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Alumni Stories: Melody Jue Alumni Stories: Melody Jue
June 12, 2018
Melody Jue received her B.A. in English from UC Davis in 2008. She is now an Assistant Professor at UC Santa Barbara where she teaches English courses which integrate her interests in the ocean and environment. We were able to speak with (read more)
The Lais of Marie de France Edited and Translated by Claire M. Waters
June 11, 2018

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Marie de France is the earliest woman we know of in medieval European literature who wrote non-religious works. Her Lais have been very popular ever since their (read more)

The Black Middle Ages: Race and the Construction of the Middle Ages By Matthew Vernon
June 11, 2018

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The book rethinks how the medieval is construed in terms of racial politics.

 

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Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End By Margaret Ronda
June 11, 2018

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Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End offers a literary history of the Great Acceleration (1945-present), an era of rapid and unprecedented change to (read more)

The New Selected Poems of Robert Lowell Edited by Katie Peterson
June 11, 2018

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The New Selected Poems of Robert Lowell aims to introduce a new generation of readers to the American poet Lowell, one of the most significant American (read more)

Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times Edited by Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor
June 11, 2018

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The Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch defined by the magnitude of human intervention in the Earth System. In Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in (read more)

Media U: How the Need to Win Audiences Has Shaped Higher Education By Mark Garrett Cooper and John Marx
June 11, 2018

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Mark Garrett Cooper and I show how the need to create an audience stamps each of the university’s steadily proliferating disciplines, shapes its structure, and (read more)

Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction By Mark Jerng
June 11, 2018

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In Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction, I argue that far from just being a mode of thought predicated on its operations of classification and (read more)

Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings By Joshua Clover
June 11, 2018

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To think about riots as a form of class struggle, racialized in the present, and in turn to understand the fall and rise of this particular form of struggle as an (read more)

Strange Footing: Poetic Form and Dance in the Late Middle Ages By Seeta Chaganti
June 11, 2018

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A new understanding of medieval poetic form as articulated through its relationship to dance.

 

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Gaming the Stage: Playable Media and the Rise of English Commercial Theater By Gina Bloom
June 11, 2018

Theater is not a likely reference point for most gamers today, but it should be, according to Bloom. She writes:

Rich connections between gaming and theater stretch back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when (read more)

Davis English Department Teaching Internship Program Brings Shakespeare to Local Schools
June 11, 2018

This year, undergraduate students in the UC Davis English Department have been bringing an augmented reality video game called Play the Knave to area K-12 schools. The game allows players to perform their own versions of Shakespeare’s (read more)

Profile: Austin Smith
June 7, 2018

Austin was recently selected as a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University, where he is also a Jones Lecturer. His first collection of poems, Almanac, was chosen by Paul Muldoon for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, (read more)

Profile: Melinda Moustakis
June 7, 2018

Melinda’s first collection of stories, Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, won the 2010 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Maurice Prize, and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation. She graduated from the UC (read more)

Profile: Becky Mandelbaum
June 7, 2018

Becky’s first collection of stories, Bad Kansas, won the 2016 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and was chosen as a 2018 Kansas Notable Book. She graduated from the UC Davis Creative Writing Master’s program in 2016.

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Profile: Kirsten Lunstrum
June 7, 2018

Kirsten’s collection of stories, What We Do With the Wreckage, won the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She graduated from the UC Davis Creative Writing Master’s program in 2003.

 

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Profile: Jamil Kochai
June 7, 2018

Jamil Kochai’s short story “Nights in Logar” was recently selected for the 2018 O. Henry Prize. He graduated from the UC Davis Creative Writing Master’s program in 2017.

 

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We Are English Majors: Michael Gonzalez We Are English Majors: Michael Gonzalez
June 1, 2018

In addition to being an English major, Michael is a Research Assistant at the Center for Educational Effectiveness. He's currently working on a senior project that analyzes when and how first year, second year, and/or first generation (read more)

We Are English Graduate Students: Sophia Bamert We Are English Graduate Students: Sophia Bamert
May 23, 2018
Sophia is a PhD Candidate in English who has been selected for the department's Mainz exchange program in 2018-2019. We talked to her about the program, how it connects to her teaching and (read more)
Alumni Stories: Stephanie Keider Alumni Stories: Stephanie Keider
May 18, 2018

Stephanie Keider received her B.A. in English and Child Development Psychology in 2011. She now works in feature film production at DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles. We talked to her about working on movies such as  (read more)

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