Sunday, January 18, 2015

Four Undramatic Plot Structures

The New Yorker offered this helpful diagram of plots one hopefully will not meet in the study of great literature.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

MLA Graduate Blog

The Modern Language Association has developed a new blog geared toward Graduate Students, Hosted by the MLA Committee on the Status of Graduate Studetns in the Profession, the blog will cover the annual MLA convention, the job market, and other issues relevant to graduate student members of the MLA.

Friday, August 30, 2013

20 Terrible Book Covers

Dr. Ormsby-Lennon wanted to share this fun article, which collects 20 terrible book covers for classic novels. Enjoy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

MLA Resources

The MLA Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession has a website that has much useful information for graduate students in English, including reports and studies on job placement and prospects, and a list of institutions that grant the Ph.D. in English.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Semiotics Today

The New York Times recently published an article entitled "I was an Under-Age Smiotician" by Steven Johnson.  Co-creator of and author, most recently, of Where Good Ideas Come From and the editor of The Innovator’s Cookbook, Johnson ruminates on the lasting effects of his semiotics major from Brown.   

Saturday, October 15, 2011

University of Pennsylvania's Call For Papers Website

Check out UPenn English Department's CFP page, where you can find daily updates about calls for conference papers and journal submissions.

Everyone is welcome to subscribe to the site, so Click here to browse the recent posts for upcoming conferences and journal issues. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

MLA Job Information List (JIL) Report

A report on the 2010-11 MLA Job Information List (JIL) is now available on the MLA Web site. The report shows trends in the number of jobs announced in the JIL over the past thirty-six years (1975-76 to 2010-11) and provides an analysis of the characteristics of ads that departments have placed in the JIL's digital databases each year since 2000-01.The number of jobs advertised in 2010–11 rose by 90 (8.2%) in the English edition and by 73 (7.1%) in the foreign language edition since 2009–10. In 2010–11 the JIL’s English edition announced 1,190 positions, compared with 1,100 in 2009–10; the foreign language edition announced 1,095 positions, compared with 1,022 in 2009–10. The number of jobs advertised in 2010–11 remains a third below the 2007–08 peak, when the English edition announced 1,826 jobs and the foreign language edition announced 1,680 jobs.

For the full report, go to: