Department of English - Oklahoma State University

Since its inception in the 1960s, the English Department at Oklahoma State University has attracted and served students with a diversity of interests.

The English Department at OSU offers BA, MA, MFA, and PhD degrees, with a full range of courses in six areas: Creative Writing, Literature, Rhetoric & Professional Writing, Screen Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Linguistics. It offers a variety of courses, most of them small lectures and discussion classes. The curriculum supports intensive study in specific areas but al

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11/21/2023

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT! View Interview: https://youtu.be/1fNEj2ZXF68 Komal Nazir is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Oklahoma State University. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation which deals with an intersection of postcolonial studies, ecocriticism and affect theory particularly in the context of South Asian Literature. She is the recipient of the inaugural research fellowship by the Center for the Humanities at Oklahoma State university. Her broader research interests include global anglophone literature, study of multispecies entanglements, posthumanism, and science fiction.

The Crisis in Hollywood's Visual Effects Industry 11/13/2023

The Crisis in Hollywood's Visual Effects Industry Introduction to Film and Television (ENGL 2453):Introduction to the formal analysis of moving images - film, television, and new media - in aesthetic, cultural, and political contexts. Students discuss and write about films and other moving images screened in class.

11/07/2023

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT! View Interview:
https://youtu.be/dChpxLYKqjk
Inspired by the stories of his Hungarian heritage, G. W. Currier's fiction and poetry have appeared in Grand Little Things, The South Dakota Review, Waxwing, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, and elsewhere. His book reviews appear in The Englewood Review of Books. He holds a PhD from Oklahoma State University with concentrations in Fiction Rhetorics and Apocalyptic Fiction since 1900. Currently, he teaches at the University of Debrecen in Hungary as a Fulbright grantee.

04/20/2023

OSU English professor uses National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to research WWII radio, television

Dr. Stacy Takacs was selected to work on her manuscript ‘We Bring You Home’: The American Forces Network and US Militarism Post-WWII. The book examines the 80-year history of the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS or also known as AFN), which supplied news, entertainment and command information to U.S. military personnel overseas.

https://news.okstate.edu/articles/arts-sciences/2023/osu_english_professor_uses_national_endowment_for_the_humanities_fellowship_to_research_ww2_radio_television.html

02/17/2023

Welcome to our Student Spotlight featuring Amy Takebe, PhD candidate in the Oklahoma State University - TESOL & Linguistics program. Amy's dissertation centers on the use and perception of directives in Japanese disaster warnings. In 2021, she was awarded the Carol Guagliardo Preston Award, and she has been a Bill Anderson Fund Fellow since 2019.

Watch Amy's Interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iy4Hb8Ewxc
Read Amy's Publication:
https://jalt-publications.org/tlt/issues/2022-01_46.1
View Past Spotlights:
https://cas.okstate.edu/department_of_english/graduate_student_spotlights.html

01/30/2023

The English Department offices will close along with the Stillwater campus at 2:30 today, and will be closed all day tomorrow.

Be safe and stay warm out there! 🌨

01/25/2023

Welcome to our Student Spotlight featuring Anna Louise Wiegenstein, PhD candidate in Screen Studies in the Department of English. Her dissertation research examines race and the masculine body within the work of Baz Luhrmann. Other interests include streaming video industrial study, and the contemporary film/television musical genre. She has taught numerous classes within OSU English, including Intro to Film and TV, Film Genre, and Race, Gender and Ethnicity in American Film.
Watch her video interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrXF1QkqWjo
See her latest publication: http://mediacommons.org/imr/content/mortuary-media

12/14/2022

Welcome to our Student Spotlight featuring PhD Candidate, Oliver Spivey. Oliver is in the Literature program and his dissertation, “‘The Great Art of Telling the Truth’: Tragic Evasion in American Fiction, 1798-1952,” examines signal works of American tragic fiction from Charles Brockden Brown to Ralph Ellison. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, close reading and literary aesthetics, craft essays on poetry and prose, British literature, and classic cinema (particularly film noir and the Hollywood Western). He has received several awards and scholarships: the 2011 North Carolina College Media Association Award for poetry (third place), the Grace Loving Gibson Endowed Scholarship (UNCP), The Jeffrey Walker Early American Studies Scholarship (OSU), and the 2021 Meringoff Prize for nonfiction. This latter prize—presented by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers—was awarded for his article “‘The Secret Rhythm of Chance’: The Nabokovian Vision of Tragedy in Pale Fire,” which was published in the fall 2021 edition of Literary Matters.

Link to Interview:
https://youtu.be/qcmqeaumMg4

Link to Publication:
https://www.literarymatters.org/14-1-the-secret-rhythm-of-chance-the-nabokovian-vision-of-tragedy-in-pale-fire/

Link to Past Spotlights: https://cas.okstate.edu/.../graduate_student_spotlights.html

12/09/2022

The English department offers its sincerest support to our Iranian friends and colleagues who are witnessing the political upheaval in their home country sparked by the death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini in police custody and exacerbated by the ongoing human rights abuses in the wake of her death. We stand in solidarity with the brave protesters risking their lives to call for an end to violence against women and the repressive Iranian regime. We stand united with our Iranian friends and colleagues and with those who stand up and speak out against oppression, injustice, and the violation of fundamental human rights. Given the censorship of communication in Iran and the misinformation spread by the current regime, we encourage everyone to help raise awareness of the atrocities currently taking place and to help amplify the voices of our Iranian friends and colleagues. Below are a few resources for both keeping informed and lending support (borrowed from feminist publisher, Aunt Lute Books):

4 Ways to Help Iranians
Center for Human Rights in Iran
Amnesty International Iran
Iran Human Rights
Human Rights Watch
BBC News Persian
Hengaw Organization for Human Rights

12/01/2022

Welcome to our Student Spotlight featuring PhD Candidate, Michelle Dostal. Michelle specializes in early and nineteenth-century American literature, with a particular focus on women’s lives and writing. She is published in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture and the James Fenimore Cooper Society Journal and is a four-time presenter at the American Literature Association Annual Conference. Her dissertation, “Overstepping the Bounds: Domestic Upheaval, Removal, and Personhood in Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Writing,” addresses how the era’s women writers depict domestic upheaval and displacement as a means to explore versions of personhood and identity for women that both embrace and counter their culture’s dominant domestic ideologies.

Link to Video Interview: https://youtu.be/5eOn51BHyMo

Link to Publication:
“Blood Richer and Purer”: The Disruptive Presence of Cora in The Last of the Mohicans”
https://jfcoopersociety.org/articles/ALA/2018ala-dostal.html

Link to Previous Spotlights: https://cas.okstate.edu/department_of_english/graduate_student_spotlights.html

11/16/2022

Welcome to our student spotlight featuring Creative Writing PhD Candidate, Mark DiFruscio.
Mark is also an Assistant Director of First-Year Composition at OSU. His writing has appeared in Puerto del Sol, the Laurel Review, the San Diego Reader, and Fiction International. His research interests include experimental fiction, metafiction, intertextuality, and the Robinsonade. His dissertation is a creative work comprised of interconnected short stories.

Watch his spotlight interview here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI_4tnpnt7o

Read his latest publication here:
https://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/issue-49-taboo/coma-depasse/

11/02/2022
10/12/2022

The OSU Film Society (aka The Claude Rains Appreciation Society) presents a Halloween screening of Taika Waititi (Thor, Jojo Rabbit) and Jermaine Clement's modern cult classic, What We Do in the Shadows.
Free pizza!

More information on CRAS at https://campuslink.okstate.edu/event/8489042

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For your reading pleasure, the OKState Writing Center Newsletter, providing some information on the OSU Writing Center, new things happening, and contact information. Many thanks to Katie Long and Betsie Rodriguez for their work on this!

The Writing Center is currently fundraising for ten of their consultants to go to Louisiana next semester to present their work and research at the regional WC conference, South Central Writing Center Association. If interested in helping, please visit our Philanthropete page! (https://philanthropete.osugiving.com/project/27750)

Graduate College 2021 Virtual Recruitment Fair - Oklahoma State University 10/04/2021

Interested in furthering your education with a master’s or doctoral degree? Not sure how to pay for graduate school? Want to learn more about a particular graduate programs at Oklahoma State University?

