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 Dr. Brooks Appelbaum:
Temporary Professor Candidate

by Johnathan Skidmore

At the time that this article is being written, Dr. Brooks Appelbaum is being considered for a temporary position on Monmouth College's English Department.  As many of you know, Professor Rob Hale is going to be on sabbatical during the fall semester and Mark Willhardt will be away during the spring.  The English department has been interviewing many applicants in order to fill these positions.  Dr. Appelbaum was born in Kansas and received her doctorate at Cornell.  Her focus is on Victorian literature and theatre.  Students were urged to attend a meeting in order to hear Dr. Appelbaum discuss a class she will be teaching next semester if chosen as the replacement.   

Dr. Appelbaum began her discussion by briefly outlining the historical context of her course.  The Victorian era marked a period where women were becoming increasingly involved in the intellectual sphere of society.  During this period, the novel was becoming increasingly popular, causing societal anxiety about who was writing novels and what standards they were following.  Novels were cheaper and readily available due to libraries and easier printing methods.  As a result, scholars attempted to qualify what constituted “high art” and what comprised something that would be considered “low art.”   

Appelbaum’s course will be focusing on the works of the Bronte sisters.  In a societal conversation regarding high art that was dominated primarily by male voices, the Bronte sisters consciously added their voice to the debate when very few other women did.  The course will examine this through reading their literature, diaries, and the prefaces that the sisters wrote for different editions of each other’s books.  Novels that will be read in the course will include Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.  The students will discuss the literary, critical, and historical context through the works of the Bronte sisters with focus on their juvenilia and original prefaces.

This looks to be an interesting class.  If it is available next year, I strongly recommend that you take it.  Besides, it'll be a chance to see a new face in the classroom for once.

***Please note: If Applebaum is hired, she will also teach Advanced Composition in the spring


The Importance of Journals
on the Trip to Gautier, Mississippi

by Megan Carlson

On March 4th, 20 students, faculty, and staff woke up at four in the morning to embark on a journey to Gautier, Mississippi.  None of us knew exactly what we were getting ourselves into.  Because of this, we had made committees before we left.  This included entertainment, T-shirt design, and the ever important food committee.  I decided to join the journal/reflection committee, thinking it would help my writing aspirations.  At first, the journals seemed like something fun to remind you of what you saw or did.  These journals did contain that, but they also became something else.  Everyone got a journal the first day at camp.  The journal committee was somewhat skeptical if anyone would actually use them, and if this was somewhat cheesy.  We were strongly mistaken.  The group would carry their journals around everywhere.  When there was free time, two or three people would be writing away.  This was surprising to me because I did not think that it would really be that important to people.  The damage and destruction that we saw from Hurricane Katrina forced us to write about everything we saw.  At night we would get together and just talk about what we were doing and the people that we met.  Responses varied with the questions that the reflection committee asked.  Some people were angered by the fact that these towns are still destroyed literally and emotionally.  Some people were ecstatic that the communities had not given up and were kind-hearted generous people.  One person even said that this week had sparked something inside her and she felt the need to write down everything.  These are just a couple of examples, but this trip had to have journals because it helped to connect us as a group.  Most of us had hardly known each other before this, and now there is a mutual understanding of what we all went through.  We know that what we saw and did will stay stuck in our minds, and it will be impossible to forget the magnitude of this trip.  There is something very powerful about writing, and I think that we all realized this on our trip to Mississippi. 


If you would like more information, you can contact me at

There is also more planning for another trip in May.  If anyone is interested, contact Ashley Nuzzo.


English Course Schedule for Academic Year 2006-2007

Fall 2006

English 110: Composition and Literature
Taught by various members of the English faculty, this course is a study of basic rhetorical strategies and their application in thesis-based essays, as well as an analysis of literature emphasizing the symbolic and expressive uses of language. Students are introduced to the imaginative modes of literature and demonstrate their understanding of those uses through discussion and written work. (Four Credits)

English 108: Introduction to Literature
This course, taught by Professor Mark Willhardt, is a general literature course for non-majors, English 180 seeks to encourage life-long reading through appreciation of literary language and form. The course will emphasize examination and comparison of literary genres, structure and form in fiction and poetry, and New Critical analysis (point of view, plot, setting, characterization, diction, imagery, metaphor and symbol, theme, etc.) In addition, the course will place a particular topic or sub-genre in the context of pertinent historical and cultural settings, while examining categorical assumptions about "popular" and "serious" literary treatments. The subject of the course this year is going to be "Detective Fiction." (Three Credits)

English 220: British Survey I
Beginning with the canonical alliterative epic Beowulf and continuing through the works of Samuel Johnson in the eighteenth century, students in this course, taught by Professor Belschner, survey roughly ten centuries of British literature. The goals in this course are twofold (at least): to provide a chronology of (mostly) canonical British literature and to develop a sense of literary historicity as well as to think deeply about literature rooted in cultures simultaneously comparable to and disparate from our own.

English 224: American Survey I
This course, taught by Professor Watson, is one of two introductory surveys in American literature emphasizing literary movements, and cultural and historical developments in the literature of the United States. Readings will include: native American creation myths; explorer narratives; poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from such writers as Bradstreet, Cotton Mather, Edwards, Franklin, Cooper, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson. (Three Credits)

English 226: Advanced Print Media and Workshop
This course, taught by Tom Withenbury, is an advanced study in print media, covering the more complex elements of journalism. (Two Credits)

English 314: History of the English Language
HotEL, taught by Professor Willhardt, is designed to give you a view of the internal and external causes which shaped English over the past 1500+ years.  The students will study the linguistic bases for English, starting with a primer in phonetics, and then study the development of English as a language.  (Three Credits)

English 343: Twentieth Century British Literature
Taught by Professor Willhardt, this course will be a sampling of the works of many major 20th-century British Literature.  The specific works have not been decided as of yet, but last year's version of this course, entitled "Angry Young Men," found the students reading Graham Greene and Anthony Burgess as well as several selections of the post-WWII punk movement. (Three Credits)

English 347: Modern America Drama
This course, taught by Professor Watson, has not been taught in around five years.  In the past this course has included plays by Eugene O'Neill, Clifford Odets, William Saroyan, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams Lorraine Hansberry, Edward Albee, Beth Henley, Amiri Baraka, etc. Students keep a director's notebook, work with others on a video production of a scene from a play, see several films, write papers and exams. (Three Credits)

English 350: Special Topics in Literature
This is the "Special Topics in Literature" course that is going to be taught by the temporary Assistant Professor.  The professor has not yet been named, but for a possible course subject, view the first article on this page about Professor Appelbaum.  (Three Credits)

English 430: Methods of Teaching English
A study, lead by Professor Kevin Roberts, of the basic approaches to the teaching of poetry, fiction, and drama and their application in the classroom. Attention is given to the teaching of composition, the marking of themes, and the preparing and grading of examinations. May not be counted toward a major in English. (Three Credits)


 Spring 2007

English 201: Grammar
A course, taught by Professor Kevin Roberts, that gives students practice in fundamental English grammar. Emphasizes basic skills, not theory. (Three Credits)

English 221: British Survey II
A historical survey, taught by Professor Hale, emphasizing literary and cultural developments in English literature from the Romantic through the Modern periods.  (Three credits.)

English 225: American Survey II
Taught by Professor Craig Watson, this is an introductory survey focusing on poetry and fiction written after the Civil War and before American involvement in the Second World War. Included are works from such writers as Jewett, Wharton, Twain, James, Kate Chopin, Crane, Pound, Robinson, Frost, Anderson, Stevens, Eliot, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. Emphasis on literary, cultural, and historical movements. The course is a continuation of English 224, but may be taken alone and without regard to sequence. (Three Credits)

English 240: Russian Literature in the 19th Century
This course is taught by Professor Suda and is an introductory survey of 19th-century Russian literature in translation. Emphasis is on outstanding works of the period in their cultural and historical contexts. Includes works by such writers as Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov. (Three credits.)

