Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New Course in Cinema Studies: Bollywood Cinema

The English department announces the launch of an exciting new course in Spring 2017! 

This new course is in film studies: in Spring 2017, students and alumni can learn more about the world’s most widely consumed popular cinema: Bollywood Cinema.  From Coldplay and Beyonce’s music video "Hymn For the Weekend" to the Oscar-winning Danny Boyle film Slumdog Millionaire, Bollywood’s visual aesthetic has captured our imagination globally.  ENG 1712, an introductory discussion-based course “Bollywood Cinema” will meet on Wednesdays 12.45 pm – 3.15 pm, and is taught by Prof. Kavita Daiya. The course aims to study key popular films from the sixties to the present in popular cinema in India, that have shaped dominant ideas about love, gender, family, duty, nationalism, and citizenship. At the same time, we will critically examine the formation of the concept “Bollywood” and explore how it engages both Hollywood cinema and the South Asian American diaspora in its recent avatars. 

Films with subtitles will be e-streamed on Blackboard; there are no prerequisites. The course counts for the English and Creative Writing major and minor, as well as Asian Studies major and minor. See the description below, and contact Prof. Daiya (kdaiya@gwu.edu)​  with questions or for more details.  Come and learn about a film archive that, since the 1950s, has been consumed around the world, from India, Pakistan to Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia, UK and Nor​th America. Films we will watch include “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,” “Om Shanti Om,” “Deewar,” and others.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

English and Honors Students to Hold Public Symposium December 10

The 1992 film Basic Instinct and many
other cultural texts and issues will
be discussed
Professor Robert McRuer taught two courses in the interdisciplinary field lgbt studies this fall, and students in both classes will be coming together on Saturday, December 10, to present their work-in-progress.  Students from both “Transnational Queer Film Studies and LGBTQ Cultures” (English 3980) and "Intro to LGBT Studies" (Honors 2053) will be presenting at this event, which is free and open to the public.  English 3980 is held every fall; this was the eighth instantiation of the class.  It is simultaneously taught in Prague to students from the Czech Republic (and across Europe) by Professor Kateřina Kolářová of the Charles University Gender Studies Program.  For one week each November, Professor McRuer’s students travel to Prague to meet their counterparts and to attend together the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival (Mezipatra means “mezzanine” in Czech, signifying a place in-between, in the middle).  This course is offered in partnership with the Short-Term Study Abroad Program. Honors 2053 fulfills a Humanities requirement for the Honors Program; this Fall 2016 was one of the first courses that the program has offered in LGBT Studies.  Students in Honors 2053 read and viewed a range of material connected to Queer Origins, Queer Spaces, and Queer Bodies.

Students in both classes invite you to attend this public symposium highlighting their work-in-progress.  Three sessions will be held Saturday, December 10, in Phillips Hall 412 (the Dean's Conference Room), from 11:30 AM-5 PM.  The schedule is below.  Come out and support this innovative student work and this unique collaboration between English and Honors.

GW LGBT Studies Symposium
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

11:30AM-12:45 PM Class Acts: Queer Performance and Its Discontents

Anna Sorensen, "It Gets Better? Music and Queer Critique"

Daniel Morris, "Queer Time and Space for Rent: Exploring Neoliberal Narratives within Jonathan Larson's Musical"

Ann Marie Kernen, "A Class Analysis of Blue Is the Warmest Color"

Abigail Brook, "Dark Matter: Performing Queer Resistance"

12:45 PM-2 PM BREAK

2:00-3:15 PM Queer Values, Queer Icons

Samantha Lemieux, "Harvesting Anti-Queer Sentiments: Exported Values and Public Policy in Uganda"

Amelia Speight, "Queerly Beloved: Abject Nothingness in Toni Morrison's Beloved"

Sarah Fannon, "Bisexual Instinct: In Defense of the Femme Fatale"

Eliza Goren, "Caitlyn Jenner: An Unattainable Icon for the Transgender Community"

3:30-4:45 PM Cultural Locations of Queer Relations

Karli Ring, "Unraveling the Paths of Queer Friendship as Portrayed in Film"

Madison Haley, "Queering the Catholic Church"

Jacob Pavlik, "Gentrified Feelings: Happiness and Affective Spatial (Dis)Comfort"

Emily Gray, "Back to School: A Swedish Experiment in Gender-Neutral Education"

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from GW English


We at GW English hope that your Thanksgiving Break is a restful one surrounded by loved ones ... and perhaps curled up with some of those books you've been wanting to read!  We'll see you next week.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

GWU Department of English


GW Students in Kogan Plaza
November 15, 2016
GW English and Creative Writing affirm that we are absolutely committed to fostering programs that recognize the value of studying all aspects of human experiences. Learning from and alongside student movements across the country that – as signs in Kogan Plaza have recently announced – say no to any form of sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism, our department will continue to be a space for thinking deeply, critically, and historically about the rich diversity of the many cultures that have brought us to the moment we inhabit.  Our department offers courses and programming that centralize immigrant or migrant experiences; African American, Latino/a, Asian American, indigenous lives; and the stories and struggles of Muslim, Jewish, and other religious minorities.  We have been at the forefront of developing courses centered on disabled and LGBTQI lives.  We share our students’ concern about the need to end economic injustice and the devastation of the planet we share, and our work as teachers and scholars will continue to reflect that.  We will continue to think about the struggles that unite us across borders and we will not be impeded from carrying out that vital intellectual work. As a faculty, we believe strongly that the Humanities are needed now more than ever.  Our doors are open for study and critical reflection on all of these issues.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Haiku Contest Winners


The GW English Department congratulates the winners of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Haiku contest! All are graduates of Creative Writing courses in this department, which makes us extra proud.

CCAS Haiku Contest Winners (2016)

1st Prize Winner
Alicia Yeung
CCAS Psychology Major

Good morning Lincoln,
Runners greet you at sunrise,
You sit and reflect.

2nd Prize Winner
Sally Schmidt
CCAS Psychology Major

Wandering around
DC for homework, I stop
A tourist blocks me

3rd Place Winner
Sarah Fannon
CCAS Double Major in English and Creative Writing

An English classroom
Is my garden, our faces
Like bright peonies





3rd Place Winner
Benjamin Marks
CCAS Economics Major

I see a number
Floating away, and chase it
At my desk


Honorable Mention
Lindsay Neuberger
CCAS Economics Major

College is flirting
With adventure and new dreams
With weight on my shoulders

Honorable Mention
Kira Hattenback
CCAS Economics Major

Discover a class
Be surprised that you like it
Passion emerges





Honorable Mention
Daniel Cooksey
CCAS Chemistry Major

Chemistry Major.
For Counterterrorism.

I am not pre-med.