2014 Grayson Lecture: “Shakespeare’s Brainy Girls: Seeing Beyond the Hysterical”

Students Gabriella Raccio and Bethany Cooper, Grayson speaker Caroline Bicks, and professor Kirsti Sandy and Brinda Charry with professor Janet Grayson

Students Gabriella Raccio and Bethany Cooper, Grayson speaker Caroline Bicks, and professors Kirsti Sandy and Brinda Charry with professor Janet Grayson


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Dr. Caroline Bicks in the Mountain View Room

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Keene is Reading 2013-14: Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree

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Emily Robbins Sharpe introducing Andrew Solomon

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Andrew Solomon in the Mabel Brown Room

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Co-Directors of the Keene is Reading Program, Emily Robbins Sharpe and William Stroup with Andrew Solomon and Students

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The Eder Creative Writing Scholarship for 2014-2015

The Eder Creative Writing Scholarship for 2014-2015 has been awarded to Keene State Junior Rebecca Costanzo.

Rebecca Costanzo is a junior Film Studies major with a concentration in film production and a minor in writing.  She came to Keene as a (terrified!) freshman from Bethel, Connecticut but is now glad that she chose Keene State. She has been a member of Phi Sigma Sigma since the spring of her freshman year and is happy to be part of a group of such amazing young women. When she is not with Phi Sig, she spends her time watching films and writing. Her plans for after graduation including working in the film industry as a screenwriter or script supervisor so that she can combine her two passions:  film and writing.  “I feel incredibly blessed to be receiving this award,” says Rebecca. “I cannot express my gratitude enough.”

Rebecca will be reading three of her poems at this month’s Meet New Hampshire’s Poet Laureate, Alice Fogel event on March 26, 2014. The event begins at 4:00 and will be held in the Mountain View Room of the Keene State College Student Center.

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Spring 2014 Events

Meet New Hampshire’s Poet Laureate: Alice Fogel
March 26, 2014 at 4 PM in the Mountain View Room

Alice Fogel will be reading from her poetry. There will be a book signing following the reading.

Keene is Reading Program: Andrew Solomon
March 5th at 7 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room

The 2013-14 Keene is Reading program welcomes Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (2012). Solomon tells the stories of families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender.

The Janet Grayson Lecture in Literary Studies: Caroline Bicks, “Shakespeare’s Brainy Girls: Seeing Beyond the Hysterical”
April 24th at 4 PM in the Mountain View Room 

Caroline Bicks’ talk will explore early modern ideas about female puberty and the cognitive development of adolescent girls. Ophelia’s privileged ability to see and remember Denmark’s past; Juliet’s theatrical skills; Miranda’s “beating mind” — all suggest productive mental abilities that go beyond the hysterical female who has dominated critical and artistic views of Shakespeare and the feminine. Bicks is Associate Professor of English at Boston College and the author of Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare’s England and co-editor, with Jennifer Summit, of  The History of British Women’s Writing, volume 2. Her non-academic writing has appeared in the “Modern Love” column of the New York Times, on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, NPR’s “All Thing’s Considered,” and in the book and show Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine. Her award-winning blog, Everyday Shakespeare: Where Bard Meets Life, inspired her humorous cocktail book, Shakespeare, Not Stirred (co-written with Michelle Ephraim, and forthcoming from Perigee in 2015).

All events are free and open to the public.

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Fall 2013 Events

For more information about these events, please go to the Events page.


“Law School Fair”

Students interested in a legal career are encouraged to attend this panel discussion on paths to a legal career and law school admissions by representatives from Northeastern School of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Vermont Law School, University of New Hampshire School of Law, and Western New England University School of Law. Law school admissions information from 1-2 and panel discussion from 2-3.

Tuesday, November 12, Alumni Center, Centennial Hall

Dr. Siobhan Senier, University of New Hampshire,”Digital Decolonization: Building an UnCommon Indigenous Literary Space”

Wednesday , November 13, 2013 at 4PM in Centennial Hall in the Alumni Center

“Resume Writing Workshop for English Majors and Writing Minors,” Beverly Behrmann (Academic & Career Advising) and Kate Tirabassi (English) will be leading a workshop and I’ll be answering students’ questions and workshopping resume drafts

Wednesday, November 13 from 2:30-3:30pm. The workshop will be held in the Student Center, Room 309.


