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Fall 2014 English Department Senior Symposium Presentations

The Harding University English Department senior symposium offers senior English majors the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to research, write, and present scholarly papers that validate their undergraduate credentials and predict success at the graduate level or in the workplace.

Friday, November 14, 3:00 pm, American Studies 200

J P Baker

"Nolan's Ambition: Irony in Memento, The Prestige, and Inception"

Taylor Neal

"It's a Not So Wonderful Life: Using Brave New World and Young Adult Dystopian Literature in the Classroom"

Caytlyn Watson 

"'Blended in Measure': The Balance of Love and Beauty in The Hobbit"

Tori Wisely

"Our House: A Pedagogical Look at Multicultural Literature in The House on Mango Street"


Presented Friday, November 7, 3:00 pm, American Studies 200

Eric Bontempo 

"In Memoriam:  Reader Response and Virtual Construction of Consolation"

Leah Freppon-Boyce  

"Frankenstein:  A Book of Shadows"

Kristin Scanlon  

"Get Out of My Mind:  Exploring Mental Temptation in The Screwtape Letters"

Jordan Sunkel 

"Literary Pictures of Hell:  Escape from the Unthinkable"


Summer 2014 Alumni News (pdf)

The departmental newsletter is published every spring / summer.  Send your news to English Department, Box 12248, Harding University, Searcy, AR 72149-0001 or e-mail Dr. Terry Engel.

The Jo Cleveland Creative Writing Contest (pdf)

Named after a beloved English teacher who encouraged creativity and critical thinking, this contest is sponsored by the English Department and directed by John Williams, with faculty members acting as judges in three categories: Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. The contest is open to all Harding University and Academy students. A banquet is held in honor of the winners, who also receive small cash awards. Each year following the banquet, the guests hear from a published writer who reads and offers advice. Contest Rules. You can e-mail Dr. Williams or reach him at 279-4613.

Creative Writing Opportunities at Harding University (pdf)

Creative writing is encouraged through student organizations and writing courses in fiction, poetry, and television / film.