looking for something new you should definitely check out Film Festival Flix! Let me know which films you like best!
Congratulations on a successful 250 years! It’s so impressive and inspiring to see young writers expressing themselves in personal, unique ways! Are any of you interested in screenwriting? Screenwriting is such a cool way of telling a story because you can really make it come to life! I recently watched a sci-fi thriller called ‘Empathy, Inc.’ that's screenwriting blew me away. The film follows Joel, a failed venture capitalist, as he discovers a titular tech company that could be his golden ticket to a better life. The new VR allows clients to swap bodies with the less fortunate in order to enhance their own lifestyles. Screenwriter Mark Leidner II uses foreshadowing and symbolism to convince the audience of the complex and interesting body-switching concept. The complexity of the concept was mind-blowing and captivating. If screenwriting is something that interests you, I highly suggest streaming this film on Amazon!
Wonderful, pithy, beautiful short podcasts delivered daily in which our US Poet Laureate contextualizes and reads poems. 5 minutes each. What have you got to lose?
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Announcing a new free android app for Shakespeare enthusiasts that features infinite conversational interactions with the lines of Shakespeare, Find Shakespeare Divinator in the google app store now.
Hello College of Charleston!
We at The Oakland Arts Review (OAR) are excited to announce our magazine is accepting undergraduate submissions for its 2019 edition!

OAR happily considers submissions containing poetry, fiction, creative/nonfiction, photography, and visual art!
We require students to be undergraduates at the time they submit, and that all submissions are sent prior to our deadline on December 1st.

We can't wait to showcase the talent of College of Charleston students in our upcoming issue!
Charleston Weddings magazine is looking for an editorial intern for the fall! Do you love writing, editing, and social media? Apply here

Hey English advocates and enthusiasts! I think you guys would absolutely love the plot of director Phil Allocco extraordinary independent comedy The Truth About Lies. Depicting an unconventional love story between a man and his boss's wife, the film is funny, genuine and full of lies. I highly recommend watching on VOD, enjoy! http://geni.us/TTAL

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The Department of English's main office is on the 2nd floor of 5 College Way. Because we teach the arts of rhetoric, English faculty have a special obligation to defend and promote the open exchange of ideas, and to expose and resist deliberate misrepresentations of the past.

Operating as usual

In-Store Signing with Gary Jackson and Len Lawson — Buxton Books 11/03/2021

In-Store Signing with Gary Jackson and Len Lawson — Buxton Books

Buxton Books is honored to host Gary Jackson and Len Lawson to celebrate their newest book, The Future of Black!

In-Store Signing TOMORROW
Thursday, November 4, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

https://www.buxtonbooks.com/new-events/2021/11/4/in-store-signing-with-gary-jackson-and-len-lawson

Congratulations to our wonderful colleague, Gary!

In-Store Signing with Gary Jackson and Len Lawson — Buxton Books Buxton Books is honored to host Gary Jackson and Len Lawson to celebrate their newest book, The Future of Black ! ABOUT THE BOOK: “The expansion of Marvel and DC Comics’ characters such as Black Panther, Luke Cage, and Black Lightning in film and on television has created a proliferation of

Timeline Photos 11/01/2021

Prof. Valerie Frazier organized for her FYE class (which includes the 1967 Legacy Scholars) a Gullah Geechee Experience with Chef BJ Dennis last weekend at Joseph Fields Farm. FYE director Sarah Owens positively raved about the experience. She reports that it was a great turnout and that the students loved learning about Gullah Geechee culture and the farm—and of course eating the delicious meal prepared by Chef Dennis, who will lead the food program for the cafe at Charleston’s forthcoming International African American Museum (IAAM).

Prof. Valerie Frazier organized for her FYE class (which includes the 1967 Legacy Scholars) a Gullah Geechee Experience with Chef BJ Dennis last weekend at Joseph Fields Farm. FYE director Sarah Owens positively raved about the experience. She reports that it was a great turnout and that the students loved learning about Gullah Geechee culture and the farm—and of course eating the delicious meal prepared by Chef Dennis, who will lead the food program for the cafe at Charleston’s forthcoming International African American Museum (IAAM).

