The Department of English at the University of Minnesota continues to be a leader in graduate education. As one of the oldest Ph.D. programs in the country, dating back to the 19th century, it boasts a legacy that unites innovation and tradition. Minnesota's pioneering beginnings persist in a commitment to interdisciplinarity and to emergent fields of study. In addition, the Department of English continues a long tradition of scholarship in established fields such as medieval, early modern, and renaissance studies. Faculty in our department, known nationally and internationally for outstanding research, are also prize-winning teachers dedicated to developing in our students first-hand experience in advancing knowledge in the classroom. The University of Minnesota Libraries offer a wealth of resources supporting research in English and American literatures as well as in such newer areas as post-colonial, gender and sexuality, and African-American studies. And the University of Minnesota campus is situated within the Twin Cities, a lively and livable urban area known for world-class arts and culture. English at Minnesota: a truly unique and dynamic program of graduate study.
You may have read Mary Petrie's story in The Star Tribune this summer, or on the Today Parents site. Not long after her oldest child, Stryker, graduated high school last spring, he presented Petrie (PhD 2000) with a wrapped gift. Inside was a book proof of a novel Petrie had written more than a decade ago--a novel a New York agency had shopped unsuccessfully, and Petrie had put aside. Her son had proofed, formatted, and readied the book for self-publishing--to thank the Inver Hills CC professor for raising him and to, as Petrie has said, take "your mother's dreams off the shelf." A story that good needs a follow-up, and we did. Read more.10/30/14
Her work has been called "spellbinding" (by The New Yorker) and "beautifully written" (by Outside magazine). A big welcome to Kim Todd, a new creative nonfiction addition to the Creative Writing Program faculty roster. Todd has written one book about that vagabond Sparrow, another about a female naturalist who, in 1699, voyaged from Amsterdam to South America to study insect metamorphosis (Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis), and her self-explanatory first, Tinkering with Eden: A Natural History of Exotics in America. It's no surprise she holds masters in both environmental studies and creative writing (from the University of Montana). What led her there? Read on.09/16/14
Our professors don't just go home and read after class: As our profile details, one competes in high-level competitive ice dancing; another spins African music as a radio deejay. But, yes, they also read: Professor John Watkins describes his latest perusals, including Solzhenitsyn and other Russian novelists. Plus a boatload of great summer books from faculty and alums. Check out the new issue of our alumnae/i newsletter, e-Quarterly.06/18/14
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