Join the OSU Graduate College for the 2021 Virtual Recruitment Fair, Friday, October 15th.

Learn about graduate school at OSU and explore our graduate programs. Participate in small group or one-on-one sessions with faculty and program staff to get your questions answered.

View the schedule of events for the Graduate College 2021 Virtual Recruitment Fair at our website. You are not obligated to stay all day and are able to come and go as needed to work around your busy schedules.

For more information

https://gradcollege.okstate.edu/2021-virtual-recruitment-fair/index.html

Registration

https://grad.okstate.edu/register/gcrecruitmentfair

Graduate College 2021 Virtual Recruitment Fair - Oklahoma State University Join the Oklahoma State University Graduate College for a day of virtual information sessions. Explore our graduate programs and learn details from our graduate faculty and staff. One-on-one sessions will be available for potential students to speak with faculty and have questions answered along wit...

MSU's Westerman named Minnesota poet laureate 09/16/2021

We send hearty congratulations to Minnesota poet laureate, Gwen Westerman!

"Gwen Westerman, an English professor at Minnesota State University, is the first Native American to be appointed as Minnesota's poet laureate.

"According to her biography, Westerman is a first-generation college student who had no intentions of teaching when she arrived at Oklahoma State University, but an elective class in American literature altered her trajectory forever. "

MSU's Westerman named Minnesota poet laureate MANKATO — Gwen Westerman, an English professor at Minnesota State University, is the first Native American to be appointed as Minnesota’s poet laureate.

Pokes PodCAS Episode 44: How the OSU Writing Center can help you, with Dr. Anna Sicari - Oklahoma State University 07/27/2021

In this episode of the Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences Pokes PodCAS, the director of the OKState Writing Center, Dr. Anna Sicari, discusses her new role as co-editor of The Writing Center Journal, how research in this field benefits all writers, and why even those working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics should take advantage of these services.

Pokes PodCAS Episode 44: How the OSU Writing Center can help you, with Dr. Anna Sicari - Oklahoma State University In this episode, the director of the Writing Center, Dr. Anna Sicari, discusses her new role as co-editor of The Writing Center Journal, how research in this field benefits all writers.

06/24/2021

Congratulations to Jacob Savory, the English Department's Outstanding Senior for 2020-2021!

Jacob's advisor, Dr. Decker, had this to say about him:

"Jacob was a student in three of my classes and I directed his honors thesis. In truth, however, he is one of the most self-directed English majors I’ve had the privilege to teach and mentor. He is fearless in the tasks he chooses to undertake. He thinks conceptually and writes with precision and eloquence. Jacob is outstanding academically but he is also a model classroom citizen, a consistent contributor to the ongoing discussion and supporter of his fellow students. He leaves OSU well prepared for his next challenge as a master’s student in the top-rated Library and Information Science Program (Simmons SLIS) at Simmons University, Boston. Best of luck, Jacob!"

You can see the 2021 Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences Student Awards Ceremony at https://cas.okstate.edu/student_organizations/student_awards.html

Photos from Department of English - Oklahoma State University's post 06/02/2021

This digital exhibit project from students in Dr. Stacy Takacs’ Introduction to Digital Humanities course - offers context for and illuminates some of the resources found in the Ruth Sigler Avery Tulsa Race Massacre collection at the OSU Tulsa Library. English graduate students Hannah Bingham-Brunner and Adam Glover are centrally involved in this project.

https://oms.library.okstate.edu/s/introduction-to-digital-humanities/page/home

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05/14/2021

Dr. Anna Sicari has been selected to serve as one of three new editors of The Writing Center Journal, the flagship publication of the International Writing Centers Association and primary research journal in the field of writing center studies.

Dr. Sicari is an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the OKState Writing Center at Oklahoma State University. She previously served as an Associate Editor of WCJ, and her publications include Out in the Center: Public Controversies, Private Struggles, for which she and her co-editors earned the 2019 IWCA Book Award, and “Centering the Conversation: Patriarchy, Academic Culture, and Too” (2018). Dr. Sicari’s work has been published in JAEPL, The Writing Center Journal, Composition Studies, and Praxis and she has a forthcoming edited collection on embodiment and administrative labor coming out with Utah State University Press.

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