Timeline Photos 11/01/2021

Meet Maddie Erb!
Maddie is majoring in English with a Creative Writing minor. She co-hosts a podcast about le***an media (called Sapphic Stuff), and she self-publishes fiction. Her favorite English course at CofC is Fiction Writing I. Maddie decided to pursue an English degree because she wants to publish sci-fi and fantasy.

Meet Maddie Erb!
Maddie is majoring in English with a Creative Writing minor. She co-hosts a podcast about le***an media (called Sapphic Stuff), and she self-publishes fiction. Her favorite English course at CofC is Fiction Writing I. Maddie decided to pursue an English degree because she wants to publish sci-fi and fantasy.

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 10/29/2021

Focus Friday

The Black Tides of Heaven is the first book in a multivolume Tensorate series by nonbinary Singaporean author, Neon Yang. Much of Yang’s work follows the subgenre “silkpunk” that combines fantasy with East Asian antiquity. The fantasy world that the novella is set in encapsulates the rich pan-Asian culture of Singapore and follows trans characters as they navigate romance, politics, and magical obstacles. This novella has been nominated for the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella.

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 10/29/2021

Focus Friday

The Black Tides of Heaven is the first book in a multivolume Tensorate series by nonbinary Singaporean author, Neon Yang. Much of Yang’s work follows the subgenre “silkpunk” that combines fantasy with East Asian antiquity. The fantasy world that the novella is set in encapsulates the rich pan-Asian culture of Singapore and follows trans characters as they navigate romance, politics, and magical obstacles. This novella has been nominated for the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella.

Timeline Photos 10/26/2021

Election day is November 2nd. Currently only 20% of the electorate vote in local elections. Do you want to make a change in your community? Vote in local elections!
Navigate to the linktree in our bio for more information regarding voting.

Election day is November 2nd. Currently only 20% of the electorate vote in local elections. Do you want to make a change in your community? Vote in local elections!
Navigate to the linktree in our bio for more information regarding voting.

Timeline Photos 10/26/2021

This poetry reading accompanies the release of the catalogue for the exhibit Maintenance of Way—an exhibit organized by CofC Art professor Susan Klein, which "elucidates the tether between palpable touch and conceptual thought." Prof. Klein sent out a special invite to English majors and minors. We hope to see you there!

This poetry reading accompanies the release of the catalogue for the exhibit Maintenance of Way—an exhibit organized by CofC Art professor Susan Klein, which "elucidates the tether between palpable touch and conceptual thought." Prof. Klein sent out a special invite to English majors and minors. We hope to see you there!

Timeline Photos 10/25/2021

We've been invited to a virtual event held by The Division of Arts and Humanities at Allen University! This event features author Pamela NewKirk who wrote Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga. Through this book, Newkirk tells the true story of a young African man named Ota Benga, whose controversial exhibition as a “pygmy” at the Bronx Zoo in 1906 drew international attention to the persistence of racial problems in America. Scan the QR code for more information!

We've been invited to a virtual event held by The Division of Arts and Humanities at Allen University! This event features author Pamela NewKirk who wrote Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga. Through this book, Newkirk tells the true story of a young African man named Ota Benga, whose controversial exhibition as a “pygmy” at the Bronx Zoo in 1906 drew international attention to the persistence of racial problems in America. Scan the QR code for more information!

Timeline Photos 10/25/2021

Meet Caden Albert!
Caden is majoring in Secondary Education and English. He is the Men’s Club Volleyball President and Captain. Caden also participates in the Charleston 40 Tour Guide Association. His favorite English course at CofC is ENGL 299. He hopes to teach English, which motivated him to become an EDEN major.

Meet Caden Albert!
Caden is majoring in Secondary Education and English. He is the Men’s Club Volleyball President and Captain. Caden also participates in the Charleston 40 Tour Guide Association. His favorite English course at CofC is ENGL 299. He hopes to teach English, which motivated him to become an EDEN major.

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 10/22/2021

Focus Friday

Hitting a Lick with a Crooked Stick is a collection of short stories written by Zora Neale Hurston during the Harlem Renaissance. This book includes eight stories that were lost until 2020. When composing the book, Editor Genivieve West found these stories in misplaced periodicals from the 1920’s. Throughout this text, Hurston expresses sentiments regarding the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, racism, sexism, and love. Fan of Hurston’s work? Never heard of her? Read this!

