English Major at Carroll College
Students completing an English major at Carroll College will have:
- an understanding of the basic knowledge, concepts, and critical theories of the major field;
- the critical thinking skills needed for generating and analyzing both literary and expository texts;
- an ability to read, speak, and write in a second language;
- the writing and speaking skills needed to communicate effectively in the field; and
- an understanding of cross-cultural issues.
The major programs of study offer sound preparation for graduate study in literature, languages, or writing. In addition, it is possible for a student to design a program to prepare for studying law or for entering a career in journalism, public relations, public information, or communications. Seniors may choose to gain practical experience by completing a Career Internship in the local community.
- Prof. Loren Graham's third collection of poems, Places I Was Dreaming, has just been released.
- Instructor Chelsia Rice's essay "We're Not Going Anywhere" is forthcoming in the anthology Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity, edited by Carter Sickles and published by Ooligan Press, Portland State University's small press. Release date is February 25th in print and as an e-book.
- Prof. Kevin Stewart's poem "Two Flat Tires" is forthcoming in the Spring, 2015 issue of The Common. Also, read his (mostly) weekly "Hot Couch Report," a column centered (mostly) around sports and based in the Hampshire Review, a weekly newspaper based in his home state of West Virginia.
- Instructor Corrie Williamson published three poems at TriQuarterly and has poems forthcoming in AGNI. She was a finalist in the Devils Lake Driftless Prize, and her poem is forthcoming there, also.
- Instructor Chelsia Rice published "Tough Enough to Float" in the The Los Angeles Review, Spring, 2013. The essay has been selected as a Notable Best American Essay for 2014.
- The 2014 Carroll College Literary Festival was pleased to welcome Michael Garriga--author of The Book of Duels and Assistant Professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio--as the keynote speaker. Dr. Garriga read from his book and fielded questions Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. in Trinity Hall Lounge.
- Instructor Corrie Williamson had her poem "A Sparrow's Life's as Sweet as Mine" recently featured on Poetry Daily. The poem originally appeared in Waccamaw and is included in her collection Sweet Husk, which was published earlier this year on Perugia Press.
- Prof. Kevin Stewart's poem "Magicicada, Spring 2012" appears online in The Common.
- Dr. Deb Bernardi recently returned from sabbatical in Naples, Italy, where she worked on her book on the meanings of Italy to American women. And while she is mostly focusing on American women writers, as part of this project, in Naples she interviewed American women expats who live there to see what Italy and the expat life has meant to them. Dr. Bernardi also spoke at the University of Naples "Orientale" and worked with the students and faculty she met during her Fulbright there in 2011.
- Alumnus Jodi Schmitz is a grad student in speech pathology at Marquette University, where she is also a teaching assistant.
- Sarah Wear, class of 2007 (BA English), was accepted into the professional MBA program at George Washington University. Her emphasis is in strategic management and public policy, which aligns with her full-time career as a strategic analyst working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC. She is expected to graduate in 2015.
BOOKS BY OUR FACULTY
Dr. Deb Bernardi
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
The Ring Scar
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."
The Tragedy of MacBeth
Academic edition based on Shakespeare's First Folio.
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."
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to choose carroll college for english
- The department is just the right size so that professors teach the things that interest and excite them - and often end up interesting and exciting the students, too!
- Being treated as an equal by professors, not as another name to which they must assign a grade.
- Work on what you want to (within reason, of course!).
- Learn the power of rhetoric and mind control.
- The department has a sense of what is valuable to a student's development. The Professors actually care about the work you produce!
- No one knows Shakespeare better than Morris.
- Come finals, you suddenly become the most popular person on campus, so it's easy to make a little cash editing papers!
- Every professor encourages ideas and exploration of topics that are both interesting and valuable.
- No one questions your caffeine addictions or sleeping habits.
- The entire department seems like a large, loving (albeit dysfunctional) family!
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THIS MAJOR?
Carroll English graduates are currently at work in the following fields, among others:
- Freelance Writing
- Fiction Writing
- Graduate Studies in English and Creative Writing
- Masters In Business Administration
- Public Relations
- Speech Therapy
- Teaching Middle School
- Teaching High School
- Technical Writing