Dr. Emily Robins Sharpe, Assistant Professor of English, “Representations of Jewish Participation in the Spanish Civil War”

Tuesday, December 3, 12:00 PM in Parker 212



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The Janet Grayson Lecture in Literary Studies

The Janet Grayson Lecture in Literary Studies will take place Thursday, April 25, in the Centennial Hall of the Alumni Center from 4-5:30. The speaker for the 2013 event is Virginia Mason Vaughan, Professor of English at Clark University. Professor Vaughan has published three books on Othello and co-edited The Tempest for the Third Arden Series. Her 2005 monograph, Performing Blackness on English Stages, 1470-1800, examines the representation of black Africans on the early modern stage. She recently completed two monographs: ‘The Tempest’: Shakespeare in Performance and Shakespeare in America (with Alden T. Vaughan). This lecture is co-sponsored with the Keene is Reading program

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Student Readings and Presentations

English 307: Writing in the World Service-Learning Project Presentations
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Morrison 110, 2:00-4:00
Students will have completed an 8-week service-learning project during which they developed a series of professional writing documents based on the needs and feedback of their client. The clients will attend the presentation and the campus community will be invited to attend.

Writing Portfolio Reading
Wednesday, May 1
4:00 Reading by KSC alumnus Christopher Locke in the Night Owl Cafe
6:00 Reading by Students in the Thorne Art Gallery Conference Room

Fifth Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Thursday, May 2, Mountain View Room, 2:00-4:00

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What Can You do with an English Major?

In September 2013, Peter Beauchamp (BA English 2006) will begin a Karpatkin Fellowship at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he will work on civil rights lawsuits and policy initiatives as a member of the Racial Justice Program.

Beauchamp photoPeter graduated summa cum laude from New York Law School (NYLS) in 2010, where he was an Editor on the New York Law School Law Review, a John Marshall Harlan Honors Scholar, and a Racial Justice Project Fellow. His article, “Misinterpreted Justice: The Problematic Use of Islamic Legal Experts in American Trial Courts,” was published in the New York Law School Law Review and was recognized with the school’s graduation prize for the best published student writing. From 2010-2012, Peter was a law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Joan M. Azrack of the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. He is currently a law clerk to United States District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto of the Eastern District of New York.

Lilly Goldberg (BA Individualized Major: English and Art History 2005) is currently the Leadership Alliances Coordinator at Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, where she creates and manages relationship-building programs that forge and improve connections with individuals across the country. From 2009-2011, Lilly worked as Development Associate and Special Events Manager at Imagination Stage, the largest multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region.

LillyLilly graduated with honors from the University of Manchester, England in 2007, where she received her M.A. in Art Gallery and Museum Studies and co-founded the Digital Heritage blog, a forum that examines the theory and practice of digital media in museums, galleries, and other cultural and heritage institutions. She has completed internships at the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut; the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, England; and Americans for the Arts. She also taught at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center and worked at The Phillips Collection and Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.


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Journals for Undergraduate Writers

1. Undergraduate Research in English Studies and Comparative Literature

Young Scholars in Writing
A refereed journal dedicated to publishing research articles written by undergraduates in a wide variety of disciplines associated with rhetoric and writing. Young Scholars in Writing is funded by Pennsylvania State University, Berks-Lehigh Valley College.

UCB Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal
Showcases the best undergraduate work in comparative literature across the nation, treating a broad range of topics including but not limited to theoretical literary discourse, international trends in literature, and comparisons of two particular national literatures.

SURJ: Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal
An annual peer-reviewed publication of research articles written primarily by Stanford undergraduates, but also by well-qualified students at other institutions, from all academic fields. SURJ encourages students to become interested in research by displaying examples of what is studied and by offering the means of communicating knowledge between these disciplines to achieve a holistic effect. SURJ is published electronically on the web, with print issues released annually.

The Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review
The PUR aims to bring research to the forefront of undergraduate awareness. The PUR is a multidisciplinary journal that accepts papers from around the world.

Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal
An online journal for undergraduate students to publish their academic papers. It is run by and for undergraduate students. The L.U.R.J. is international in scope, and welcomes papers from all undergraduates.

The Oswald Review: An International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Criticism in the Discipline of English (University of South Carolina Aiken)
A refereed undergraduate journal of criticism and research. Published annually, it accepts submission in the field of English from undergraduates in this country and abroad.  A faculty member’s endorsement is required.

The Sigma Tau Delta Review
An annual journal that publishes critical essays on literature, essays on rhetoric and composition, and essays devoted to pedagogical issues.

