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05/20/2024

Felicidades! A pre-commencement ceremony snapshot of MFA candidates from SDSU Department of English & Comparative Literature's MFA program! Congratulations!

05/08/2024

Just a few days away!

Join us for the 2024 MFA Graduate Reading on Friday, May 10 at 7 - 9:30 p.m. in Scripps Cottage! This event is free and open to the public.

04/29/2024

Join us for the 2024 MFA Graduate Reading on Friday, May 10 at 7 - 9:30 p.m. in Scripps Cottage! This event is free and open to the public.

04/29/2024

Reminder: be sure to walk through the Digital Humanities Showcase THIS Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the DH Center (Love Library lower level).They will have on display great creative and critical works from across campus, including wonderful pieces of born-digital literature by ECL students!

https://library.sdsu.edu/digital-humanities-center/calendar -details/cd86e1a6-aa1a-4ea9-a3d1-5c71cd8fa844

04/29/2024

Congrats to Professor Lashon Daley who presented her paper, "Black and Asian: Constructions of Blasian American Identity in Nicola Yoon's YA Novel, Everything, Everything," at the 2024 Asian American Association Conference (AAAS) in Seattle! In her paper, she explored how biracial Asian American girl protagonists in young adult novels perform race, identity, and heritage in relation to their relationship to the Black/White dichotomy perpetuated in American race culture.

Our Mermaid Craze 04/24/2024

Congratulations to Professor Jessica Pressman: the mermaid cluster she edited, "Our Mermaid Craze," is online (and open access) at ASAP/J (the online component for the peer-reviewed journal Association of Study of Arts of the Present.

With brilliant and wide-reaching pieces by Délice Williams, Steve Mentz, Jalondra A. Davis, Devon DeMint, Michael Davidson, E. L. McCallum, Trista Edwards, Philip Hayward, Sarah-Anne Leverette, and an interview that Jessica did with Cristina Bacchilega and Marie Alohalani Brown (editors of _The Penguin Books of Mermaids_ 2019).

You can start with Professor Pressman’s short introduction to the cluster here: https://asapjournal.com/node/our-mermaid-craze-our-mermaid-craze-an-introduction/
Or dive into the cluster here: https://asapjournal.com/cluster/our-mermaid-craze/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR3WXevMgfqmPfImMyno6pzt8NX7Dp_3tlN1DY8Ak_r-CFJ2YW5RoZrZzUg_aem_AeiROv_G6uXUtufzQ4IsCS7DHdLLpLnvsQor27SJOiJpgid3MVtXc0WdPhiOIG55zBEheEh8Gi6OQYoi_3kV4sdn

Our Mermaid Craze Cluster April 18, 2024 Our Mermaid Craze Edited by Jessica Pressman Picture by Annette Batista Day. The Articles Our Mermaid Craze / Our Mermaid Craze: An Introduction By Jessica Pressman Our Mermaid Craze / The Stories We Need: Mermaid Fantasy in the Wake of History By Délice Williams Our Mermaid ...

04/24/2024

TONIGHT!

Join us for our final Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series event of the semester! Katie Farris will read from her most recent publications including the poetry collection, "Standing in the Forest of Being Alive," which “rings with love and language” and has been lauded as a “truly wise, unforgettable, delight-full book.” Event will be in the Leon William Room (LL 430) on April 24th at 7 p.m.

04/19/2024

Congrats to Professor Jerry Rafiki Jenkins who published “Anti-Blackness and Human Monstrosity in Black American Horror Fiction” (The Ohio State University Press, 2024)!

Professor Jenkins credits the “insightful and lovely class discussions” with the SDSU students in his Spring 2022 and 2023 courses on African American Horror fiction as helping shape the final draft of the book.

One reviewer calls Rafiki’s book “a necessary work that emphasizes the sanity and rationality of monstrous figures” while another judges it “sharp and intellectually daring. … a timely resource for Black studies scholars and social and cultural critics of all kinds”.

Get it here: https://ohiostatepress.org/books/titles/9780814215364.html

04/18/2024

The UC Davis Center for Poverty & Inequality Research (CPIR) in collaboration with 14 California HSIs, including SDSU, invites current undergraduates to register for the Broadening Participation in Social Inequality Research (BPSIR) summer program, which introduces students from these institutions to inequality and social policy research sciences and helps them develop knowledge and skills for successful graduate school application, enrollment, and completion.