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 10/22/2021

Focus Friday
Hitting a Lick with a Crooked Stick is a collection of short stories written by Zora Neale Hurston during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. This book includes eight stories that were lost until 2020. When composing the book, Editor Genevieve West found these stories in misplaced periodicals from the 1920’s. Throughout this text, Hurston expresses sentiments regarding the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, racism, sexism, and love. Fan of Hurston’s work? Never heard of her? Read this!

10/21/2021

Well-deserved, Simon!

Posted @withregram • @gibbsknotts Congrats to Dr. Simon Lewis on the SC Humanities Governor’s Award. @englishcofc @hssatcofc @collegeofcharleston

Timeline Photos 10/21/2021

Join us this afternoon for our virtual visiting scholar, Alisha Gaines!

https://cofc.zoom.us/j/85855234256?pwd=eHNoclFLV2YzQ0pKNXVSL3FXWUpNZz09

Join us as we welcome Alisha Gaines as our Fall Visiting Scholar! Gaines talk, Empathy Plus, Or a Brief History of “Good” White Folks will be on Thursday, October 21 @4PM on Zoom.

Zoom details to follow.

Timeline Photos 10/20/2021

The Charleston Literary Festival is coming up soon! Current CofC students, faculty and staff can attend these events for free. There are also many volunteer opportunities. Check the linktree for more information. We hope to see you there!

The Charleston Literary Festival is coming up soon! Current CofC students, faculty and staff can attend these events for free. There are also many volunteer opportunities. Check the linktree for more information. We hope to see you there!

Timeline Photos 10/15/2021

President Hsu stopped by three English classes yesterday to surprise our professors. He handed out t-shirts and thanked our professors for all their hard work this semester. Professors Jackson, Kelly, and Devet were visited. Thank you President Hsu for stopping by!!

President Hsu stopped by three English classes yesterday to surprise our professors. He handed out t-shirts and thanked our professors for all their hard work this semester. Professors Jackson, Kelly, and Devet were visited. Thank you President Hsu for stopping by!!

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 10/15/2021

Focus Friday

Firekeeper’s Daughter is a young adult thriller that tells the story of a biracial woman, Daunis Fountaine, who attempts to strengthen her ties to her Anishinaabe heritage while simultaneously working to uncover a drug that is harming her Ojibwe community. Author Angeline Boulley is a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and drew from her own personal experiences within the Ojibwe community. She was recently the Director for the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. When asked about her debut novel, Boulley remarked, “I just wanted to write this Indigenous Nancy Drew story that I wished I had read when I was a teen”. The thriller is currently being adapted into a Netflix movie, produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s company, Higher Ground Productions.

10/13/2021

This morning! Stop by 26 Glebe and have some coffee and bagels with the English department!

Join us for coffee and bagels on Wednesday 10/13!

Timeline Photos 10/12/2021

Check out this virtual event!

This Friday, Buxton Books is excited to virtually host Zeba Blay, culture and film critic, for the release of her new book, Carefree Black Girls! In this collection of essays, Blay expands on this initial idea of the #carefreeblackgirl by delving into the work and lasting achievements of influential Black women in American culture--writers, artists, actresses, dancers, hip-hop stars--whose contributions often come in the face of bigotry, misogyny, and stereotypes. Blay celebrates the strength and fortitude of these Black women, while also examining the many stereotypes and rigid identities that have clung to them. In writing that is both luminous and sharp, expansive and intimate, Blay seeks a path forward to a culture and society in which Black women and their art are appreciated and celebrated.

Use the below link to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buxton-books-presents-zeba-blays-carefree-black-girls-tickets-174671365757

Check out this virtual event!

This Friday, Buxton Books is excited to virtually host Zeba Blay, culture and film critic, for the release of her new book, Carefree Black Girls! In this collection of essays, Blay expands on this initial idea of the #carefreeblackgirl by delving into the work and lasting achievements of influential Black women in American culture--writers, artists, actresses, dancers, hip-hop stars--whose contributions often come in the face of bigotry, misogyny, and stereotypes. Blay celebrates the strength and fortitude of these Black women, while also examining the many stereotypes and rigid identities that have clung to them. In writing that is both luminous and sharp, expansive and intimate, Blay seeks a path forward to a culture and society in which Black women and their art are appreciated and celebrated.

Use the below link to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buxton-books-presents-zeba-blays-carefree-black-girls-tickets-174671365757

10/12/2021

Check out this virtual event!