2. Undergraduate Literary Magazines

Plain china (Bennington College)
A national literary anthology that showcases the best undergraduate writing from across the country while providing a venue for top-notch artwork as well. The work of undergraduates has often been featured only in their respective institutions; with this anthology, we want to honor and connect young writers and artists, and to create a collective narrative reflective of and relevant to the undergraduate writing experience.

 Prairie Margins
The national undergraduate literary magazine at Bowling Green State University. Publishing writers since 1963, the magazine promotes undergraduate writing nationwide by providing a venue through which talented newcomers to the art of writing can be introduced to a wide audience every year with a print issue. Prairie Margins accepts poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art, and photography.

 The Albion Review
A national literary journal based out of Albion College in Michigan. Published annually since 2004, The Review features works of short fiction, poetry, essays, and visual art.

The Allegheny Review: A National Undergraduate Literary Journal
In its 31st year of publication this journal is one of America’s few nationwide literary magazines dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and artwork. Published annually, the periodical showcases some of the best literature the nation’s undergraduates have to offer.

Susquehanna Review
An annual national undergraduate journal run by students at Susquehanna University featuring work in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Susquehanna Review was founded at Susquehanna University, a liberal arts university in Selinsgrove, PA, over forty years ago and has been accepting national submission since 2003. Since 2010, it has featured both a print and online issue.

Catfish Creek
The national undergraduate literary journal of Loras College is intended as a showcase for undergraduate writers from across the country and around the world. We welcome submissions of fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction.

Outrageous Fortune
Outrageous Fortune
is an online literary magazine created for undergraduates by undergraduates. It was begun by a group of students at Mary Baldwin College.

Red Cedar Review
Red Cedar Review is the longest-running journal of its kind in the United States proud to have published work from such renowned authors as Margaret Atwood, Pablo Neruda, Tom Bissell, and Stuart Dybek. Today, Red Cedar Review is dedicated to the support of young literary and artistic talent through the exclusive publication of undergraduate students.

The undergraduate literary journal at the University of Miami, publishing the best undergraduate fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, & design in the country.

Polaris: An Undergraduate Journal of Arts and Literature
The annual undergraduate journal of arts and literature at Ohio Northern University. First published in 1958, the magazine has captured the creative talents of undergraduate students for over fifty years. Polaris publishes in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art.

The Blue Route: A National Literary Magazine for Undergraduate Writers
Widener University’s online journal of undergraduate writing takes its name from the Blue Route (I-476), a north-south highway running through the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Founded in 2001, Collision Literary Magazine publishes poetry, creative non-fiction prose, literary criticism, art and photography by undergraduate students not just from the University of Pittsburgh, but from all over the world. It is one of four University Honors College student-run publications.

The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle
An annual journal that publishes literary non-fiction, fiction, and poetry.

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Welcome Emily Robins Sharpe

Sharpe photoIn the fall of 2013 Dr. Emily Robins Sharpe will join the faculty as an assistant professor of English with expertise in global Anglophone and postcolonial literatures. Dr. Sharpe completed her Master’s and PhD in Penn State’s Department of English, and her BA at the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University. She is currently completing an Editing Modernism in Canada postdoctoral fellowship in the University of Guelph’s School of English and Theatre Studies. Her research and teaching interests include global modernisms, postcolonial theory, cosmopolitanism, Jewish literatures, and the digital humanities. She is at work on a book manuscript examining global Anglophone responses to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), which argues for the war as a formative juncture in transnational multicultural discourse. She is co-director of “Canada and the Spanish Civil War: A Digital Research Environment,” a multi-phase project establishing a digital archive and print anthology of Canadian Spanish Civil War literature funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

In the fall of 2013, Dr. Sharpe will be teaching two courses for majors: Literary Analysis and a 300-level elective, Postcolonial Friendship, a course in modern Anglophone writings from the British Empire and its former colonies, with a particular interest in literary representations of friendship, partnership, and collaboration. Dr. Sharpe will also be teaching a an upper-level interdisciplinary course for non-majors, Women and War in Literature and Art, that begins with a series of questions: What does wartime mean for women? What social roles are women expected to play in times of war? What rights do women gain and lose during a conflict? How do female artists define war on local, national, international, and ideological levels? The course will analyze women’s creative output from around the world, including literature, music, film, and visual art. The course will challenge the boundaries between the battlefront and the home front, demonstrating how women might be both victims and agents of change during times of social upheaval and strife.

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