Welcome to the Department of English, one of the largest and most diverse departments on campus and a part of the College of Humanities at California State University-Northridge. We offer a wide variety of courses and programs in the field of literature, language, composition, rhetoric and creative writing; on the undergraduate and graduate level. In support of the English Department mission, we are dedicated with providing students with analytical and critical thinking skills, studying British and American literature and gaining knowledge on their literary and cultural history. We will help students and cultivate their imagination while challenging them to write effectively and read critically. The faculty and staff of the Department of English are committed to helping students meet their educational goals and expects its majors, especially, to be able to write clearly and correctly.
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Department News and Events
Please note: The impending Impaction does not affect the Master's Program.
Reminder: Lecturer Pool Applications Due: May 1, 2015 5:00 pm. More Info
April 28, 2015: A talk with Dr. Bogdan Suceava Sponsored by Dr. Kate Haake, The Department of English and the College of Humanities, Dr. Suceava will read from his novel Miruna, A Tale. Dr. Suceava has a PhD in mathematics and is the author of five novels and two collections of short stories. Read more
Honors Convocation: Friday May 15, 2015 8:00 a.m. Oviatt Lawn Read more
Master's Hooding Ceremony: Friday May 15, 2015 2:00 p.m. Chaparral Hall Room 5125 Read more
Graduation and Student Award Reception: Linda Nichols Joseph Room (JR319) 3:00 p.m.
Graduate Students Commencement: Friday May 15, 2015 6:00 p.m. Oviatt Lawn
College of Humanities-Undergraduate Commencement: Monday May 18, 6:00 p.m. Oviatt Lawn Read more
Scott Andrews reviewed Settler Common Sense by Mark Rifkin for Transmotion, a new, online journal that examines the works of American Indian critical theorist Gerald Vizenor and also works by others through a Vizenor lens. Scott also serves on the journal’s editorial board. In March, Scott chaired a panel titled “Red Reader Response,” and he participated in a panel of recent creative works at the Native American Literature Symposium in Albuquerque, N.M.
Bob Chianese’s poems, “Mud,” “Fire Bug,” and “Friendly Fire,” formed parts of the 2014 Ventura County Museum of Art exhibit: Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fires. An essay he wrote became gallery wall statements, and he gave a poetry reading in the gallery. He also just published a revised, digitally printed edition of Hall Canyon Suite: Photos and Poems of an Unsettled Place. His essay “How Can Art Move Us Beyond Eco-Despair?” will be published in the forthcoming May/June 2015 issue of American Scientist magazine.
Irene Clark gave a talk on April 1 at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. It was titled “Academic Writing and the Issue of Transfer.”
Janet Cross, Kathy Leslie, and Stephanie Satie are recipients of the University Ambassador’s Polished Apple Award. The Polished Apple Award is an honor to all faculty/staff members that have made a difference in one of the University Ambassador’s academic careers here at CSUN. The award ceremony will take place from 9:30 am-12:30 p.m. on April 29 at the Grand Salon, USU.
Anthony Dawahare published “’La Poesía Sorprendida’ or the Surrealist Poetic Imagination Against Neocolonial Dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, 1943-1947” in the South Central Review, the official publication of the South Central Modern Language Association. (Special Issue on Dada, Surrealism and Colonialism, Spring 2015).
Nate Mills presented “Marxist Historical Form and the Black Reconstruction of the Southern Past” at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference in Seattle. His article “Ralph Ellison’s Marxism: The Lumpenproletariat, the Folk, and the Revolution” appears in the current issue of African American Review.
Laurisa White Reyes, one of our graduate students, has had accepted for publication two poems (crafted in Dr. Hall’s 609 course last year): “Yours and Mine” in UCLA’s Westwind and “Born Again” in riverSedge Literary Journal. In addition, her novel manuscript, “Memorable,” was just named among the top 20 finalists in the Young Adult Discovery Contest sponsored by Serendipity Literary Agency.
Steve Wexler presented his paper, “Reason-Risk-Cohort,” at the 2015 College Composition and Communication Conference in Tampa, Florida.
Beth Wightman spoke on “”Our Own Islands: Halford Mackinder and the Modernist Island Vernacular” at the Rethinking Irish Modernisms Conference, cosponsored by the UC Santa Barbara Center for Modern Literature, Materialism, and Aesthetics and the Southern California Irish Studies Colloquium, on April 4. At the end of March, she presented “Is e´oil´n na hEíreann? Ellis ni´Dhuibhne’s The Bray House and Speculative Geopolitics” at the annual American Conference for Irish Studies meeting in Ft. Lauderdale.
