Susan Greenfield's "Homelessness" Course Just Added to Fall Schedule

Take a service-learning course in the English department! "Homelessness: Literary Representation and Historical Reality" is a late addition to our Fall schedule. Taught by Professor Susan Greenfield, the course explores the literary representation--and lived experience--of homelessness.

For the academic portion of the course, you will read canonical literature about homelessness, including King LearThe Wrongs of WomanAdventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Grapes of Wrath, as well as various essays and memoirs by and about homeless people.

The service portion of the course will include meetings and discussions with homeless and formerly homeless people and 30 hours of volunteer work with a relevant service organization.

The course, ENGL 3964 R01, is being held Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM at the Rose Hill Campus.

FCRH Senior to Begin Ph.D. at University of Chicago


This fall, English major Katherine Nolan will begin doctoral study at the University of Chicago, which has offered her a highly competitive, five-year fellowship to study eighteenth-century literature.

Nolan (FCRH 2015) researches the advent of the novel, a form that, in its earliest stages, she says reads like “the wild west of literature.”  While she finds that some of her peers “associate the 18th century with Jane Austen and this sort of prim style of writing,” her scholarship asserts that “eighteenth-century novels can be more violent and racy” than is often assumed.  For example, Nolan’s senior thesis, titled “The Grammar of Desire: Eliza Haywood and the Sex Plot,” analyzes the erotic charges throughout the writings of the eighteenth-century author and actress.

Nolan attributes her interest in eighteenth-century literature to Professor Susan Greenfield, whose "Early Women Novelists" course exposed her to various eighteenth-century female authors.  She also mentions among her most influential courses an illuminating course with Professor Corey McEleney: “I foolishly did not think I could learn anything new about Shakespeare, and he absolutely proved me wrong.

The mentorship of Fordham’s English department crucially shaped Nolan’s undergraduate career.  Nolan praises the generous and insightful advising of Professors Keri Walsh and John Bugg, who she says “have been two of the most wonderful advisors and teachers a person could ask for; I am absolutely indebted to them for their help and support with the graduate school process.”

As Nolan embarks on a new future, she will bring with her skills learned from her academic as well as professional experiences, which include an internship at Columbia University Press, a managing editor position at the Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal, and four years as a writer—and two years as a copy chief—for The Fordham Ram.  Nolan will especially miss “the late Tuesday nights down in the newspaper office” and implores other English majors to consider contributing to The Ram: “I got to work with some of the greatest, most talented people. The Ram is such a great organization for English majors, especially . . .  I know I have learned so much and have become a better writer as a result.”

Story written by Kevin Stevens

Rose Hill Writing Center Moves to New State-of-the-Art Space

The Rose Hill Writing Center, which offers free writing assistance to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors and programs, opened its doors Feb. 11 in a bigger, brighter, and more technologically advanced room on the first floor of the Walsh Family Library.  


The new state-of-the-art facility features several spacious work stations with brand-new computers, including one free-standing station that can be raised and lowered to accommodate students in wheelchairs. A large conference table sits under elegant light fixtures, and a wall-mounted LCD screen will now allow for videoconferencing with speakers and scholars around the world as well as real-time collaborations with the Lincoln Center Writing Center.

Anna Beskin, a doctoral candidate in English and director of the Rose Hill Writing Center, says that the new space demonstrates Fordham’s commitment to helping students of all levels become stronger writers. “It’s a huge sign of support for what we do at the Writing Center.”

To design and build the new Writing Center, Rose Hill Writing Director Moshe Gold of the English department worked with department chair Glenn Hendler, director of University Libraries Linda LoSchiavo, a team from Facilities Management led by Rory Madden, deans John Harrington and Michael Latham, and architect Joel Napach of the Napach Design Group. Their shared goal was to design a space that would create a more cohesive experience for students working on research and writing.


This cohesion is reflected in the new space’s seamless visual integration into the existing library structure, with matching wood tones, paint colors, and signage. Walsh Library has also dedicated a portion of its entrance lobby as a waiting area for students visiting the Center, which is expected to be more in demand than ever given its upgraded facilities and new location.

The Writing Center’s move from the fifth floor of Dealy Hall to a space adjacent to the library’s reference room underscores the interconnectedness of good research with strong writing, of information literacy with the quest for eloquentia perfecta, or “perfect eloquence” in speaking and writing, that is one of Fordham’s pedagogical hallmarks. The resources that students need for a wide range of projects—from freshman composition essays and longer research papers to statements of purpose for graduate school applications—exist just outside the writing center’s doors.

“Once students work with a tutor and realize they have more work to do,” said Beskin, “they can see a reference librarian, ask questions, or search for books; they are already in the right space.”

Please visit the Writing Center website for writing resources, information about upcoming workshops, or to make an appointment.

This article was based on a draft written by Anna Beskin, and contains some language from an article in Fordham News by Nina Heidig. Photos by Martine Stern and Delia Brengel.

Now Online: Fall 2015 Undergraduate Courses

Since undergraduate registration for Fall 2015 starts today, we're sure you spent all of Spring Break considering what courses you want to take in the Fall (unless of course you're graduating in May)!  If not, you'll want to know that the Fall 2015 undergraduate course list is now online, and you should check it out.  Just to name a few of the many interesting options:

April 9: Teaching High School English with a PhD

On Thursday, April 9, William Mottolese will talk about teaching High School English with a PhD. Bill Mottolese earned his PhD in English at Fordham in 2000. After leaving a tenure-track university position, he joined the English faculty at the Convent of the Sacred Heart school in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he is now Chair of English. His story exemplifies the contingencies of academic labor and offers insights into navigating the range of employment prospects for PhDs and finding a rewarding job in secondary education. Come hear about Bill's experience and learn what opportunities might be possible for you.

English Graduate Course Lineup

Summer and Fall 2015 feature an array of interesting English graduate course offerings. 

A seminar on Horror and Madness in Fiction and Film is being offered in Fordham's Summer Session 2. The course counts for an American 2 or Elective Requirement and is open to non-degree students.

The Fall 2015 English graduate course schedule includes Research Methods; Romanticism and Private Life; Eighteenth Century Travel; Memory, Travel, Narrative; Approaches to American Literature Before 1900; 20th Century American Novel: A Violent Survey; Themes in Pre-Conquest Literature; and Late Medieval Women. Two creative writing options include a Master Class on The Short Story and a Playwriting Workshop.

For continuing graduate students, registration begins on April 7th for Summer and Fall 2015 English Graduate Courses.

Students who are not matriculated at Fordham may apply for non-degree enrollment now.

For further information, please contact Martine Stern at

April 16: Gayle Salamon - Gender, Belief and Phenomenological Ethics

Photo Credit: Wolfgang "Ali Renee, Age 58"

Photo Credit: Wolfgang "Ali Renee, Age 58"

The LGBTQ Graduate Group and the Feminist Theory Reading Group are co-sponsoring an upcoming lecture by Gayle Salamon from Princeton University entitled "Gender, Belief, and Phenomenological Ethics." The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th at 3pm in the South Lounge at Lincoln Center.

Professor Salamon has graciously shared a forthcoming article entitled "Passing Period" as suggested reading for her talk.

The LGBTQ Graduate Group will be meeting Thursday, March 26th at 7pm at Formerly Crow's ( to discuss. We tend to sit in the back at the long tables. 

Please contact Peter Murray for further information.