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.
This fall, doctoral student Jessica Apolloni was chosen to be one of ten participants in an inaugural fellowship from the Academy for Advanced Study in the Renaissance (another doctoral candidate, Caitlin McHugh, also was selected). The fellows will spend five weeks next spring working with a distinguished group of senior Renaissance scholars, first in Oxford, England, then in Rome, and finally Chicago. Each receives a stipend of $10,000 in addition to room, board, and airfare. Apolloni, who received her BA in English at Minnesota, also won a fellowship in her first year of doctoral studies--a Fulbright to spend a semester in Italy. It was then she developed a fascination with early modern stories of criminal activity, which is now the subject of her dissertation. Read on.12/05/13
In his new memoir, Leaving Rollingstone, Kevin Fenton (MFA 2005) offers a summary of his story of growing up in a village outside Winona: "I liked those humans. I am sad they are gone." But of course the book covers so much more: the impact of pop culture in the 1960s and '70s (he's the little brother of dancing fiends); the unique nurturance of a Catholic education for rural kids not drawn to farming; the richness of families (nuclear and affective); the tricky weight of inheritance; and the discovery of vocation. In Fenton's case, it's clear the latter is writing--which he's committed to as both a creative writer and an advertising creative. He'll be launching the memoir with the help of local literati Sept 12 at Common Good Books; for now he's got answers to our five questions. . . .09/06/13
Alex Mueller (PhD '07) wants you--specifically you, potential graduate student--to know that he wasn't accepted the first time he applied for English graduate study at Minnesota. Maybe it was because he was a nontraditional candidate, a high school English teacher (in Colorado), or maybe because he got his MA in Classics, focusing on Latin literature. But he persevered. He applied again, got in, and eventually won a Ruth Drake Dissertation Fellowship--which gave him a teaching-free semester to finish and successfully defend his dissertation. When he entered the job market, that dissertation won him a tenure-track position at University of Massachusetts Boston and, six years later, his first book publication. More. . .
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