The Department of English at the University of Minnesota continues to be a leader in graduate education. As one of the oldest Ph.D. programs in the country, dating back to the 19th century, it boasts a legacy that unites innovation and tradition. Minnesota's pioneering beginnings persist in a commitment to interdisciplinarity and to emergent fields of study. In addition, the Department of English continues a long tradition of scholarship in established fields such as medieval, early modern, and renaissance studies. Faculty in our department, known nationally and internationally for outstanding research, are also prize-winning teachers dedicated to developing in our students first-hand experience in advancing knowledge in the classroom. The University of Minnesota Libraries offer a wealth of resources supporting research in English and American literatures as well as in such newer areas as post-colonial, gender and sexuality, and African-American studies. And the University of Minnesota campus is situated within the Twin Cities, a lively and livable urban area known for world-class arts and culture. English at Minnesota: a truly unique and dynamic program of graduate study.
With the massive AWP literary conference in town April 8-11, and the just slightly smaller Creative Writing Program Celebration at the Weisman Art Museum 7-9 pm April 10, it seemed the right time to interview Madelon Sprengnether. Twenty years ago, the Regents Professor wrote and shepherded the proposal for the MFA in Creative Writing through various levels of University approval so the Program could begin granting the degree in 1996. What about the MFA Program is she most proud of? "The accomplishments of our graduates," she answers quickly. "The proof is in the pudding." The growing number of alumnae/i publications parallels the feverish output of Creative Writing Program faculty: This spring, Professor Sprengnether publishes (and reads from--see listing below) both a memoir, Great River Road (New Rivers), and a prose poetry collection, Near Solstice (Holy Cow!). What does this all have to do with lab research on memory? Read on.04/01/15
The Department of English welcomes admitted prospective graduate students March 12-13. Events scheduled include a reading by an MFA alumnus, a discussion with current PhD students, class visits, and dinner with graduate students and faculty. We look forward to meeting you!03/04/15
In the last three years, Associate Professor Dan Philippon has researched and taught in Germany, Italy, and France, buoyed by a Fulbright and a fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich. The travel has widened his thinking about food writing and the sustainable food movement, subject of his current research. "Although my specialty will always be American environmental literature, I can't think in isolation anymore," reports Professor Philippon, who serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies. "Now, when I think of American writers, it is always in a global context. And when I think of global processes, like climate change, I think of their effects on particular places and particular people--like the Italian rice grower I met, whose paddies depend on meltwater from the Alps." How does that book-in-progress involve Alice Waters, Wendell Berry . . . and a certain Italian rice grower? Read on.02/04/15
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