OSU English Department
The study of English literature and language is fundamental to any education.
Not only does it provide familiarity with the literary works that shape
cultural heritage and the structure, history, and use of the language, but it also develops the ability to think analytically,
to write effectively, and to consider various points of view.
Since its inception in the 1960s, the English Department at Oklahoma
State University has attracted and served students with a diversity of
interests. It offers a variety of courses, most of them small lectures
and discussion classes. The curriculum supports intensive study in specific
areas but allows students to combine them according to their own professional
goals. BA, MA, MFA and PhD degrees are awarded through the department,
and a full range of courses is offered in six areas:
The English Department also works with OSU to provide additional
services: the Writing Center, the International Teaching
Assistant Program, the OSU Writing Project, and exciterbulb.
Five Professors to Join Faculty in 2013
Department is proud to announce that Timothy Murphy will assume the
Houston-Truax-Wentz Endowed Professorship in Fall, 2013. Professor
Murphy comes from the University of Oklahoma, where he has
taught literature, film, and critical theory for the past ten years.
He is the author of Antonio Negri: Modernity and the Multitude, and Wising Up the Marks: The Amodern William Burroughs.
He has also published numerous articles on critical theory, science
fiction, and jazz, as well as translating many works from French and
In our program, Professor Murphy will offer upper-level undergraduate
and graduate courses on a variety of topics informed by cutting-edge
critical thinking and his own wide-ranging interests in literature,
music, and modern thought. We eagerly look forward
to working with such an esteemed theorist and teacher.
The Department also welcomes the following new assistant professors, beginning in the Fall, 2013, semester:
Katherine Hallemeier (Ph.D. Queen’s University), postcolonial Anglophone
literature; Seth Perlow (Ph.D. Cornell University), post 1900 American
poetics. For more information, see News under
In Screen Studies, Graig Uhlin (Ph.D., New York University)
In Creative Writing, Rose McLarney (M.F.A. Warren Wilson)
AWARDS & HONORS
See what our graduate students have been up to at the Graduate Program news page.
Rhetoric and Professional Writing graduate students presented at the
international Conference on College Composition and Communication in
From left to right, Ben Smith, Danielle Smorol, and Dustin Morris
prepare for their panel, “Tracing Images: Public Production and
Composing Rhetoric,” which drew on their research papers from Dr. Lynn
Lewis’ Visual Rhetoric and Design course.
Oklahoma State University RPW graduate students attending and
presenting at CCCC 2013 included Jeaneen Canfield, Danielle Smorol,
Dustin Morris, Ben Smith, Jean Alger, and Rachel Chapman. Not pictured:
current Ph.D. student Lyn Megow and graduated M.A. student Stephen
William Decker: German Academic Exchange Service Award (DAAD) for Summer, 2012: University of Paderborn in Paderborn, Germany.
Dennis Preston: Named a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America. The induction ceremony will take place at the Society’s annual business meeting in Boston, 2013.
Laurie Schick: Fulbright Scholar Grant for January through November 2013; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Lindsey Claire Smith: OSU Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence
New Books and Edited Volumes from Faculty
Rebecca Damron and Tom Spector, How Architects Write. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Richard Frohock, Buccaneers and Privateers: The Story of the English Sea Rover, 1675-1725. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2012.
Henry James, Daisy Miller. William Merrill Decker, ed. Bedford St. Martins: New York, 2013.
William Merrill Decker, Kodak Elegy: A Cold War Childhood. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2012.
Edward Jones, ed., Young Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Stacy Takacs, Terrorism TV: Popular Entertainment in Post-9/11 America. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2012.
Jeffrey Walker, Literature in the Early American Republic: Annual Studies of Cooper and His Contemporaries. Edited with Matthew Wynn Sivils. Volume 4. New York: AMS Press, 2012.
VISITING FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR
Tatiana Platitsyna (Tanya) is a Fulbright Faculty Development Program Grantee from Ulan-Ude, Russia. During her stay at OSU, she plans to design courses and a curriculum in American Studies based on a comparative analysis of Buryat and Native American cultures. She is eager to learn more about American culture and American people and is happy to share Russian culture and language. Tanya’s hosts in the department are Professors Ravi Sheorey and Lindsey Claire Smith. She is the fourth Fulbright Scholar to be hosted by the OSU English Department in the last five years.
College of Arts & Sciences
Oklahoma State University
205 Morrill Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
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Linda Leavell, Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore, Edmon Library, TBA
Francine Prose, Writer in Residence
Reginald Dwayne Betts, Poet, Memoirist, TBA
Katha Pollitt, Writer in Residence
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