Arts & Culture / Mosaic / September 20, 2012

Fine arts preview: Literature

This fall, the English department is putting full focus on the faculty.

With new chair Professor of English Nick Regiacorte, instated late this summer, the schedule is already implementing his vision and hopes for the department.

“I’m interested in how majors on each side [English and creative writing] make connections with each other,” Regiacorte said. “There’s a great overlap between critical and creative, all creating more contact with each other.”

As a former English literature major himself, Regiacorte hopes that, as chair, he will be able to create even more contact and meet students he would not otherwise meet.

“I have an appetite [as an English major] for seeing the long road,” he said.

He believes in literature as an art to be “one body.”

“There is no William Carlos Williams without Eliot, no Eliot without Emerson. Can you imagine a world without the influence of Emily Dickinson?” Helping to create “one body” for the department, the fall term calendar of events show opportunities for both writing and literature majors alike.

A celebration of Associate Professor of English Chad Simpson’s release of his award winning collection of short stories, “Tell Everyone I Said Hi,” on Oct. 5 will begin the department’s fall term at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room in Old Main.

Writer’s forum, a tradition for creative writing majors at Knox, will kick off on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Room. Writer’s Forums allow English majors to present their current work to fellow students.

On Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Common Room, there will be a department panel and Q&A sessions for majors curious about possible career and graduate studies paths.

Finally, the department will end the term with a special talk given by Visiting Assistant Professor Claire Falck on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room. Will she be presenting on Milton, Donne, or “Mad Men”? Students must attend to find out.

Ashley Wolfgang

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