Dr. Manthey’s Full Talk from Tag Lecture

The Department of English will hosted Dr. Katie Manthey as our Tag Lecturer at 6 p.m. Jan 25, 2017, in the Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library. Below is a video of her lecture! If you have trouble viewing, please refer to this link. Also, a transcript of the lecture is available at this link: http://winmedia.ecu.edu/engl/manthey_ecu_talk_1.25.pdf.


Her talk on Jan. 25 was titled Embodied Identities: Ethical Reading, Fat Fashion, and How Not to Be a Troll.” Using fat fashion as an entry point, the speaker will share her own stories about how she learned to un-become a troll through embodied rhetorical analysis. The talk will end with suggestions for how to recognize oppressive notions of “acceptable” bodies and ultimately make space for multiple embodied orientations. Please refer to Katie’s website for more information about the talk: http://www.katiemanthey.com/public-appearances.html.

Dr. Manthey’s work has been featured in popular venues like Jezebel, Conditionally Accepted, and The Body is Not An Apology. She is an activist for acceptance of diverse body types and her “Dress Profesh” project critiques the everyday practice of getting dressed for work. She points out the inherent injustices in dress codes and other pressures related to fashion and bodily choices.

Thank you to Dr. Katie Manthey for graciously allowing us to share her work and to Dr. Donna Kain for producing the video. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2018 Tag Lecture, coming soon!

For more information on Dr. Manthey’s work, visit her website at http://www.katiemanthey.com/ or the Dress Profesh site at http://www.dressprofesh.com/



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Dr. Anthony Cuda will have a Great Books lecture today, 4/21: Dangerous Moments: Sylvia Plath Reads T. S. Eliot

“Dangerous Moments: Sylvia Plath Reads T. S. Eliot.”
a Great Books lecture by
Dr. Anthony Cuda
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5pm
Dr. Anthony Cuda is Associate Head of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the author of The Passions of Modernism: Eliot, Yeats, Woolf, and Mann (University of South Carolina, 2010) and co-editor of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot, The Critical Edition Vol. II: The Perfect Critic: 1919-1926 (Johns Hopkins, 2014). He will speak Wednesday, April 12 at 5pm. His talk is titled, “Dangerous Moments: Sylvia Plath Reads T. S. Eliot.” He will be presenting material from his current book project, which includes some exciting archival research. FAULKNER GALLERY, Joyner Library.
This Great Books talk is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least forty-eight hours prior to the event at 252-328-6799 (voice) or 252-328-0899 (TTY).

Amber Thomas’s National Poetry month Reading!

Gabrielle Freeman and Amber Thomas

Gabrielle Freeman and Amber Flora Thomas

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Amber Thomas gathered together a wonderful group of poets, new and experienced, to read in Joyner Library on April 5. Featured readers included her Intro to Poetry Writing students, Gabrielle Brant Freeman, and Word of Mouth—as well as Thomas herself!


Please visit our Facebook page to see a gallery of images from the event!

Photo Credit (photos on the blog): Gabrielle Carrero




Amber Thomas at podiumWord of mouth poetGabrielle Freeman at podium

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The Department of English participate in the Pirates Abroad Open House

The Department of English participated in the Pirates Aboard Open House for Admitted Students held on Saturday, April 1. Our English majors Shainah Andrews, Ina Cariño, Kalifornia Dolan, and Garrett Yarbrough helped engage interested students and shared their academic experiences and career plans. Several faculty members came to discuss everything from service learning to internships & careers to study abroad. 

Are you fascinated by the power of language and inspired by creative expression? Contact the department to learn about courses in English and hear how studying English sets you up for career success. As an English major or minor, you’ll learn to analyze texts and images and create literary texts and professional documents for different people and purposes. You’ll develop digital design and editing skills, and apply an understanding of how language develops and works to help people to communicate better.

For more photos, please visit our Facebook page and flip through this events album: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ECUEnglish/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1450893421617207

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Writers on the Side, A Reading by Moonlighting English Faculty on 4/18

Please join English faculty who moonlight as writers on the side: poets, storytellers, essayists. Creative writing is their avocation, but also their passion. Margaret Bauer, Randall Martoccia, Marame Gueye, Amanda Klein, and Guiseppe Getto will read from our recently published work in a variety of genres.

Join us Tuesday, April 18th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the Faulkner Gallery of Joyner Library for an evening of literary celebration!

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TODAY 4/6, The English Club talks jobs with an ECU alumna and you all are invited!

Flyer for English Club Meeting on 4/6 The English club is inviting both majors and non-majors to attend. A flyer you can bring to your classes is attached. Thank you for your time!

When: Bate English Lounge, Room 2136
Who: English Club members and non-members of all majors
What: Amy smith, an ECU English graduate student will discuss her marketing/website design/client communications job at Treselle Systems, a software company in Raleigh.

Prudence Wright Holmes performs “Secrets of a Mockingbird”

Photo of Prudence Holmes Solo Performance of Secrets of a MockingbirdPrudence Wright Holmes performed her one-person show “Secrets of a Mockingbird” March 30, filling Speight Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Arts Building. Co-sponsors of the event were ECU’s Women’s Studies / Gender Studies Program, Department of English, Rives Chair in Southern Literature, School of Art and Design, Department of History, and Ethnic Studies.

In this solo show, Holmes portrayed Harper Lee as well as the writer’s father, Amasa Lee; her African American housekeeper, Hattie Belle; her childhood best friend, Truman Capote; her editor, Tay Hohoff; and many of her neighbors. Through these characterizations, the audience confronted racism and betrayal in a powerful and moving way.

Holmes appeared in the films Sister Act I and II with Whoopi Goldberg, Kingpin with Woody Harrelson, After.Life with Liam Neeson, and God’s Pocket with Philip Seymour Hoffman. On Broadway, she appeared in Happy End with Meryl Streep; Lettice and Lovage with Maggie Smith; and Inherit the Wind with George C. Scott.

ECU Poets Reading April 5th

Flyer for Poetry Reading Apr 2017

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, I have organized a poetry reading. Please come out and support my Intro to Poetry Writing students as they read their original work. Word of Mouth will also perform.  And I’m so pleased that Gabrielle Brant Freeman will be joining us to read from her new book, When She Was Bad.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 5th at 6 PM in Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library.

Refreshments will be served.

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