Irene Clark gave a presentation on Friday, March 20, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, Florida. Her talk was titled "Threshold Concepts, Antecedent Genres, and Risk Aversion."
Scott Kleinman was awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grant. For more information on his achievement, please see http://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/news/professor-scott-kleinman-awarded-digital-humanities-start-grant.
Martin Pousson sold a new short story, "Feathers," to Epoch for its upcoming issue. Two other stories, "Altar Boy" and "The Fox in the Trap," have just been published in the current issues of Five Points and StoryQuarterly. All three stories are from his upcoming novel, Black Sheep Boy.
Linda Raider Overman, one of our alumna and lecturers, is featured in an article published by the University of Cumbria, where she recently earned her Ph.D. in Creative Writing. For the full story, please see http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/Public/VCO/Documents/Communications/Publications/Connect/2015Spring.pdf.
Elyce Wakerman will be reading from, discussing, and signing her novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, at Diesel Bookstore on Sunday, March 29 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Diesel is located in the Brentwood Country Mart at 225 26th Street, Santa Monica.
Cheryl Spector gave an invited lecture titled "Investigation, Imagination, and Invisibility: Longbourn and Nickel and Dimed" at the Santa Monica Public Library on March 3, 2015. The lecture was part of the spring program for Santa Monica Reads 2015. For more info see http://smpl.org/Longbourn2015.aspx and / or http://www.smgov.net/Main/News_Tab/2015_Santa_Monica_READS_features_Longbourn_by_Jo_Baker.aspx.
February 26, 2015 -
Noreen Lace, an alumna from our graduate program and a lecturer, has a short story, “Dad Shining,” forthcoming in Printers Row Journal, a subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune.
Angeline Olliff, one of our graduate students and TAs, is a first place winner in the 19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium for her Oral Presentation “Encouraging the ‘Risks of Caring': a Cognitive-Development Approach to Collaborative Learning in FYC Classroom.” She will be going to Sacramento to compete against other statewide winners this Spring.
February 12, 2015 -
Itiola Stephanie Jones, one of our recent alums, has been accepted into the prestigious Cave Canem Workshop. Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. For more information about Cave Canem, see https://www.cavecanempoets.org.
Lusine Makarosyan, one of our graduate students, has received an honorable mention for her poem “Summer Fruit” at the 5th Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest. Below is a link to the announcement page:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/702820/c704460907/282260927/b29d939190/. Along with the winners and 4 other honorable mentions, she will be invited to read on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California, at 8:00 p.m.
February 12, 2015 -
Enchao Shi was awarded a significant grant from the US Department of Education for his project “Promoting and Expanding Access to Modern China Studies at CSUN.”
Lily Thiemens, one of our graduate students, has won the national Miller Ingenuity Challenge competition, which is dedicated to revitalizing American manufacturing. For more information on the award, see http://www.milleringenuity.com/Challenge.
Steve Wexler presented his paper “Girls vs. Game of Thrones: Mapping Fantasy, the New Reality” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, January 10, 2015.
January 29, 2015 - The Fall 2014 Awardees celebrated at the English Department Holiday Party are:
Hannah Lien (Eva Latif Award) for her essay “The Adult: The Real Children of Treasure Island.”
Angeline Olliff (Eva Latif Award) for her essay “Pierre’s Progress.”
Danielle Orozco (Oliver Evans Award) for her essay “Otherness in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: Transnational identity and the Orientalism of U.S. Cold War Discourse.”
Shetachai Chatchoomsai (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Jeannie Chen (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Jesse Clemens (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Eugenia Coronado (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Bruce Millstein (AnnaMarie Peterson Morley Scholarship)
Aryana Shokat-Fadai (Philip E. Love Scholarship)
Jacqueline Thornock (William L. Wilson Scholarship)
Brandon Krause and Jessy Cruz, English undergraduate students, have both accepted paid positions with the organizations where they served as interns (through the English 494 course). Brandon is now an associate writer with Great American Group in Woodland Hills, and Jessy will be a community representative, working with parents and students at Project GEAR-UP LA. We wish them the best in their new positions.
Nicole Gant, an English Department graduate, will receive a Heroes in Education Award on Jan. 29 from LAUSD Board of Education President Richard Vladovic. The award description states, “The principals and staff from each school in Board District 7 will be asked to nominate one individual to be commemorated at the event. Honorees could include a community member, an involved family member, teacher, staff, or any individual who has assisted in creating opportunities for student’s success or supported school-sites in any way.” Nicole teaches at Port of Los Angeles Charter High School.
