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BYU Graduate Students Host Third Annual Novel Writing Conference

November 04, 2020 12:00 AM
With increasing interest in writing young adult literature, BYU graduate students strive to help undergraduate students find the literary resources and connections they need to be successful.
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English Associate Professor and Students Work Together to Honor the Wordsworths

September 29, 2020 12:00 AM
Associate Professor Paul Westover and students enrolled in his Fall 2019 Romantic literature course curated exhibits to honor the memory of the English poet William Wordsworth and his sister, diarist Dorothy Wordsworth.
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Education Week 2019: Humor and Humanity in Gary Larson's The Far Side Comic Series

September 23, 2020 12:00 AM
BYU Professor Kerry Soper speaks on the famous comic series The Far Side and the life of its creator, Gary Larson.
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Education Week 2019: Appreciating “Emma”

September 23, 2020 12:00 AM
Professor Jane Hinckley presented on one of Jane Austen’s famous novels Emma to inspire audiences to form a deeper relationship with the text.
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Approaching the Social and Cultural Aspects of Translation

September 23, 2020 12:00 AM
BYU’s Marlene Hansen Esplin, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities, shares how the study of problems of translation can lead to greater social consciousness. 
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Jane Hinckley on Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

September 21, 2020 12:00 AM
Dr. Jane Hinckley, Department of Comparative Arts & Letters, discusses Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.
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Corry Cropper on Albert Camus' The Plague (1947)

July 06, 2020 12:00 AM
Albert Camus’ novel depicts the city of Oran, Algeria during a contemporary outbreak of the plague. While there are obvious parallels between the plague in the novel and the peste brune (the brown plague, a nickname for the Nazis who occupied France during World War 2), by transforming the threat into an act of nature, Camus shifts the focus from human cruelty to the many reactions to suffering: some pretend it doesn’t exist, some try to escape it, others accept it and try to alleviate pain.
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Dennis Cutchins on Literature & Disease

June 13, 2020 12:00 AM
Illness has been recorded in art for much of human history. In the fall of 2017, my colleague Brian Poole and I co-taught an Honors 220: Unexpected Connections course we titled “Literature and Disease.” The class was Brian’s idea. He’s a microbiologist in the College of Life Sciences, a virologist, and an expert on the human immune system.
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Mike Pope on Plagues in Classical Literature

May 24, 2020 12:00 AM
Associate Professor Mike Pope (Comparative Arts and Letters) discusses plagues in Classical literature and how epidemics were used as a literary convention.
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Elliott Wise on Art that Inspires Faith

May 24, 2020 12:00 AM
Assistant Professor Elliott Wise (Comparative Arts and Letters) shares how “plague crosses” served as a beacon of hope for those suffering from sickness during the Renaissance.
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Brandie R. Siegfried on Shakespeare and the Plague

May 24, 2020 12:00 AM
How can poetry, plays, and art flourish during a deadly pandemic? Learn how Shakespeare used the time of plagues to spur his creativity!
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Education Week 2019: A Herculean Lecture

May 24, 2020 12:00 AM
Greek myths have been told time and again, but Professor Roger Macfarlane explores how these myths have been adapted to our modern culture.
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Literature Courses

April 12, 2020 12:00 AM
Consider limiting large group discussions and focusing more on small group conversations focused on student readings and student papers (something like the tutorial system in the UK)
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Victorian Christmas Literature: A Spiritual Approach to A (Sometimes) Secular Holiday

April 04, 2020 12:00 AM
Associate Dean Leslee Thorne-Murphy lectured during Education Week 2019 on Victorian Christmas literature and how authors focused on Christ despite the rise of commercialization.
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Author Q&A: Dr. George B. Handley, "If Truth Were a Child"

February 12, 2020 12:00 AM
Dr. George B. Handley of the Comparative Arts & Letters Department recently published his 11th book, If Truth Were a Child (2019). Unlike his previous titles—which include creative non-fiction, scholarly works, a memoir, and a novel—this book is a compilation of reflective essays analyzing the intersection between faith and intellectualism.
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Poet, filmmaker Galeano praises BYU’s “unique environment" during visit

February 04, 2020 12:00 AM
Florida State University's Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano addressed BYU students, faculty members, and others in a pair of lectures on January 30, 2020.
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Horror and Its Traditions

November 05, 2014 12:00 AM
Carl Sederholm, associate professor in the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature, spoke at an International Cinema lecture on horror as a genre and its traditions.
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Narratological Problems in Time-Travel Fiction

October 21, 2014 12:00 AM
At a Humanities Center colloquium, Spanish professor Dale Pratt shares his research on time-travel fiction and its paradoxes.
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