English 299: Writing Fellows
Taught by Professor Steve Price, this course is an introduction to the tutoring process, as well as basic pedagogical and developmental strategies for teaching writing. Course requirements will include readings in composition/tutoring theory and practice as well as tutoring in the Mellinger Teaching and Learning Center. (Two Credits)

English 310: Advanced Creative Writing
This course, taught by Professor Mary Bruce, is one in which Students write intensively in fiction or poetry, individually selecting their subject matter throughout the course. Students sharpen their critical skills by evaluating one another’s work and by investigating contemporary writing and publishing. (Three Credits)

English 350 section 1: The Works of John Milton
"He who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself" John Milton, Areopagitica. This course shall be taught by Professor Belschner.  Students will immerse themselves in the major works of John Milton including his masterpiece, Paradise Lost; his shorter poems on death, virginity, and circumcision; and the interesting bits from his non-fiction on freedom of speech, on divorce, "The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates," and others. The focus of this course will be soaring, sublime prose; intricate poetic structures; and the seductive power of the devil. (Three Credits)

English 350 section 2: Romantic Literature
In this iterationof Romantic Literature, taught by Professor Hale, students will examine some canonical Romantic works by writers such as William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and John Keats and look at them against works written during the Romantic period that don’t necessarily fit with Romanticism—an 18th-century gothic novel (probably by Radcliffe), a Jane Austen novel, and a Mary Shelley novel. (Three Credits)

English 361: Shakespeare 1
Shakespeare's greatest masterpieces--the work of the latter end of his career--are the focus of this course, including Hamlet and The Tempest. Ponder sex, death, and the new world as taught by Professor Belschner. The students will examine the conditions of Shakespeare's stage, the main genre distinctions and Shakespeare's genre innovations, and some film versions of his works. Most importantly, we will examine the questions about our very humanity that Shakespeare raises in these works: what are our flaws? How can we face old age and death bravely? What do we do about our own very human limitations? Shakespeare's powerful use of language also receives focused attention. (Three Credits)

English 400: Senior Seminar
Taught by Professor Hale, the topic of the Senior Seminar for next year is Revolutionary Books, and we will use this topic as a loose way to organize and draw connections between the texts.  The students will look at different connotations of the label and consider different ways a work might be considered revolutionary, whether from a technical/formal, Marxist, political-historical, feminist, or cultural perspective.  The primary texts have not yet been chosen, but the last time Professor Hale taught the course the class read Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Hughes’s Fine Clothes to the Jew, Plath’s Ariel, and Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman.  Professor Hale would like to note that he welcomes suggestions or votes for the books seniors would like to read.  (Three Credits)





  • The English Department faculty would like to announce the awards that will be given by the department to English majors at the 2006 Honors Convocation in April.  The description of the awards and their criterion are listed as follows:

  • The Lloyd C. and Dorothy Arthur Prize in Expository Writing was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Lloyd C. Arthur (1918-1996), a member of the Monmouth College Class of 1939 and a former Monmouth postmaster who was active in the Presbyterian Church and several community organizations. It is presented annually to a Monmouth College student for excellence in expository or argumentative prose in class work.

  •  The Eva Cleland Book Award was first presented in 1978 to honor Professor Eva Hanna Cleland (1895-1991), a native of Canada who taught English at Monmouth College from 1923 until her retirement in 1966, and who is credited with modernizing the department by introducing the study of creative writing along with modern poetry and prose. The award is presented annually to an English major for outstanding work in English literature.

  • The Rosanna Webster Graham Prize in Creative Writing was established in 1987 to honor the memory of Rosanna Webster Graham (1906-1985), a 1928 Monmouth College graduate with a lifelong interest in the creative arts. A founding member of the college’s Crimson Masque dramatic society, she later became an accomplished artist and short story writer. The prize is awarded each year for the best example of student creative writing, in the form of a one-act play, short story or poetry.

  •  The Adele Kennedy Book Award was first awarded in 1979 to honor Professor Adele Kennedy (1907-1987), who retired from the English Department in 1977 after 31 years of service. Known affectionately as “Mom” to her students, she touched hundreds of lives with her creative teaching style, bringing the written word to life. The award is presented annually to an English major for outstanding work in American literature.

