English Department Open House



You’re invited to an Open House on Wednesday, September 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm (drop by whenever you like!) outside the 2nd floor English Department office in Arts and Letters Hall.

Meet or catch up with faculty, staff, and other students, and learn about advising resources, internships, BA/MA combined degree programs, publishing opportunities, and more!  The event is open to all students affiliated with the English department– new majors, returning majors, minors, and graduate students.  And feel free to bring your friends!

Refreshments will be served in the Student Resource Center inside ALH 210.

We hope to see you there!  Please contact Prof. Conary (jconary1@depaul.edu) if you have any questions.

Autumn 2016 Course Spotlight

Hi everyone,

We’re going to snap you out of exams mode for a moment to remind you about the upcoming autumn quarter.

If you haven’t yet selected your autumn English courses, worry not – there’s still plenty of exciting and enriching offerings available. Today we’d like to highlight Prof. Chris Eagle’s ENG 379 – Disability in Literature. See the full description via Prof. Eagle below:

For roughly three decades now, Disability Studies (or Disability Theory) has made its impact felt across the Humanities by challenging prevailing notions of the normal or able body and focusing our attention on the lived experiences of disabled individuals. Our primary goal in this course will be to understand how insights from the history and theory of disability can be critically applied to works of literature and film. Some of the issues this will raise in our discussions include the following: questions of identity related to the disabled body, the relation of disability activism to other forms of identity politics (race, class, and gender), the socially-constructed status of the normal or able body, the difference between social and medical models of disability, and the role that cultural representations play in assigning meaning to disability, illness, and disease. We will apply these questions to fictional narratives, poetry, and films which portray a variety of different physical and mental disabilities including paralysis, deformity, disfiguration, locked-in syndrome, schizophrenia, mutism, blindness, and deafness.

Understanding the perspectives of people of all types is one of the primary benefits of a Humanities major. This course looks like an excellent way to learn more about underrepresented members of society.

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Have You Lined Up Your Summer Internship Yet?


The sun is shining and finals wrap up next week. If you don’t have a summer internship lined up yet, what are you waiting for? The Department of English has a robust internship program that helps English students with a variety of career aspirations get work experience before graduation (which is when it really counts!) If you aren’t sure what you want to do after your finish your undergraduate studies, internships are a great way to learn more about potential careers and develop long-term networking relationships.

See a PDF version of our internship brochure here. Don’t forget to pay close attention to emails from Chris Green, our Director of Internships – lots of interesting opportunities (some paid, some not) have been coming your way!



Write for Scroll, a New Platform for Readers and Writers


Happy week 10, English students! As summer approaches you’ll no doubt have a bit of extra time on your hands. The following comes to us via Adeeb Sahar with Scroll,  a new platform for serialized fiction of all genres. It seems like a very interesting reflection of the cross-platform evolution of storytelling. See the info below, sent to us by Scroll.

Continue reading “Write for Scroll, a New Platform for Readers and Writers”

Mark Your Calendars for the English Dept End-of-Year Celebration, Friday, June 3rd

We can’t believe it, but it’s about that time again. Another academic year is nearly complete, and it’s cause for celebration! Please join the English Department for a year-end celebration and recognition ceremony for our outstanding students and students graduating with distinction. There will be free food and drink and all are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Drama, Drama, Drama: Theatre School Courses for English Majors

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English students,

The Theatre School at DePaul and the English Department want to alert you to several Fall 2016 Theatre courses, open to non-Theatre majors, that focus on dramatic literature. The courses don’t count for ENG credit, but might make for appealing open electives. It’s a great opportunity to study among the students and professors of one of the world’s best schools of theater. See the descriptions below, and please note that if you’d like to enroll you’ll need to contact Jeanne Williams, the TS Coordinator of Academic Services, at jwilli79@depaul.edu.

In-yer-face theatre is a phenomenon of theatre in the UK in the 1990s as a response to the form of traditional British drama of the 70s and 80s, as a criticism of Thatcher’s England, and as a means of taking theatre and performance to a visceral and visual level. The course examines plays written by those generally acknowledged to be in-yer-face playwrights. Establishing a definition of in-yer-face theatre is the overriding goal of the course. Note: Plays that are labeled “in-yer-face” are often plays that contain adult language, adult situations, and violence.

The course will investigate traditional and non-traditional texts —including drama, solo performance, performance art, museum theatre, and visual arts— for purposes of uncovering the identity, heritage, and culture within these texts for performance. The
course is both a traditional class to learn tools for analysis and a studio lab to create, develop, and devise new works.

Separated by half a century, these two writers seem on the surface near opposites but in fact they share worldviews. Both write plays about regular people–not kings– doing regular things and suffering in regular ways. Both writers challenged conventional
ideas of theatre in their era, including ideas about how time, space, and action should work on the stage. Both writers defied conventional ideas about genre–the idea that comedy should be funny and tragedy should be sad. Both writers created entirely
new forms of dramatic writing. This class will introduce students to the theatres of these two genius writers.

Big Shoulders Books “I Remember” Memorial Day Event in DePaul Newsline

This Memorial Day, Chris Green and thirteen war veterans featured in the recent Big Shoulders Books anthology of poetry I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War will hold a reading at the National Veterans Art Museum.

See the Newsline article here and be sure to check out the event this Monday, May 30 from 3-5 pm.

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