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Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Bardill

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Bardill, who has a busy summer scheduled. She will participate in the Mining Ethnicity Colloquium at Stanford University (a joint effort to strengthen conversations and connections between comparative race studies and the digital humanities) in May, give a paper at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association annual meeting in June, and help lead the Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING) workshop at the University of Arizona in July. 


Schlobin reading a book

In memory of Roger Schlobin

The English Department sends its condolences to the family of our former colleague Roger Schlobin, who passed away this morning. Roger retired from ECU in 2011 after a combined 42 years of teaching at ECU, Ohio State, and Purdue. He donated his personal library to Joyner Library and endowed the James H. and Virginia C. Schlobin Collection of Literature of the Fantastic, the third largest of its kind in the world: He taught science fiction and fantasy at ECU and co-founded the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. Here is a 2011 article that was written about him when he retired from ECU:

English Graduate Students Temp McKoy and Jamal-Jared Alexander visit North Carolina A&T University

ECU English PhD student Temp McKoy is organizing recruiting trips to area Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as part of her research agenda. This week, she and MA student Jamal-Jared Alexander visited North Carolina A&T University. While on campus, they also met English department Alumna Dr. Kimberly Harper (center in group photo). Thanks, Ms. McKoy and Mr. Alexander, for your hard work in getting the word out about ECU!

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Temp McKoy

Photo of Temp McKoy, Dr. Kimberly Harper, and Jamal-Jared Alexander

Temp McKoy, Dr. Kimberly Harper, and Jamal-Jared Alexander


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:


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:

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 or the Dress Profesh site at



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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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