  •  The William B. McKinley Prizes in English were endowed in 1925 by Senator William Brown McKinley of Illinois (1856-1926). A trustee of the University of Illinois and a philanthropist, he awarded the prizes to encourage individual study and research in advanced work in English.

  • The Philip J. Wheeler Memorial Prize in Literature was established in 1997 in memory of Philip J. Wheeler (1926-1997). A 1950 Monmouth College graduate with a degree in business administration, he was a former Monmouth bookstore owner, a supporter of the Warren County Library and an avid reader. It is awarded annually to an English major with a strong interest in literature.

If you have any questions about this awards please contact Department Chair, Dr. Craig Watson at xt. 2101.

  • The tutoring hours at the Mellinger Learning Center have changed. There are updated schedules posted around campus and there is also an updated version available on this website.  Please note that certain hours have changed and a new Japanese tutoring session has also been added.  To find this information quickly, please click here.


The Printing Press needs for you, that's right, you, to submit your work.  We are well aware of the fact that there are some serious writers out there.  If you, or someone you know, writes short stories or poetry, let us know.  For next issue, there will be a contest in order to help bring some of you out of your shells.  The students whose work we choose shall be exalted in the Printing Press and the author will be immortalized through the written word.  Did I mention that there was a prize?

The authors we choose to be placed in the Printing Press will win one black and white autographed photograph of their favorite English professor, frame included.  Who wouldn't want to have a signed picture of their mentor and inspiration placed on your desk. 

The winner will get to choose either Professor Craig Watson, Professor Kevin Roberts, Professor Rob Hale, Professor Mark Willhardt, Professor Marlo Belschner, Professor Mary Bruce, and as a special bonus Communication across the Curriculum Professor Steven Price.  Be the first one on your block to own one of these tasteful portraits, collect all seven!

This is a serious contest.  Please, submit any questions to one of the Printing Press staff members and good luck!


What Period of History Produced Your Favorite Literature and Why Would You Consider it to be Your Favorite?

I'm a fan of early-mid 20th century literature, particularly the "Lost Generation" stuff by Fitzgerald and Hemingway. The work of this period is moody and often anticlimactic and much of it goes against literary tradition. As someone who marches to the beat of a different drummer, I find that aspect intriguing. Plus, there's lots of sex and violence in literature of this period, which I thoroughly enjoy.
-Brandon Athey

The Victorian Era produced a lot of colorful literature that I will always remember reading in college and hope to continue reading on my own (thanks to Rob Hale for teaching me about Victorian culture).  I plan to read “Goblin Market” to my children when teaching them not to talk to strangers.  I also really enjoy American literature at all its stages of history, probably because of Craig Watson.
-Talitha Nelson

I honestly like the revolutionary ideas presented in the "Angry Young Men" period of British writing, that being the writing of the last 100 years. It presented books like Brighton Rock and A Clockwork Orange that were just incredible, while at the same time chronicling the feelings that the Brits had for and against the war, the punk rock movement, and patriotism.
- Chadd Kaiser



Cultural Events Calendar

The Cultural Events Calendar is a monthly update on the special activities going on at Monmouth College and other campuses such as Western, Knox, and Augustana.


Writing Labs

Monday - Thursday                 3:00-5:00  pm
  Sunday - Thursday                 7:00-10:00 pm
Math Monday - Thursday                 3:00 - 5:00 pm
  Sunday - Thursday                 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Spanish Monday and Thursday             7:00 - 8:00 pm
  Tuesday and Wednesday         7:00 - 9:00 pm
French Tuesday and Thursday            7:00 - 9:00 pm
German Tuesday and Thursday            6:00 - 7:00 pm
Japanese Monday                                3:00 - 5:00 pm
  Thursday                              4:00 - 5:00 pm

          By appointment Only
            (3rd Floor of Wallace Hall)


Photograph courtesy of Jamie Jasmer 

A good old fashioned game of dodge ball during Greek Week in the quad.



Jamie Jasmer                                       Johnathan Skidmore                      

Megan Carlson


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