Monthly Archives: January 2014

M.A. Student Jeremy Carnes Invites You to Attend PCM on Feb. 7th

By now most of you have heard about the upcoming Practical Criticism Midwest (PCM) conference that happens each year within our department. This year PCM is going to be Friday February 7th, starting at noon at the Virginia B. Ball Center. Some of you may have even submitted some work to the conference. However, there may also be some of you who don’t know much about PCM, what it’s for, or why it’s important. Queue this blog post.

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Attend the Cardinal Job Fair on February 12th!

The Cardinal Job Fair is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on February 12th in Worthen Arena. There are currently 88 employers registered who are ready to talk with you about internships and jobs. If you are entering the job market in the next year, this is a great resource for you. Go prepared with your resume and professional clothing to make a good impression on prospective employers.

Last year, Dr. Beach and Tyler Fields visited the Job Fair together and wrote a couple of blog posts about their experiences. To get an idea of what to expect, click on these links to read their posts:

Dr. Beach and Tyler Fields Go to the Job Fair Part One

Dr. Beach and Tyler Fields Go to the Job Fair Part Two

For more resources about how marketable your English degree is, check out this “Life After Ball State” tab on our website:

Life After Ball State

To help guide your search for jobs, construct a resume, etc., visit the Career Center’s website here:

Career Center

The Cardinal Job Fair is a great opportunity to learn how marketable you really are. Don’t miss out!

Prof. Jeff Frawley Recommends “Satantango” by László Krasznahorkai

In the latest installment of our Recommended Reads series, professor Jeff Frawley recommends Satantango by  László Krasznahorkai.

In the last few years, the work of contemporary Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai has undergone a small explosion of sorts in the English-reading world.  Three of his books have been translated into English to much acclaim, with a fourth soon on the way.  For a reader new to Krasznahorkai’s work, this might seem surprising upon opening one of his books.  Lengthy sentences form rivers of black ink that overflow into dense paragraphs, while a fog of melancholy permeates his settings and the lives of his sullen if not downright miserable characters.  The writer himself, whom Susan Sontag called “the Hungarian master of the apocalypse,” has a rather phantomlike appearance and piercing stare in his bio photos.  He is infamous for his bleak outlook on life, claiming in a 2012 interview that human beings most likely will not last another 200 years thanks to the accumulating failures of civilization. Continue reading

Prof. Todd McKinney Recommends Three Books By Larry Levis

In the latest installment of our Recommended Reads series professor Todd McKinney recommends Winter Stars, The Widening Spell of the Leaves, and Elegy by Larry Levis.

As autumn takes hold and I prepare for winter, I reach for the books of one of my favorite writers, Larry Levis. In particular, I return to his last three books: Winter Stars (1985), The Widening Spell of the Leaves (1991), and Elegy (1997), the last one published posthumously after his too-early departure in 1996. I have lived with the poems in these books for some time now.

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Tyler Fields on the New York Arts Program and Landing His First Job in Publishing

In a follow up to his previous post, Tyler Fields, the winner of our 2013 Outstanding Senior Award, discusses the New York Arts Program and his journey towards his first job in publishing.

In mid-December, I will say goodbye to my thirty housemates with whom I’ve shared a brownstone in Chelsea for the past sixteen weeks. Collectively, we will end our internships which, this semester, have ranged from publicity and marketing to assistantships in such fields as publishing, theatre, and visual arts. However, unlike my fellow housemates who will pack up their New York City lives and return to their respective universities and homes as far away as New Mexico, my move will be a mere 82 blocks to my new apartment in Harlem. In addition to calling New York my new home, I’ve also just landed a job which I will officially begin in January, and I’m in the midst of launching a brand new media production, distribution, and discussion project. And despite the whirlwind of events coming to a head in the coming weeks, my perception of getting to this point reveals that not only did the New York Arts Program, but also my years at Ball State University, guide me toward accomplishing some of my biggest dreams.

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Katherine Greene Recommends “Remediation: Understanding New Media” by Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin

In the latest installment of our Recommended Reads series, Ph.D. student Katherine Greene recommends Remediation: Understanding New Media by Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin.

Just by reading this blog post, readers must operate in hypermediated spaces—spaces that both want the readers’ technology to disappear, while simultaneously calling readers’ attention to it. For example, to read this post, readers had to use a smart phone, computer, or tablet to follow links on different webpages. At the same time, readers might have been streaming music in the background or hearing the familiar dings of inbox alerts. As readers interact with this “Recommended Reads” post, their digital technology attempts to provide a transparent interaction with the text, all the while, reminding readers they are reading a blog post via digital technology. This paradox of new digital media is the center of discussion in Remediation: Understanding New Media (1999) by Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin.

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