Fall 2017 News, Part Two

Faculty News

Hyon Book CoverCongratulations to Sunny Hyon on the publication of her new book, Introducing Genre and English for Specific Purposes (Routledge 2017).

The book  offers an overview of genre theory, analysis and teaching in the field of English for Specific Purposes.  The hands-on tasks throughout the book give readers experience with completing various types of genre analyses and with designing their own genre-based courses and materials.  Genre analysis has become a key approach within the field of English for Specific Purposes and helps students understand particular language use patterns in target contexts. The book is available now from Amazon and from the publisher.

Jenny Andersen presented “A Copy of a Letter:  fictitious letters and leaks in English Catholic Propaganda” on November 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at the North American Conference on British Studies annual conference.  During 2017-2018 she is also participating in a Shakespeare Association of America seminar directed by William Germano on “Writing, Shaping, and Publishing the Scholarly Book.”

A. CavallaroOn November 18th, Alexandra Cavallaro gave a workshop titled “Writing Across Media: Bridging the Digital Divide in Prisons” at the European Prison Education Association Conference in Vienna, Austria. This conference gathers prison educators from several dozen countries to discuss the latest research and practice in prison education.

Alexandra Cavallaro and Karen Rowan attended the Conference on Community Writing, a biennial conference, in Boulder, CO on October 18-21. Together they presented “Towards a Center for Community Writing: An Asset-Based Case Study of San Bernardino’s Community Cultural Wealth.”

Paula Priamos’ psychological thriller Inside V was included in the list of Top 50 Best Fiction books of 2017 by Cyrus Webb in Conversations Magazine.

Our faculty were once again well represented at PAMLA, the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association conference, presenting papers and serving  as session chairs. The conference was held this year in Hawaii at the Chaminade University of Honolulu.

  • Tonto as Reshaper of How the West Was Won, Suzanne Arakawa
  • Jonathan Swift’s Terrae Filius: Visibility through the Carnivalesque and Grotesque in A Modest Proposal, Sonya Gonzales
  • The Doubling Effects of Ray Bradbury’s “Usher II” Explored Through Freud’s “Uncanny,” Lupina Hossain
  • “Touch Teaches Vision”: Haptic Poetics in Constance Merritt’s A Protocol for Touch, Jessica Luck
  • The Aesthetics of Usury: Generating Interest in The Confidence-Man, Chad Luck
  • The Transformation of Music in the American War Film, from Vietnam to Generation Kill, Ryan J. Miller
  • Rhetoric, Knowledge, and the Hero’s Journey in Disney’s Moana, J. P. Whatford
  • Architecture, Space, and Literature I: Session Chair Holly Henry
  • British Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century: Session Chair Jenni Keys


Faire FlyerThis year the November English Faire saw a total of 93 students attending.  These students, including quite a few non-majors, were able to learn about our English minor, Certificate and M.A. programs, as well as about internships, the Pacific Review, Coyote Chronicle, our English and Linguistic Clubs, and careers for English majors. Our English majors also were able to tap into all of this information, as well as get advising on their Winter classes and have registration holds removed.

Special thanks go to Jenny Andersen and Jason Magabo Perez, as well as Sandy Vahine, Donald Khairullah, and Krista Fenton (English Club officers), for all their work in planning and working the Faire—and to the many (English faculty and students, and Sara and Luis from CAL advising) who spent time that day working the advising, M.A., and other tables.

Jason Book LaunchThe book launch for Jason Magabo Perez’ debut volume, This is for the mostless (Wordtech Editions), a lyrical collection of autobiographical poems, essays, fictions, and oral histories.was a big success, drawing quite a crowd in November.

Audience at JMP Book launch





snowflakeOur best wishes for happy holidays and a wonderful 2018 to our blog readers, and to all our departmental friends, near and far.


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