Faculty and Department News


CU Renaissance lit scholar coins 'disknowledge' years before 'alternative facts'

Long before "alternative facts" made headlines, University of Colorado Boulder English Professor Katherine Eggert was studying late-Renaissance English writers. She focused on their use of alchemical themes, imagery and language to spurn humanism and embrace post-humanism—a belief in facts that can be proved. Read more

The Power To Multiply: An Interview with Marcia Douglas

Marcia Douglas is one of the most innovative writers in the Caribbean. Her work is a tapestry of past, present, history and myth and folklore and spirituality –a humane message for the future. This is very evident in her latest work, The Marvellous Equation of the Dread –a novel, which is a love song to Bob Marley, but also a shout out to Marcus Garvey, Haile Selassie, Half-Way-Tree in Kingston, Jamaican and much more. Read more

Colorado Poet Creates A Handbook For A Modern Minstrel Show

Poet Ruth Ellen Kocher casts Martin Luther King Jr., singer Eartha Kitt and even Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura as characters in her latest book. She says "Third Voice" is a how-to book for a modern minstrel show but instead of white actors in black face it captures what it's like to be a black person today. Her book is a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. Listen to her podcast with "Colorado Matters" of Colorado Public Radio here. Read more
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Faculty Publications and Awards


Writer and CU professor Marcia Douglas helps others find their voice

In the nooks and crannies of each day, Marcia Douglas finds herself listening to echoes from her childhood in Jamaica, imagining ways to share stories that develop in her mind’s eye. Read more

The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: A Critical Companion

The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones is the first collection of scholarship on Jones’s ever-expanding oeuvre. The diverse methodologies that inform these essays—from Native American critical theory to poststructuralism and gothic noirism—illuminate the unique complexity of Jones’s narrative worlds while positioning his works within broader conversations in literary studies and popular culture. Read more

The Un/Masked and the Minstrel: A Conversation with Ruth Ellen Kocher About “Third Voice”

Poet, professor and chair of the CU Boulder English department, Ruth Ellen Kocher, sits with Oliver de la Paz for the Los Angeles Review of Books to discuss her new book of poetry, Third Voice (Tupelo, 2016), “which is structured like a minstrel show and comments on issues of race, art, performance, and justice.” Read more
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Alumni News and Publications


Re-imagining Wharton in modern-day Houston

English alumna Yvonne Georgina Puig talks about her debut novel, A Wife of Noble Character. Read more
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Author imagines a dire future to prevent it

CU Boulder grad Carrie Vaughn’s latest science-fiction novel takes aim at 'generational short-sightedness,' while her collection of short stories wins Colorado Book Award Read more

‘Teddy’ Hamstra, humanities scholar, just getting started

Hamstra will one day be an ecocriticism scholar for an English department not unlike the one here at CU Boulder, “or maybe this exact one,” said Hamstra. Read more
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