Learn more here: https://poverty.ucdavis.edu/post/broadening-participation-social-inequality-research-bpsir

Register here: https://poverty.ucdavis.edu/form/registration-broadening-participation-social-inequality-research-bpsir-summer-program-0

04/17/2024

EVENT TOMORROW: Hear the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature's 2024 Keynote Speaker, Helen Wu, when she presents her talk "Books and Beyond: From Idea to Global Reach in Children's Publishing" at 2pm on Thursday, April 18th in the Digital Humanities Center. Wu is the author of "Long Goes to Dragon School" and "Tofu Takes Time," and will be signing books following her talk. Attendance is free!

This event is sponsored by the National Center for the Studio of Children's Literature, SDSU College of Arts and Letters, The Department of English & Comparative Literature, and the Digital Humanities Initiative.

04/11/2024

Congrats to ECL student Amireh Boroujeni-Ellington who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain!

04/11/2024

Deadline extended to April 12!

The Outstanding Essay Awards are back! Once again we will have two awards, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student.

Essays may be creative or scholarly in nature. The winners will each receive $250.

Eligibility:
Essays submitted for English & Comparative Literature courses at SDSU from January 2023 onwards.

Length of Paper:
Undergraduates: 1200 word minimum
Graduates: 2000 word minimum

Submit papers to Iris Quiroga at [email protected] by April 10, 2024. Please include the details of the class for which you wrote the essay.

04/10/2024

Still time left to submit!

The Outstanding Essay Awards are back! Once again we will have two awards, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student.

Essays may be creative or scholarly in nature. The winners will each receive $250.

Eligibility:
Essays submitted for English & Comparative Literature courses at SDSU from January 2023 onwards.

Length of Paper:
Undergraduates: 1200 word minimum
Graduates: 2000 word minimum

Submit papers to Iris Quiroga at [email protected] by April 10, 2024. Please include the details of the class for which you wrote the essay.

04/10/2024

TONIGHT (4/10)!!

The next Hugh C. Hyde The Living Writers Series with award-winning author and artist, Myriam Gurba, is coming up on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430. (This event was formerly scheduled for Feb 21.)

Myriam Gurba will read from her most recent book, “Creep: Accusations and Confessions.” Gurba has been described as “the most fearless writer in America.”Gurba is a writer and artist. She is the author of the essay collection, “Creep,” the true crime memoir, “Mean,” a New York Times Editors’ Choice. O, The Oprah Magazine, ranked “Mean” as one of the best LGBTQ books of all time. Publishers Weekly describes Gurba as having a voice like no other. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review, Time, and 4Columns. She has shown art in galleries, museums, and community centers. She lives in Pasadena, California.

This event is cosponsored by the MALAS Program and the Instructionally Related Activities Fund.

04/08/2024

The next Hugh C. Hyde The Living Writers Series with award-winning author and artist, Myriam Gurba, is coming up on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430. (This event was formerly scheduled for Feb 21.)

Myriam Gurba will read from her most recent book, “Creep: Accusations and Confessions.” Gurba has been described as “the most fearless writer in America.”Gurba is a writer and artist. She is the author of the essay collection, “Creep,” the true crime memoir, “Mean,” a New York Times Editors’ Choice. O, The Oprah Magazine, ranked “Mean” as one of the best LGBTQ books of all time. Publishers Weekly describes Gurba as having a voice like no other. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review, Time, and 4Columns. She has shown art in galleries, museums, and community centers. She lives in Pasadena, California.

This event is cosponsored by the MALAS Program and the Instructionally Related Activities Fund.

04/08/2024

A couple more days left to submit your essays!

The Outstanding Essay Awards are back! Once again we will have two awards, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student.

Essays may be creative or scholarly in nature. The winners will each receive $250.

Eligibility:
Essays submitted for English & Comparative Literature courses at SDSU from January 2023 onwards.

Length of Paper:
Undergraduates: 1200 word minimum
Graduates: 2000 word minimum

Submit papers to Iris Quiroga at [email protected] by April 10, 2024. Please include the details of the class for which you wrote the essay.

03/29/2024

Reminder:

The Outstanding Essay Awards are back! Once again we will have two awards, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student.

Essays may be creative or scholarly in nature. The winners will each receive $250.

Eligibility:
Essays submitted for English & Comparative Literature courses at SDSU from January 2023 onwards.

Length of Paper:
Undergraduates: 1200 word minimum
Graduates: 2000 word minimum

Submit papers to Iris Quiroga at [email protected] by April 10, 2024. Please include the details of the class for which you wrote the essay.

Photos from SDSU Department of English & Comparative Literature's post 03/27/2024

ECL alumni accomplishing great things!

03/26/2024

Congrats to Professor Peter Herman who recently published two pieces!

