Our English program has a simple goal: to help you engage in the never-ending work of reading more insightfully, thinking more clearly, and writing more beautifully. We know that you’ll be long gone from us when you’re at your best, but we know our programs in literature, education, and creative writing will help you get there. We believe that literature is one of the most powerful ways that humans express what it means to be human, and that a steady, disciplined reading of classic and modern literature gives you insight and inspiration as you create your own texts. Our writing courses help you pursue your own creative vision and build toward careers in editing, publishing, journalism, or technical writing. Lastly, our courses in literary theory, rhetoric, and linguistics help you explore the powers and limitations of language and thought.
Carroll's English graduates can look forward to excellent placement opportunities in various careers, professional schools, and graduate programs around the country. Approximately one-third of Carroll's English graduates become educators in primary or secondary schools. Others pursue successful careers in advertising, business, communications, journalism, public relations, politics, publishing, and numerous other fields.
Carroll's English graduates often choose to pursue advanced degrees (M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., etc.) in graduate programs and law schools across the United States and around the world. English faculty at Carroll are committed to placing qualified students into their chosen careers or the finest professional and graduate programs possible. Preparation for the Graduate Record Exam (G.R.E.) is a significant feature of this commitment to provide graduates with a solid foundation for academic and professional success.
Our Sisters' Keepers: Nineteenth-Century Benevolence Literature by American Women
"A lively collection that offers a fresh and varied look at the theme of poverty and benevolence in the work of 19th-century American women writers, uncovering texts that have, for the most part, received little critical attention in this context. Our Sisters' Keepers contributes significantly to our understanding of how American women redefined the concept of American identity through the genre of 'benevolence' or reform literature."--Leah Blatt Glasser, author of In a Closet Hidden: The Life and Work of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
"In their well-conceived and fascinating new collection, Jill Bergman and Debra Bernardi break new ground in philanthropic and literary studies by putting together the first book-length examination of benevolence literature by American women." --Gregory Eiselein, Professor of English and Coffman University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Kansas State University, in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
Loren Graham�s The Ring Scar is a haunting sequence of sonnets that narrate a divorce and its aftermath. Treading difficult emotional and aesthetic territory, these poems both cut and heal.
This book-length narrative poem is astonishing: Graham's debut tells the story of Mose, a convicted murderer in a Texas prison, with all the insight and inexorable suspense of a Dostoevsky novel-while sculpted by the craft, form and language of poetry. Pages are titled by the number of days Mose has left in prison, with each "day" constituting a poem in itself. The unrhymed triplet form Graham uses is full of internal rhyme, assonance and alliteration, and develops a rhythm of pulse and necessity that belies ever mistaking it for prose. Within this poetic frame a tapestry of voices is woven to explain the crime and its legacy: a narrative voice acting as omniscient witness to Mose's circumstances; italicized lines which represent a letter Mose is writing-either literally or in his head-to his love, Gracie; while capitalized or in bold-face are the voices of various external authorities, from Christian hymns to a prison manual to newspaper clippings. These languages of Mose's inner and outer worlds grow confused when his own perceptions do, though Graham's skill as a poet-storyteller makes the overall effect lucid, even when Mose hallucinates a chorus of voices accompanying "angels two by deafening two."
Kevin C Stewart
The Way Things Always Happen Here
In his debut short-fiction collection,THE WAY THINGS ALWAYS HAPPEN HERE, Kevin Stewart takes his readers to the scene of a heinous murder, to the home of an alcoholic single mother, to the 1960s election campaign of JFK through West Virginia, and off the side of the New River Gorge Bridge. In these eight stories set in fictional Oak County in southern West Virginia, and one novella set in the Arkansas Ozarks, Stewart gives us characters who all love and hate where they're from. In "One Mississippi," two teenage boys test their friendship and face their deepest fears. The eponymous "The Way Things Always Happen Here" is a wrenching tale of two teenage lovers coming of age in a place that can t hold both of them. "Debts" pits an artistic son who has chosen basket weaving as a profession against the wishes of his father, a miner and UMWA member. The startling "June Hay" picks up again the father/son conflict. The novella "Margot" has been described as a juxtaposed tale of romance and violence... worthy of James Dickey (New Delta Review). Tom Franklin, author of POACHERS and SMONK: A NOVEL, called Margot a "heartbreaking and contemporary western of epic proportions."
Think you got what it takes to be in Carroll’s Literary Magazine? Then submit your literary work (i.e. poetry, short stories) or art to: email@example.com or submit your work to the Colors Office in the Lower Campus Center.
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