This Friday, Buxton Books is excited to virtually host Zeba Blay, culture and film critic, for the release of her new book, Carefree Black Girls! In this collection of essays, Blay expands on this initial idea of the #carefreeblackgirl by delving into the work and lasting achievements of influential Black women in American culture--writers, artists, actresses, dancers, hip-hop stars--whose contributions often come in the face of bigotry, misogyny, and stereotypes. Blay celebrates the strength and fortitude of these Black women, while also examining the many stereotypes and rigid identities that have clung to them. In writing that is both luminous and sharp, expansive and intimate, Blay seeks a path forward to a culture and society in which Black women and their art are appreciated and celebrated.

Use the below link to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buxton-books-presents-zeba-blays-carefree-black-girls-tickets-174671365757

Check out this virtual event!

This Friday, Buxton Books is excited to virtually host Zeba Blay, culture and film critic, for the release of her new book, Carefree Black Girls! In this collection of essays, Blay expands on this initial idea of the #carefreeblackgirl by delving into the work and lasting achievements of influential Black women in American culture--writers, artists, actresses, dancers, hip-hop stars--whose contributions often come in the face of bigotry, misogyny, and stereotypes. Blay celebrates the strength and fortitude of these Black women, while also examining the many stereotypes and rigid identities that have clung to them. In writing that is both luminous and sharp, expansive and intimate, Blay seeks a path forward to a culture and society in which Black women and their art are appreciated and celebrated.

Use the below link to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buxton-books-presents-zeba-blays-carefree-black-girls-tickets-174671365757

CofC Sponsors International Conference on Romanticism 10/12/2021

CofC Sponsors International Conference on Romanticism

English Professor Kathy Béres Rogers, ICR conference chair, has curated two events that will be live streamed and open to the public thanks to a grant she received from the South Carolina Humanities.

We are proud of our colleague's hard work!

https://today.cofc.edu/2021/10/12/cofc-sponsors-international-conference-on-romanticism/

CofC Sponsors International Conference on Romanticism The International Conference on Romanticism (ICR), which aims to further the study of Romanticism across linguistic, national and political disciplines, takes place this week in Charleston, from Oct. 14-16, 2021. The theme of the conference, of which the College of Charleston is a sponsor, is "bonds...

Timeline Photos 10/12/2021

What are you teaching, Professor McCollum?

In my ENGL 223 (Fiction I) sections, we’re headed into our third week of workshops, diving into student stories that explore identity, compulsion, fear, and grief. Among other topics, writers have asked for feedback on the placement of flashbacks, the ratio of worldbuilding to dramatization, and the effect of leaving a central character unnamed.

We’ll also workshop a range of fiction in ENGL 378 (Fiction II), with stories that examine the fluidity of memory, the trials of family and adolescence, and the unnerving experience of self-alienation. In terms of craft, we’ll consider how to convey the interiority of characters, how to seamlessly transition between scenes, and (the eternal question!) how to write an ending that sings.

What are you teaching, Professor McCollum?

In my ENGL 223 (Fiction I) sections, we’re headed into our third week of workshops, diving into student stories that explore identity, compulsion, fear, and grief. Among other topics, writers have asked for feedback on the placement of flashbacks, the ratio of worldbuilding to dramatization, and the effect of leaving a central character unnamed.

We’ll also workshop a range of fiction in ENGL 378 (Fiction II), with stories that examine the fluidity of memory, the trials of family and adolescence, and the unnerving experience of self-alienation. In terms of craft, we’ll consider how to convey the interiority of characters, how to seamlessly transition between scenes, and (the eternal question!) how to write an ending that sings.

Timeline Photos 10/11/2021

What is Indigenous Peoples' day?
Indigenous Peoples' day focuses on the recognition of Indigenous history within the U.S. and the decolonization of education. Many view this day as an acknowledgment of who initially inhabited the Americas.

This year marks the first year that a president has officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' day.

Check out these works to decolonize your education and your bookshelf.

What is Indigenous Peoples' day?
Indigenous Peoples' day focuses on the recognition of Indigenous history within the U.S. and the decolonization of education. Many view this day as an acknowledgment of who initially inhabited the Americas.

This year marks the first year that a president has officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' day.

Check out these works to decolonize your education and your bookshelf.

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