Cody Deitz, one of our graduate students, had two poems accepted for the forthcoming issue of Literary Orphans, titled “Concrete, Twin Towers Jail,” and “New Religion.”
Sarah Todd-Balderas, a CSUN English Department graduate, has written an article that will appear in the February issue of California English. “Three Books Changed Everything” is about fostering a love for reading in her classroom.
Congratulations to these fine past and present students!
Dorothy Barresi’s long essay-review “Divided: Brain Theory and the Poem’s Story” will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of The Gettysburg Review. New poems, “Tenderness” and “What Those Who Qualify Receive,” appear in the current issue of New Ohio Review, and “The Lie” and “The Old Soul” appear in the two most recent issues of Nothing New, a graphic arts zine that her son’s UCLA arts collective publishes monthly (take that, peer review police!). Three of her poems will appear in the forthcoming anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond: “Security,” “Poem to Some of My Recent Purchases,” and “Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles.”
Anthony Dawahare chaired a session, “Tillie Olsen and the Location of Hope,” and presented at paper on Tillie Olsen at the MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver.
Martin Pousson just sold his new novel, Black Sheep Boy, to Rare Bird Books for hardcover publication in Winter 2015 as their flagship fiction title. A selection of stories from the novel received a NEA Fellowship in 2014. One of those stories, “Altar Boy,” will be published in the upcoming issue of Five Points, and another story, “The Fox in the Trap,” will be published next month in StoryQuarterly.
Jack Solomon (along with Sonia Maasik) published the eighth edition of Signs of Life in the U.S.A: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers (Bedford/St. Martin).
Elyce Wakerman’s new novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. For information about the book, see: http://www.amazon.com/Tale-Two-Citizens-Novel/dp/1631580140/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422318881&sr=1-1. For Elyce’s author page, see: amazon.com/author/elyce-wakerman.
December 18, 2014 -
Dr. Linda Rader Overman, one of our alum and lecturers who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at Lancaster University in the UK last November and was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in Creative Writing this October.
Stephanie Satie received an award for Best Documentary Script from The United Solo Festival in N.Y. Also, she has been invited back to The Odyssey Theatre to perform Silent Witnesses on Sundays at 2 p.m. from January 11 to February 1.
December 4, 2014 -
Greg Aleman, who is interning through English 494 in the CSUN Media Relations department, has a featured article published on the CSUN website:http://gomatadors.com/sports/w-baskbl/2014-15/releases/20141125v5btbx. We are very proud of our interns and their work, demonstrating just how powerful an English major can be!
Yellow Medicine Review has nominated “This is a story about the Plains” by Scott Andrews for the Pushcart Prizes. His story appeared in the Fall 2014 edition of the journal.
On Saturday, November 22, Irene Clark attended a conference at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut titled “Thinking and Writing beyond Two Cultures: STEM, WAC/WID and the Changing Academy.” She presented a paper titled “Critical Thinking, Identity, and the Brain: Insights from Neuropsychology.”
Scott Kleinman gave a presentation at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was titled “Thinking with Computers: Materiality, Digitality, and the Medieval Manuscript.”
November 20-2014 -
Nate Mills’s review essay “Louis Althusser and Academic Marxism” appears in the November/December issue of Against the Current.
November 6-2014 -
On October 20, Irene Clark gave a presentation at the University of Bristol, England. It was titled “Writing Effective Theses and Dissertations.”
On October 23, Irene Clark also gave a presentation at Queen Mary University, London. It was titled “Improving Student Writing: Genre Awareness, Threshold Concepts, and Transfer.”
Scott Kleinman led a workshop on Text Analysis with Lexos at THATCamp DHSoCal, the regional Digital Humanities “unconference,” at San Diego State University. In addition, the Serendip-o-matic search engine, which he worked on as part of the One Week | One Tool project, continues to receive accolades. Most recently, it received the Charleston Advisor’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best New Mobile App.
Elyce Wakerman’s monthly blog,” Birth of a Book,” in which she describes what goes on behind the scenes as the author prepares to send her book out into the world, can be found at the new URL: http://ewakerman-birthofabook.tumblr.com.
Welcome to our two new faculty members, Dr. Santosh Khadka and Dr. Jennifer Lee.
Dr. Khadka comes to us from Syracuse University with his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition and Dr. Lee joins us from University of Rhode Island where she completed her PhD in Writing and Rhetoric.
In Memoriam: Marvin Klotz
November 2, 2014- Emeritus Professor Marvin Klotz has passed away.