In December, Patrick D. Murphy, Professor and Chair of the Department of English, will give twelve lectures in China at eight different universities in the cities of Beijing, Shijizhuang, Dalian, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Jinhua. His presentations will focus on the theory and practice of ecological literary criticism, American humanities programs, and critical translations.
UCF English professor Mark L Kamrath, General Editor of the Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition, recently co-edited The Letters and Early Epistolary Writings of Charles Brockden Brown (2013), a 960-page volume of Brown’s correspondence and related writings.
English Professor David James Poissant's essay "I Want to Be Friends With Republicans" appeared in the Sunday edition of The New York Times. Poissant writes about how talking with his male friends had helped his prejudices against conservatives turn into a mind-opening experience.
The Department of English invites graduate students, alumni, and faculty in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies, Technical Communication, Rhetoric and Composition M.A. programs, M.F.A. in Creating Writing program, and Ph.D. in Texts and Technology program, as well as Honors in the Major (HIM) students, to apply to the third annual English symposium, a one-day conference on Friday, February 21, 2014.
The University of Central Florida is joining forces with MadCap Software to empower students taking its “Writing for the Computer Industry” course with the knowledge and experience that will give them a clear competitive advantage in the workforce. Through the MadCap Scholar Program, the university is licensed to use MadCap Flare, the authoring and multi-channel publishing software—supporting print, Web, desktop and mobile—to provide students with the most advanced authoring and publishing solution available today. By using MadCap Flare, students are gaining expertise in the modern techniques and software used by thousands of companies worldwide when they enter the corporate world.
UCF English professor Pat Rushin calls himself an “overgrown student,” but to those in the film industry he’s better known as the writer behind the Venice Film Festival entry, The Zero Theorem.
The Society for Technical Communication honored local resident and UCF graduate Dan Voss at its annual conference.
David James Poissant, an English department faculty member, has signed a two-book contract with Simon & Schuster. The first book, a collection of short stories, will be published in spring 2014. The second, a novel, will be published in 2015. Both books were acquired by Senior Editor Millicent Bennett, whose S&S authors include Will Allison, Philip Lopate, Anuradha Roy, and Brando Skyhorse.
Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés is an inspiring teacher and leader. She is also a writer whose work connects her with the diverse experiences of Latinas throughout the country as well as of those of all English teachers of writing. As an Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Florida, she has been involved in the CCCC for over 20 years and masterfully served as co-chair of the Latino Caucus from 1995 till 2007, editing the caucus newsletter Capirotada during this time. Her work is included in several anthologies, most recently the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, and she was the 2009 Theodore Morrison Fiction Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. Her important collection of short stories, Marielitos, Balseros, and Other Exiles (2009), was followed by her Everyday Chica, winner of the 2010 Longleaf Press Poetry Prize.