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Monday, October 16, 2017

English Expedition Club: Frankenstein & Dracula Exhibit at the Rosenbach

When: Saturday October 21 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Rosenbach Museum and Library
Why: Blood, Guts, Gore and Modern Science meet Literature

Join the English Expedition Club for a timely exhibit in this month of ghosts and ghouls on Dracula and Frankenstein at the Rosenbach Library, near Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square.  At 12:00 Curator Edward Pettit will meet with Villanova students to show pages of the Dracula manuscript and discuss the history of this great collection in Philadelphia.  Space is limited for the hands-on tour.  Please email Professor Quigley (megan.quigley@villanova.edu) by Wednesday 12/18 if you’d like to join the hands-on tour.  We will also tour the Frankenstein & Dracula Exhibit between 12-2!  No need to RSVP for the exhibit.  The cost of admission is covered by the English Department.  I look forward to seeing you!

Rosenbach Museum & Library
2008-2010 DeLancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
DeLancey Place is located between Pine & Spruce Streets, in Philadelphia's historic Rittenhouse Square

Public Transportation:
- Regional Rail to Suburban Station, 16th & Market

(if desired, then: - Route 17 Bus via 19th & 20th Streets)
There is a 10:47 train that arrives in Suburban Station at 11:21
There is a 11:17 train that arrives in Suburban Station at 11:50
There is a 12:17 train that arrives in Suburban Station at 12:50
There is a 12:47 train that arrives in Suburban Station at 1:21

It is approximately a ten minute (FAST) walk from Suburban station to the Rosenbach. I highly recommend taking the earlier train to make it to the library on time.

When available, street parking is free for two hours.  There are several parking garages located on 20th Street a few blocks north, near Walnut Street and Chestnut Street.  I find parking there very difficult.  If you decide to drive, leave time for parking and traffic.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Prof. Cathy Staples: Review of Orion on the Dunes

English professor Cathy Staples recently published a review of Daniel G. Payne's Orion on the Dunes:  A Biography of Henry Boston in The Massachusetts Review.  You can read the review here.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Greetings from Recent Graduate Sydney Czech

A message from recent Villanova graduate and English major Sydney Czech (class of 2017)!

Hello, fellow Literary Wildcats,
I just started at Penguin Random House as a Library Marketing Assistant a little over a week ago. Here at PRH, they have rows and rows of “Take” shelves where you literally can just take books home with you, even some that aren’t officially published yet! As I was browsing through the take shelves, I happened upon Professor Drew’s Shadow Man and got so excited. I brought the book back to my desk and shared with my team how awesome it was to have a Villanova professor published here! Although I never had Professor Drew, I have always heard great things about him and I'm super excited to start reading his book. So, overall, not only is it great to have a little piece of Villanova with me here in New York, it’s also a remembrance of all the great professors that I had at Villanova that got me to where I am today.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Junior English major Alex Forgione was part of last night's Prufrock event.  She reports:
The event had a great turn out and it was a lot of fun! After we read the poem aloud, professors  Javadizadeh and Quigley shared some fascinating background information about the poem and T. S. Eliot. Then, we broke up into groups and discussed specifics about the poem. All of our conversations were very productive and insightful;  hopefully we inspired some people to declare English as a major!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Prof. Quigley's Classes Visit the Rosenbach

Graduate and undergraduates in Prof. Megan Quigley's James Joyce classes visited the Rosenbach museum and library on Delancey Street and saw the Ulysses manuscripts on Saturday.  Curator Elizabeth Fuller shared with the classes the ins and outs of the collection and Joyce's unusually fecund editorial methods!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

English Department Day of Service

This past Saturday, faculty and grad students from the department traveled to The Academy @ Palumbo in South Philly for the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. The group spent the day doing various improvement projects across the school, including painting columns in the cafeteria and guidance counselor offices.

Dr. Yumi "Paint Tape Pro" Lee in action.