Welcome to the blog for the Villanova English department! Visit often for updates on department events, guest speakers, faculty and student accomplishments, and reviews and musings from professors and undergraduates alike.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Elizabeth Eby in Denmark

Senior English major Elizabeth Eby spent the spring semester studying in Denmark.  Below are pictures from her visit to Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet. 

Adds Elizabeth, "It's hard to tell, but I'm sporting my English department t-shirt. The castle is situated in Helsingør (Elsinore in English), a quaint Danish town. One of the highlights of my visit was the chance to explore the casemates, which are dark underground passages where soldiers would hide from enemies back in the day.  My visit to the castle made me excited to take Dr. Dailey's Shakespeare class this fall!"

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Job Opportunity in Digital Advertising

Recent Villanova graduate and English major Sean Campbell is in Boston these days working for a digital advertising agency and reports that "a position opened up in the same media associate role that I'm currently in. It's a close-knit regional office with a lot of growth opportunity." Here is a link to the opportunity with some more information.

Sean is also happy to discuss the position with anyone who is interested.  You can reach him at:  scampb17@villanova.edu


Monday, June 5, 2017

From Moby Dick to Dogfish: How One English Major Applied Literary Studies to Beer-Making

Sam Calagione, the founder of the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and winner of a prestigious James Beard award in 2017 (for “Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional”), was an English major and M.A. student who connects his literary studies to the business world’s need to tell stories.  This “rock star of the beer world” (Vanity Fair), who told the Philadelphia Inquirer that if he weren’t a brewer he would be an English teacher, said, “Look at any successful entrepreneur, and you realize that branding is storytelling.”  Similarly, while telling The Atlantic that he also might have become a writer of fiction, he explained, “there is no greater example of a work of fiction than a business plan.  As an entrepreneur you write it, then you spend your life trying to turn it into a work of non-fiction.”  And, as he explained to Vanity Fair, having an English degree has helped him communicate with his customers: “I think it’s a lot easier to have conversations about beer as a liquid art” than about making beer as a “scientific process”: “If you can make the liquid as enticing as the story, that’s the formula for success.”

Here's to English, beers and careers!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Book Party for Prof. Alan Drew

Main Point Books in Wayne hosted a party on May 25 in honor of the Random House publication of English professor Alan Drew's new novel Shadow Man.  Family, friends, faculty and students flocked to the party, highlighted by Prof. Drew's reading of selected passages from the novel.

Shadow Man on sale at Main Point Books.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gaby Watson at the House of the Seven Gables

English major Gaby Watson took a little trip to Salem, Ma., this week--to visit, in her words, "my dear friends Hepzibah and Clifford"!  Gaby adds that she felt the house's "gothic energy."

Gaby at the House of the Seven Gables

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Prof. Evan Radcliffe: Unitas in Caritate Award

English professor Evan Radcliffe  has been named the first recipient of the university's newly created Unitas in Caritate Award for Outstanding Service.  Congratulations, Evan!

Dr. Evan Radcliffe with Dean Adele Lindenmeyr, Dr. Louise Russo, director, Health Professions Advising and Associate Professor, Biology, Tolle Lege Award for Outstanding Teaching (full-time) and Dr. Barbara Zimmerman, instructor, Computing Sciences, Tolle Lege Award for Outstanding Teaching (adjunct).