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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 to the left will navigate you through this site.

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Department Highlights

MFA Student Interviewed by Spry Literary Journal

Jenni Nance

Jenni Nance, MFA 2014, has been interviewed by Spry Literary Journal as part of their ongoing effort to introduce talented new writers and bring engaging content to the forefront of the literary journal-reading community. A multi-genre writer, Jenni notes in the interview, "I believe we all begin with poetry. We begin to acquire language with the smallest unit, with morphemes. . . . Listen to a preschooler’s syntax–-many poets would die to tap into that kind of invention. Poetry is all over the playground, and I believe that’s where I first started trying to communicate an image." The full interview is available online. Congratulations, Jenni!

Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture

In celebration of National Poetry Month and the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Coppelia Kahn will speak at the inaugural Humanities Insitute Shakespeare Lecture. Kahn’s talk, “The Making of Shakespeares: Commemoration, Cultural Memory, and ‘the Bard,’” will draw on her current research on the creation of Shakespeare as a cultural icon in 19th and 20th century discourses of race and empire. Kahn is Professor of English at Brown University, and for years her research has focused on the Bard. She was among the first scholars to introduce the question of gender into Shakespeare studies, most notably in her 1981 book, Man’s Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare. This event is co-sponsored by the USF Humanities Institute.

Fleming Publishes New Book

Songs for the Deaf

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.

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