Professor/Chair, Department of English
AUTHOR

Mark West

Monday Missive – July 16, 2018

From Graduate Students to Teachers — My career as a university administrator can be traced back to the fall of 1990 when I became the English Department’s Director of the Graduate Programs.  In the process of serving in this position, I learned a lot about the demographics of our graduate program.  At the time, most of […]

Monday Missive – July 2, 2018

A Room for Anita Moss — Shortly after Anita Moss’s passing, I contacted the leadership of the Children’s Literature Association and shared with them the sad news about Anita.  I knew that Anita had been a very active member of the Children’s Literature Association during the late 1970s and ’80s, and I was sure that the […]

Monday Missive – June 18, 2018

Linguists on the Loose — It is sometimes difficult to keep track of the whereabouts of the linguists in our English Department, for they are often trotting around the globe, presenting papers at various international conferences.  There is, however, one person who has made it her business to monitor and report on the professional travels of these footloose faculty members, and that person in Liz Miller, who herself is something of a globetrotter.  Much like Winston...

Monday Missive – June 4, 2018

Visiting Pippi Longstocking — When this Monday Missive shows up in your inbox, I will be in Vimmerby, Sweden, doing research related to Astrid Lindgren, the author of Pippi Longstocking. In preparing for this trip, I come to realize that Lindgren holds a very prominent position in contemporary Swedish society.  There are numerous cites in Sweden where visitors can learn more about Lindgren and her novels about Pippi Longstocking.  I am focusing my trip on...

Monday Missive – May 28, 2018

Learning about D-Day — The members of UNC Charlotte’s marching band are about to head off to Normandy, France, in order to participate in the ceremonies commemorating the 74th anniversary of D-Day.  This past weekend, The Charlotte Observer published an excellent article by Lawrence Toppman about the band’s upcoming trip.  Titled “Memories and Honor Go with Marching Band on Its Way to Normandy,” the article goes into detail about how...

Monday Missive – July 9, 2018

Summer of Research — Teaching is not just about conveying information to students;  it is also about developing students’ research skills.  This aspect of teaching often takes the form of mentoring, and it can involve including students in faculty members’ own research projects.  UNC Charlotte sponsors several summer programs that are intended to facilitate the development […]

Monday Missive – June 25, 2018

Visiting Winnie-the-Pooh in Atlanta — This past weekend my wife and I went to Atlanta in order to attend a wedding for one of her college friends.  While we were there we visited the High Museum of Art and saw a a special traveling exhibition called “Winnie-the-Pooh:   Exploring a Classic.”  This exhibition will remain on view at the High Museum of Art through September 2, 2018.  For more information about this exhibition, please click on the following...

Monday Missive – June 11, 2018

Sequential Art and Storytelling — This coming weekend, fans of comic books, graphic novels, and manga will gather in Charlotte for the annual Heroes Convention, also known as HeroesCon.  One of the largest such conventions in the country, HeroesCon will take place at the Charlotte Convention Center from June 15–17.  The fact that this event is big enough to fill Charlotte’s largest venue for conventions is a clear indicator of the importance of these...

Monday Missive – May 28, 2018

Learning about D-Day — The members of UNC Charlotte’s marching band are about to head off to Normandy, France, in order to participate in the ceremonies commemorating the 74th anniversary of D-Day.  This past weekend, The Charlotte Observer published an excellent article by Lawrence Toppman about the band’s upcoming trip.  Titled “Memories and Honor Go with Marching Band on Its Way to Normandy,” the article goes into detail about how...

Monday Missive – May 28, 2018

Weddings in Literature — With the world awash with news of the recent royal wedding, now seems an apropos time to write about the depiction of weddings in literary works.  I decided to focus on works that relate directly to courses that we regularly offer in the English Department.

Weddings figure prominently in several of William Shakespeare’s plays, but my favorite is A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  In this carnivalesque play, Shakespeare evokes...

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