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Course Booklet - Offerings for Spring 2018


Friday, November 17th: "Blood will have blood": Reframing Violence in Justin Kurzel's Macbeth.  PhD Completion Colloquium by Jacob Claflin 3:30 pm in LA 256. Using multimodal poetics, an approach he devised, Jacob Claflin will analyze how Justin Kurzel’s 2015 film adaptation of Macbeth reframes the violence in the play to offer commentary on violence and trauma. *Some of the film clips in this presentation present graphic scenes of violence in war*


Thursday, January 25th: Black Rock & Sage Staff Showcase 5:30-6:30 pm in the Clearwater Room of the PSUB.


Thursday, February 8th: Visiting Writer Matt Babcock 5:30-7:00 pm.  Location TBA.


Thursday, Feb. 15th: Audubon Film Screening and Discussion 7-9:30 pm.  Location TBA. The Pocatello chapter of the Audubon Society will host a screening and discussion of an environmental film.


Friday, Feb. 23rd: Academic Book Publishing Workshop: From Draft to Contract 3-5 pm. Location TBA.


Friday and Saturday March 30-31st: Endeavor to Transcend: Intermountain Graduate Conference. REND Suites 9:30-6:30 on Friday. 8:30-6:30 on Saturday. The conference is free and open to the public and is sponsored by EGSA (English Graduate Student Association).




The Department of English and Philosophy is pleased to announce that Grobman and Rosenberg, eds. Service Learning and Literary Studies in English (MLA 2015) is the winner of the 2017 Teaching Literature Book Award. For more information, click on the "Scholarships and Awards" tab to the left.

Dr. Margaret Johnson, Professor of English, recently presented a paper, “Narrative Elusion in Emily Ruskovich’s Idaho” at the Western Literature Association Conference in Minneapolis.

Dr. Jessica Winston, Professor of English, recently gave a paper, "Or Not to Act: Stasis and Stoicism in Thomas Kyd's Cornelia (1594)" at that Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Milwaukee, WI. 

A substantial and diverse contingent represented the ISU English department at this year's Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference, October 12-14 in Spokane.

Professor Alan Johnson presented "Waste, Wasteland, Forest, Jungle: Readings in Indian Literature.”

Assistant Professor Matthew VanWinkle presented “The Gory and the Dream: Romantic Lives and Afterlives in Penny Dreadful."

PhD Candidate Kimberly Madsen presented “Victorian Women Travel Writers and Authorial Self-fashioning.”

PhD Candidate Amy Brumfield presented “The Grammar-Phobic Guide to Assessing Student Grammar Errors.”

PhD Candidate Corinna Barrett Percy presented “The Tradition of the Indian Warrior: Trauma, Violence, and Identity in House Made of Dawn.”

Instructor Elise Barker presented “Taking My Own Freshman Composition Course.”


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