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Idaho State University

English and Philosophy

Student writing on the quad in the fall

Our department offers small classes and award-winning faculty.  English students focus on literature, professional writing, or creative writing, while Philosophy majors take traditional or pre-law tracks.  Our M.A., TESOL certificate, and Ph.D. in  English and the Teaching of English prepare graduate students for careers in higher education.

See what courses are offered in our Course Booklet (Spring 2020 offerings) or visit our program page.


Friday, Oct. 18th 3:30-4:30 pm in LA 256. Dr. Brian Attebery Colloquium "Timor Mortis Conturbat Me: Fantasty and Fear". Explore the ways fantasy teaches us to handle great fear, with examples ranging from the folktale about “The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear” to Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea.

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd 3:30-4:45 pm in LA 160 (Black Rock & Sage office). Black, Rock, & Sage will be holding a book club event.  There will be snacks and a lively discussion of the selected page turner.

Friday, Oct. 25th 3:30-4:30 pm in LA 256. Dana Benge Ph.D. Completion Colloquim. She will present on feminist heroines in young adult fiction.

Friday, Nov. 1st 3:30-4:30 pm in LA 256. Quinn Grover Ph.D. Completion Colloquium. He will present on water in the literature of the American West.

Thursday, Nov. 7th 2:30-3:30 pm in LA 244. Quinn Grover Reading. Come and join us for a reading from the recently published book by Quinn Grover.

Friday, Nov. 8th 3:30-4:30 pm in LA 256. B.J. Rowe Ph.D. Completion Colloquium. He will present on early American literature.

Friday, Nov. 15th 4:00-7:00 pm in REND 213. BR&S Fall Write-A-Thon. Come and join your peers in finishing up those writing projects with prizes and food available.


Tiffany Martin, Aluma, Ph.D. in English and the Teaching of English, was recently promoted to the position of Global Editorial Content Manager at Roquette America, a producer of plant-based vegetable proteins. In their official announcement, Roquette stated: "As Global Editorial Content Manager, Tiffany will help develop the strategy to increase the output and outcomes of our global communications efforts. She will also oversee our global editorial content calendar and use her outstanding proofreading and copy editing skills, as well as her Ph.D. in English, to provide a critical final edit to key pieces of content before they go live to our stakeholders, especially those who are outside of Roquette." Tiffany also writes that she's had an article based on her dissertation accepted for publication in the journal Mythlore.

English Faculty Members and Graduate Students recently returned from the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain MLA, which took place in EL Paso, TX. Alan Johnson, Professor of English, chaired two South Asian Literature panels and presented his own on “South Asian Literary Pilgrimage: Preliminary Considerations"; Matthew VanWinkle, Associate Professor of English, chaired a panel on Nineteenth-Century English literature, and presented a paper,  "Unlettered Memory and the Persistence of the Past in Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend"; Kimberly Madsen Dill, Doctoral Candidate, organized a panel on Victorian Travelers, where she presented her paper,  "Reinscribing Gender: Victorian Women Travellers and the Professional Self"; and Andrew Hansen, Doctoral Student, also presented on that panel with his paper,  "Travel in West Africa: Expectation and Influence."

David Lawrimore, Assistant Professor of English, recently presented a paper, "Samuel Woodworth, Early American Newspapers, and Partisan Dissent," at the Charles Brockden Brown 12th Biennial Conference in Lexington, KY.




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