Department of English
The faculty, staff, and students welcome you to the USF English department. We offer
broad study in literature, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing on both
the undergraduate and graduate levels,
with classes taught by our distinguished faculty. The links
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Fleming Publishes New Book
John Henry Fleming, creative writing professor and author, has just published a new book, Songs for the Deaf. From Burrow Press: "The stories in John Henry Fleming’s Songs for the Deaf, the first story collection by the 'marvelously inventive' and 'winningly satiric' author of The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman, put an intimate and modern spin on the American tall tale." This new collection adds to a truly unique body of work for Fleming, who teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level fiction classes and is the faculty advisory editor for the journal Saw Palm, which is produced by students in the MFA program in Creative Writing.
Sukrungruang Wins Research Award
Creative writing professor Ira Sukrungruang recently won a USF Outstanding Research Achievement Award. Sukrungruang joined the English Department as an Assistant Professor in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. His publication record has grown immensely in recent years, having published essays, poems, and short stories widely in literary journals, as well as a memoir, Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy (2010), and most recently a collection of poems, In Thailand It Is Night, which won the Anita Schraff Award. He was invited as a Visiting Writing to universities as far away as Australia and Hong Kong. His next book, a nonfiction collection titled Southside Buddhist: Essays, is already in press.
Meakin Publishes Book on Lady Drury
Professor Heather Meakin's book, The Painted Closet of Lady Anne Bacon Drury, has just been released by Ashgate Publishing. Meakin was awarded a Paul Mellon Centre Publication and Author Grant for the completion of the book. This 150,000-word book examines the prayer closet, or study, of one of John Donne’s patronesses, the wealthy and well-connected Lady Anne Bacon Drury (1572-1624). For more information, or for a discounted purchase of the book, please visit the publisher's website. Prof. Meakin has also been selected as the Humanities Institute’s December “Homegrown Humanities” Scholar. She’ll be discussing her book on December 4 at 3:30pm in the Grace Allen Room.
Saw Palm Voted Best Local Literary Journal
The department's Florida-themed literary journal, Saw Palm, has been voted "Best Local Literary Journal" for 2013 by Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Each year, the local magazine holds contests for the best local people, places, and things in the Tampa Bay area. The journal was nominated and voted on by the magazine's readers via Web polling. Saw Palm was established in 2006 by professor and author John Fleming to showcase the unique essence of Florida through fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. The journal is produced annually by graduate students in the English Department. Congratulations to the all of the editors and contributors!
Marty Gould Wins NEH Grant
Professor Marty Gould has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to direct a four-week summer seminar titled "Great Adaptations: Dickens in Literature and Film," which will offer a select group of junior high and high school teachers the opportunity to explore the use of adaptations in the teaching of Dickens (and nineteenth-century novels more generally). The seminar will take place at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in July 2014. This will be the second time Professor Gould will direct this NEH summer seminar, which is co-sponsored by the Dickens Universe, an international consortium of research universities.
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