Professor/Chair, Department of English
AUTHOR

Mark West

Monday Missive – October 16, 2017

 

Thomas Wolfe Moves In — Paula Eckard will be talking about her book Thomas Wolfe and Lost Children in Southern Literature as part of the Personally Speaking Series on November 14, 2017.  In the lead up to her presentation, we have just installed an exhibit on Thomas Wolfe in the main lobby of the English Department.  Among the items included in the exhibit are copies of Wolfe’s books, recent issues of the Thomas Wolfe Review (edited by Paula),...

Monday Missive – October 2, 2017

 

CLGO Organizes Banned Books Week Events —  The members of the Children’s Literature Graduate Organization (CLGO) organized a series of events related to the annual Banned Books Week, which took place this year from September 24 through September 30.  At the beginning of the week, CLGO set up special displays in the Atkins Library to spread the word about Banned Books Week.

On Tuesday, CLGO hosted their traditional banned books tea party. They served...

Monday Missive – September 18, 2017

3 Under 30 — The website Charlotte Agenda recently ran an article titled “30 Under 30”  in which they featured thirty young people who are making a difference in the Charlotte community.  Inside UNC Charlotte picked up this story and noted that of the people featured in the article six graduated from UNC Charlotte, including one who majored in English.  For more information, please click on the following link:  http://inside.uncc.edu/news-features/2017-09-11/alums-make-%E2%80%9930-under-30%E2%80%99-list ...

Monday Missive – September 4, 2017

 

Working and Making — When I think about the meaning of Labor Day, I think about the meaning of work in our daily lives.  One of the most memorable books I have ever read on the meaning of work is Studs Terkel’s Working:  People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.  I read this collection of oral history interviews when it first came out in 1974.  I was an undergraduate student at the time, and I read it for one of my classes.

Many of...

Monday Missive – August 21, 2017

“Wall of Fame”

Excellence in Teaching — Whenever I talk about the English Department to candidates or other people who are interested in our department, I mention that our faculty members take teaching very seriously.  We do not all teach in the same way, but we are all committed to sharing our specialized knowledge and insights with our students.  We all do our best to cultivate our students’ skills as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. ...

Monday Missive – October 9, 2017

 

 

 

 

All the World’s Our Stage — The 42nd Annual UNC Charlotte International Festival will take place on Saturday, October 14, at 10:00 a.m. in the in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center.  For more information about this festival, please click on the following link: http://ifest.uncc.edu  As I checked out the information about this festival, I was reminded about the English Department’s many global connections....

Monday Missive – September 26, 2017 (a day late)

Narratives Are Us — I have a longstanding interest in story-based amusement parks and literary playgrounds, so it was with great anticipation that I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this past weekend. One of the star attractions of Universal Orlando, this totally immersive world truly provides visitors with a sense that they have somehow magically entered the pages of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. My wife, son, and I are all great admirers of...

Monday Missive – September 11, 2017

The English Department Has Received a Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council — I am pleased to announce that the English Department has just been awarded one of the North Carolina’s Humanities Council’s “Large Grants” to support a series of community events around the theme of “The Child Character in Southern Literature and Film.” This $20,000 grant will make it possible for the English Department to bring several...

Monday Missive – August 28, 2017

Laz Varnas and the Origins of Our Linguistics Program — If you have ever watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you’ll likely remember that the father in this film always traces the origins of practically everything back to the ancient Greeks.  He is very proud of his Greek heritage and takes every opportunity to share his passion for all things Greek.  In some ways, Laz Varnas, the first linguist in our English Department, reminds me of the father from this film....

Monday Missive – August 14, 2017

 

Reflections on the Eclipse — In a very literal way, the hullabaloo surrounding the start of the fall 2017 semester is being eclipsed by an eclipse.  On August 21, during our New Student Convocation, we will experience a solar eclipse.  Well, what’s an English professor to do when faced with such a celestial phenomenon?  For me, at least, the upcoming solar eclipse has prompted me to retrieve my copy of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King...

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