Monthly Archives: November 2011

Associate Professor of English Webster Newbold Discusses his Recent Article Regarding Letters in Renaissance England

Webster Newbold was recently interviewed by the Associated Press about his article, “Rhetoric, Fiction, and the Appetite for Model Letters in Renaissance England,” which recently appeared in  Appositions: Studies in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature & Culture.  See below for our interview with Newbold and check out the article here

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2011 Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award: Sean Lovelace

Each year, Ball State University honors one of its faculty members with the Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award. We are proud to announce that this year the award has been given to our very own Associate Professor of English Sean Lovelace.

To read a full write up about Professor Lovelace’s recent award on BSU’s website, click here.

Graphic Novels: Not Just for Adolescent Males

In the following guest post, Senior Creative Writing major Michael Guy and assistant professor Dr. Darolyn Jones discuss graphic novelist and comic book writer Mark Waid’s presentation about his profession in a recent ENG 414 class.  In the post, they use Waid’s presentation as a jumping off point for a brief history of the graphic novel form and an analysis of its literary importance. 

“Should the graphic novel be regarded as literature?”

“Are graphic novels anything more than overly long comic-books?”

“What literary merit (if any) do graphic novels contain?”

“Should graphic novels and graphic novel authors be treated with the same literary reverence we treat great contemporary authors today?”

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Assistant Professor of English Peter Davis Reflects on the Current Israeli Controversy Surrounding his Second Collection, Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!

My second book of poems, Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!, was translated into Hebrew and, this past summer, published in Israel. Of course, I thought this was very cool. At the release party, I read some poems, via Skype, to an Israeli audience. I was on a computer screen held up by a guy onstage who was wearing a costume that made him look like a giant puppet. It was funny.

The translator is a youngish Israeli poet named Oded Carmeli. He’d seen some poems from the book in the online journal Jacket and asked if he could translate a few; before long he’d translated the whole book and found a publisher. It all happened very quickly.

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Intern, Rhiannon Racy, Interviews Angela Jackson-Brown About her Recent Pushcart Prize Nomination

Angela Jackson-Brown was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her short story, “Something in the Wash.” Our department intern, Rhiannon Racy, interviewed her about the story, the relationship between her teaching and writing, and her advice to aspiring writers.

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Witnessing Hope

In the following post, Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones, Assistant Professor of English, writes of an inspiring and unique project from Indianapolis Star journalist, Matthew Tully, who turned an investigative column into a full-scale memoir. In conjunction with his new book, Tully will give a presentation on November 14th in Studabaker West at 11:30 AM in which he will discuss this inspired story and answer audience questions.

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Apply For Dr. Rai Peterson’s Immersive Learning Course at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library


A new Provost’s Immersive Seminar has just been added to the Spring/Summer schedule: Internship at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

This is a 12-hour course, requiring registration in two 400-level English courses and two 400-level marketing courses; all prerequisites will be waived for students accepted to this seminar. Students will read 13 books by Kurt Vonnegut, a biography of the author, and a collection of critical essays about his work.  Each student will participate in collaboratively writing a 5-year marketing plan for the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and will be assigned to one of the following working groups:

  • Archival research and digital humanities database development
  • Film archive and oral history filming project
  • Product design for the KVML gift shop
  • Traveling museum design and fabrication

Students will be mentored by English and marketing faculty as well as Community Partners including the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Indianapolis Historical Society; WFYI Television; Creative Street Media Group; Floyd and Stanich, Inc.; Eye on Art; Seven Stories Press; Hamilton Exhibits; and Lilly Library, IU, Bloomington.

Sorry but only students who are able to take two English and two marketing courses during both Spring and Summer semesters in 2012 need apply.  Applications are available from Dr. Rai Peterson, Department of English: