Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

New Art, Conflict and Technology Course Travels to Northern Ireland

For most college students, spring break is a time for relaxation maybe on a beach or even catching up on projects that are due before the semester’s end. But this year 16 ... Read More »

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English Department News

Revisiting Geoffrey Chaucer During National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is the perfect opportunity to revisit Geoffrey Chaucer – the  father of English literature who is also considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages – and one of his most significant poems – the Prologue to the “Canterbury Tales.”

Four English Department Majors Named Dietrich College Honors Fellows

Four exceptional juniors from the English Department have been selected to be 2015-16 Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Fellows. The Honors Fellowship Program – in its second year – is part of the college’s Senior Honors Program and is designed to give students a head start on their thesis development.

Two English Department Majors Accepted into Prestigious Academic Honors Society

Two English majors, Eleanor Haglund and Jenna Bodnar, were recently accepted into the national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, which recognizes excellence in scholarship in all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society. Haglund, Bodnar, and other students will be inducted on April 26 during a ceremony in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center.

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Highlighted Events

Thursday, April 30
Adamson Student Writing Awards - Read more!
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Baker Hall, Giant Eagle Auditorium

Wednesday, May 6
Meeting of the Minds - Undergraduate Research Symposium - Read more!
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Cohon University Center

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Faculty Books

Oddo, John. Intertextuality and the 24-Hour News Cycle: A Day in the Rhetorical Life of Colin Powell's U.N. Address. Michigan State University Press, 2014.

Intertextuality and the 24-Hour News Cycle

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