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Literature and Creative Writing Courses to be offered this Fall in Friday Harbor!

30 Mar

In Autumn 2012, Professor Richard Kenney from the UW Department of English will be teaching Literature and Creative Writing courses at Friday Harbor: ENGL 365, “Reading the Marine Environment” (5 cr), ENGL 283/383/483, “Writing the Marine Environment”(5 cr), and an optional “Creative Writing Lab,” ENGL 493, (2 cr). All of these courses will take full advantage of living on San Juan Island, focusing on the marine environment; the sea and seashore; Moby Dick and other nautically-minded literature; and creative writing inspired by by writers, artists, scientists and naturalists who have taken the sea for their subject.

You can take 12 credits of English courses, or you can mix and match
these classes with introductory Marine Biology and Fisheries courses for
a full course load of 15-17 credits. This could be a great way to take
care of some of those NW credits you might still need for graduation, or
it might simply be an opportunity to learn more about the incredible
diversity of sea life in the Pacific Northwest.

To learn more about this exciting new program, please come to the Information Session on Thursday, April 12 starting at 3:30 pm in THO 134 or visit the Autumn 2012 Friday Harbor Program webpage.



Winter 2012 Community Literacy Program

28 Oct


* helping public school students succeed?

* getting real world experience to help you choose a major or a career path?

* completing classroom hours for the Education, Learning and Society Minor

or for application to a Masters in Teaching program?

* improving your research, writing, and collaborative learning and

presentation skills?

* Are you looking for an opportunity (in the words of Paul Farmer) to “use

what you learn to transform yourself and your community”?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Community Literacy Program may be just what you’re looking for.

HOW THE COMMUNITY LITERACY PROGRAM WORKS: Community Literacy Program (CLP) is an 8 credit program linking English 298A and Education 401C. In English

298 you’ll meet on campus MW 10:30-12:20 in a writing-intensive seminar focused on learning effective methods of working with public school students in language arts, exploring some central challenges and opportunities for public education, and using writing to inquire into, develop and communicate your thinking about these issues. English 298A is taught by CLP Director Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill in collaboration with College of Education Language Arts faculty member Karen Mikolasy. In EDUC 401C you’ll put what you learn on campus into action, volunteering (4-5 hours a week, on a schedule you arrange) at one of our partner public schools in Seattle or

Shoreline: Olympic Hills Elementary, Aki Kurose Middle School or Shorecrest High School.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: To sign up for the Community Literacy Program, contact the Director, Dr. Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill

( for an Education 401C add code. Once you are registered in Education 401C, you will be able to register for the required linked course, English 298A. English 298 can be used toward either the UW’s 10-credit “W” requirement or the 5 credit “Composition” requirement.

QUESTIONS? Additional information is available at the program web site:

Please feel free to get in touch with the Director, Dr. Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill, if you’ve got questions.

Friday Harbor Poetry Program

28 Jun

The English Department Poetry in Friday Harbor Program is still accepting applications, but the deadline is fast approaching. Interested students should apply on or before this Thursday, June 30, 2011.

This is a great opportunity to study poetry in a beautiful setting. Students earn 5 credits of ENGL 283, 383, 483, or 493 in Autumn Quarter, depending on previous coursework completed.

All majors are welcome: no experience is presumed; a wide range of experience is anticipated.

The program is two weeks in September: 9/9-9/24.

More information.

Feel free to contact the program faculty with questions:

Jason Whitmarsh:
Richard Kenney:

Spanish Plots, Plotting Spaniards

29 Mar

Barbara Fuchs

Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011 – 3:30 PM

Communications 202

With its vision of Spanish ambition and Jesuit conspiracy, Thomas Middleton’s A Game at Chess (1624) is the most notorious anti-Spanish play of Jacobean England, giving literary life to political cliché. Yet despite the loud denunciations of plotting Spaniards both in this play and in the abundant pamphlet literature on which Middleton drew, English dramatists remained fascinated by Spanish plots. Middleton’s own The Spanish Gypsy, of just a year before, takes up multiple plots from Cervantes, creating a colorful Spain characterized as much by its carnivalesque gypsies as by its corrupt aristocrats. By juxtaposing a series of intricately plotted plays with Spanish sources to A Game at Chess, this talk shows how productive Spain proved for the English stage, despite the frequent portrayal of Spaniards as plotters and Machiavellians.

Historical Hopkins: What Hopkins’s Poems Teach us About Prosody

29 Mar

Meredith Martin (Princeton University)

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 – 3:30 PM

Communications 202

Would the history of twentieth-century approaches to Victorian meters have been different without the untimely appearance of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poetry? Meredith Martin (English, Princeton University) argues that Hopkins’s life and meter (in many ways indistinguishable in 20th-century criticism) have supported a model of twentieth-century reading that assumes metrical form to be expressive only in its deviation from a prescribed norm. Rather than a disruption to the literary histories of Victorian poetry that were being written and codified in the early twentieth-century, Hopkins’s publication history gives us a unique vantage point from which to historicize our own desire to understand Hopkins’s prosody in particular and Victorian prosody in general. By misreading Hopkins, we have largely misread Victorian metrical culture. Hopkins’s poems and writing about prosody teach us to read historically, but only if we are willing to admit that we are always, potentially, misreading. In this talk, Martin will trace the reception history of Hopkins poetry (at the turn of the twentieth century, at the end of the First World War (1918), in the interwar period (1930), and after the publication of his letters in 1933) to show the expectations and disappointments of early twentieth-century approaches to Victorian meters.

Links Fair! 3/30/11

28 Mar

Still exploring majors?

Wish you knew more about what UW has to offer?

Come and check out all of the disciplines offered here at UW as you play fun gamesand interact with advanced students and advisers at the Links Majors Fair! It’s happening in Lander Hall on March 30th from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be lots of opportunities to win FREE prizes and eat FREE cookies! What’s not to love? Just to name a FEW of the fun things happening at the fair…

-Explore brain samples under a microscope with BIOLINK
-Design and create your own buttons with ARTSLINK
-Create a poem for a friend with the WORDLINK poem generator
-Learn about exciting career options with the UW CAREER CENTER
-Meet academic ADVISERS that can help you find your path

We hope you can make it! Contact with questions

Reading While Black: Thinking about Black Male Literacy in the Age of Hip Hop

8 Mar

CHID 498: Reading While Black: Thinking about Black Male Literacy in the Age of Hip Hop

SLN 19262

T/TH 430-620

“Reading While Black” will combine theoretical texts, literacy narratives, and in-class dialogue to understand the long-standing ambivalence that African-American men, and others, experience around their literacy practices and performances of manhood. In brief, this course aims to foster dialogue among texts and participants around the evolution of these tensions toward literacy, manhood, the politics of respectability, and social mobility felt regarding this specific sociological group. By reading a selection of autobiographies, memoirs, and narratives from a wide span of history, we will seek to understand the roots of this ambivalence and the way that certain ideologies ensure its continuation, as well as ways it is being challenged.

Max A. Hunter angel00

John Perkins Teaching Fellow