English Department

For Black History Month, Professor Foster Discusses Afro-Pessimism

Associate Professor of English Guy Mark Foster recently spoke at Ladd House about a theory called Afro-Pessimism, which looks at blackness as a “social death” rather than something to be celebrated as a cultural identity. Foster’s talk was part of a slate of events happening at Bowdoin throughout February in honor of Black History Month.

Celebrating Longfellow Days Through Film

Cinema studies professor Tricia Welsch is hosting a screening of John Ford’s 1939 classic Young Mr. Lincoln. “Since Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Abraham Lincoln were contemporaries, born just two years apart, a film about Lincoln’s early manhood brings us closer to Longfellow’s America.”

How Did Shakespeare Think About the Issue of Race?

What do the Shakespeare’s plays tell us about the issue of race? It’s a question of particular interest to Associate Professor of English Aaron Kitch. “Perhaps the most important thing to remember,” he said, “is that race means something quite different today, compared to what it did in Shakespeare’s time. “

Bowdoin English Faculty Members React to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Literature Prize

We asked some of Bowdoin’s English faculty members to weigh in with their thoughts on the award of the 2016 Nobel Literature prize to Bob Dylan.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Her House, Her Novel: The Most Common Questions

Cathi Belcher, the docent of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, has begun holding monthly “Tea with Harriet” events, inviting visitors into the newly opened home to see where Stowe wrote her famous anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Belcher has answered some of visitors’ most frequently asked questions.

Kelly Kerney ’02 Reads from Latest Novel, ‘Hard Red Spring’

Bowdoin graduate Kelly Kerney returned to campus Tuesday, Sept. 27, to read from and discuss her most recent novel, “Hard Red Spring,” published by Penguin Random House.

Seven New Tenure-Track Professors Announced

Seven tenure-track professors were appointed to Bowdoin’s faculty this year to teach and do research in a number of fields. We asked the professors a few questions about their background, their research and teaching interests, and what they like to do when they find themselves with free time.

The Strange Career of Jim Crow North and West

“The overall theme concerns how racial discrimination looked outside the South during much of the last century and how citizen activists addressed those problems.”

The Writing Life of Raisa Tolchinsky ’17

In a recent conversation, Raisa Tolchinsky ’17, a dedicated writer, shared her thoughts on the writing process, studying abroad in Bologna, the writers she’s reading now, and more.

Five Years Out: H.S. English Teacher Will Cogswell ’11 Heads to Salt Lake City

“The general Bowdoin academic culture has influenced me a lot,” Will Cogswell ’11 said. “Academically Bowdoin is rigorous, but it’s also collaborative, which aligns with my values and is a central part of my classroom and classroom culture.”

Senior Uses Summer Fellowship to Examine Literature By and About Women in the Renaissance

“There was this prevailing sense of distrust surrounding women in much literature of the renaissance, centered around the idea that females were somehow artificial.”

Sarah Washington ’17 Studies Trajectory of Black Activism in the US

Sarah Washington is the second recipient of a new Bowdoin fellowship, the Irma Cheatham Summer Research Fellowship, which supports research in Africana studies.

What’s So Funny? Andrew Cawley ’17 Investigates Social Criticism in Stand-up Comedy

Andrew Cawley has somewhat of a funny job this summer. He’s spending his days alternately laughing and taking notes as he watches videos of stand-up comedy.

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

New Corequisite Combines Documentary Photography and Writing

Bowdoin students hone their documentary-making skills in a new corequisute that combines nonfiction writing and documentary photography

‘Speaking to the Dead’: Karofsky Prize Winner Emma Maggie Solberg Brings Medieval England Alive

“I often will tell the students that learning Middle English will make them much better writers, because if you learn the origins of the English language you are capable of so much more depth in your speech and writing.”

David Maraniss Discusses Biography and the Search for Truth

“In this modern world where people are just sitting at home blogging about things without going out and trying to find the facts, I think it’s more important than ever.”

Off the Shelf: Harrison King McCann Professor of English Marilyn Reizbaum

In this video, English professor Marilyn Reizbaum talks about a book she picks from one of her shelves of poetry books.

Bowdoin to Celebrate 400 Years of Shakespeare

To honor the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, a theater professor and an English professor will present a lecture and demonstration on the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays.

Off the Shelf: Associate Professor of English Ann Kibbie

We’re visiting some Bowdoin professors in their offices, asking them to tell us about a special or important book. In this video, English professor Ann Kibbie talks about one of her favorite books.