1. “Milton in the Age of Twitter: John Carey’s The Essential “Paradise Lost” and the New Milton Criticism.” Milton Across Borders and Media, ed. Angelica Duran and Islam Issa. Oxford University Press, 2024. 33-50.

2. “The Telescope in Early Modern England: Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” Critical Concepts: Technology and Literature, ed. Adam Hammond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2024. 216-235.

03/25/2024

Last day!

Join the NCSCL Writing Group on Mondays!

February 19 to March 25
Arts & Letters
Room 379
12:00pm to 2:00pm

03/21/2024

Don't forget to submit your papers!

The Outstanding Essay Awards are back! Once again we will have two awards, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student.

Essays may be creative or scholarly in nature. The winners will each receive $250.

Eligibility:
Essays submitted for English & Comparative Literature courses at SDSU from January 2023 onwards.

Length of Paper:
Undergraduates: 1200 word minimum
Graduates: 2000 word minimum

Submit papers to Iris Quiroga at [email protected] by April 10, 2024. Please include the details of the class for which you wrote the essay.

03/20/2024

TONIGHT (3/20)!!!

Join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in Love Library, Room 430 for another Living Writers Series featuring award-winning poet and editor Wayne Miller!

Wayne Miller has published five poetry collections: "We the Jury," which is currently shortlisted for the Colorado Book Award; "Post-," which won the Colorado Book Award and the Rilke Prize; "The City, Our City," which was shortlisted for the Rilke Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award; "The Book of Props"; and "Only the Senses Sleep," which won the William Rockhill Nelson Award. He has co-translated two books by Moikom Zeqo -- "Zodiac," which was shortlisted for the PEN Center USA Award in Translation, and "I Don't Believe in Ghosts" -- and he has co-edited three books: "Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century" (w/Kurowski and Prufer), "Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life & Work of a 20th Century Master" (w/Lento), and "New European Poets" (w/Prufer). Wayne teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, co-curates the Unsung Masters Series, and edits Copper Nickel.

This event is cosponsored by the Instructionally Related Activities Fund.

03/19/2024

The Crisis Carnival at SDSU is still accepting admissions for the Spring Arts Showcase planned for this April! The theme is MIGRATION! Our showcase host location is TBD, so stay tuned to our social media ( on Instagram)! If you're interested attending our Spring Showcase, follow the QR code on the poster or go to this link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSen0BybY9tm5CXHOskPzvzrZlC55ZREzPkpZz5naDjOKGk0cw/viewform

We'll be selecting 15 submissions which will be showcasing at the show in late April and collecting into a Zine at a later date. We also hope to encourage collaboration amongst artists, so any submission that features a collaboration between artists of different disciplines are guaranteed entry into the showcase (i.e. Actors with writers or poets with musicians). THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31.

The Crisis Carnival @ SDSU has a history of showcasing artists and supporting the arts, and in reviving it we hope to create a stronger community amongst artists on campus and in the greater San Diego community.

03/18/2024

Congrats to Milagros Vilaplana (MFA student in poetry) who has a piece of digital poetry, "Border Waters: A Digital Poem” (2023), on prominent display at the Digital Humanities Center. The work was developed in Professor Jessica Pressman's ECL 626 "Global Digital Literature: Histories, Theories, Methods" course. A description of the piece is below:

“Border Waters: A Digital Poem”
“.. not only the dynamism, polyvocality, and fluidity of e-poetry, but the fact that it is a limitless eco-system with multiple possibilities, [makes it] “an all-encompassing medium for eco-poetics.”*

“Border waters” is a poem that probes multiple ways electronic software can conflate the mobilization, fragmentation, crossbreeding of words and lines in English and Spanish on the computer screen to produce layered reflections on the natural and human effects of the Tijuana River watershed overflooding into the estuary and ocean on the San Diego side. The piece suggests the flow of river water is as organic as people leaving their land to seek asylum in the U.S. It borrows from the modernist linguistic tradition, as well as from the eco-poetic movement of our present era. An important focus is the collaboration between the non-human features (both code and AI) of the software used, 2023 Power Point, where agency is given to both. Various themes run into each other and come back as augmented refrains, from the philosophical questioning the nature of water, the human tragedy of a landslide, a mix, mismatch and erasure of classes and cultures and the internal cognitive disruption that these imbalances cause. Like an epic, it starts with a real event in 1993 when the Tijuana dam gates broke open and ends with a present-day U.S. family wanting to enjoy a day in the sun in Imperial Beach.

*Ruzkowksi, Andrew, “E-Poetry and (Non-) Human Nature” in Poet’s Quarterly (2013),04

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