Students in the Merrimack English program learn that literature, film and other forms of storytelling have the capacity to influence social change, challenge dominant versions of history, rewrite cultural myths, shape concepts of identity, and represent aspects of lived experience that cannot be expressed fully. They become knowledgeable about the ways in which culture shapes word, artist, reader, text and events, and they develop an understanding of the entire creative process, from the creation of imaginative writing to the interpretation of it by skilled, agile readers.
Our small course sizes promote close contact between students and professors and permit faculty to read carefully and respond thoughtfully to what students have written. We dedicate ourselves to fostering conversation about literature and writing in and out of the classroom; we learn quickly and remember our students’ names; we devote individual attention to those who seek it. We value all forms of writing, whether formal or informal, creative or academic, because we have found that writing triggers discovery, cultivates the formation of dialogue between readers and books, and closes the distance between readers.
The fourth issue of the English Department’s newsletter is here:
New Courses for 2013 - 2014
- Chaucer and Popular Culture
- Creative Writing: Screenwriting
- Mixing & Mashing Monsters: From Beowulf, to Tolkien, Critchton, and Back Again.
- The New England Shore
New Courses for 2014 - 2015
- Creative Writing: Nonfiction
- The Undead Eighteenth Century: Origins of English Gothic Literature
- Literary New England: The Massachusetts Experience
- Michael Jackson: Reading the King of Pop as Cultural Text
Murphy Faculty Conference Room Rededicated
On Friday, October 11, 2013, a memorial re-dedication of Professor Catherine A. Murphy Conference Room was held. Professor Murphy taught Irish literature, Creative Writing, and Shakespeare. Speakers included Maureen O’Rourke Murphy, international Irish literature scholar, and Bud Jennings, a Merrimack graduate, who is a high school teacher and fiction writer.