Academic Journals

Rhetorikos Celebrates Composition Students' Work

Rhētorikós: Excellence in Student Writing continues to showcase the work of students who have demonstrated the Ignation principle eloquentia perfecta, the ability to present clear and persuasive arguments, in this case through academic writing.

Rhētorikós is the biannual online journal that publishes the best essays from Fordham’s core writing classes, Composition I and Composition II. Essays are submitted on a voluntary basis by Composition teachers and are then evaluated in a blind review process by the journal’s editorial board.

“I've found that students love to feel empowered, and that’s exactly what Rhētorikós does for these young authors,” said Mira Sengupta, who serves as the journal’s co-chief editor with her colleague Christy Pottroff. “It gives them the opportunity to share their knowledge and research with the larger Fordham community.”

Originally the brainchild of Allie Alberts with the help of Professor Moshe Gold, Rhētorikós aims to print nine to twelve essays each semester. If a student’s essay is accepted for publication, the student receives substantive feedback from the editorial board. The student then works closely with his or her professor to revise the essay for publication.

Rhētorikós gives all students an extra incentive to write compelling, persuasively argued essays,” said Kevin Stevens, a Composition teacher who has seen his students’ work published and aided them in the revision process. "I'm extremely proud of and impressed by my students' diligence and determination to produce their best work, and I'm thrilled that Rhētorikós rewarded their efforts by publishing their essays."

Composition teachers encourage their students to write about what interests them, and the published essays reveal that students’ interests are both significant and diverse. Past essays have, for example, discussed city planning in Atlanta, GMOs, wealth inequality, and New York City architecture. Social justice is always a huge concern.

“I've learned so much from these bold, young writers whose essays have tackled a number of provocative issues,” said Sengupta.

Kevin Moran, a freshman at Rose Hill and a former student in Stevens’s class, had his essay “Expanding Civil Rights: How Can the US Eliminate Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace?” published last fall. Currently, it is legal in twenty-eight states to terminate or withhold employment on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation. Moran argues that a judicial ruling that protects individuals from this kind of discrimination would likely be the most effective and timely remedy to the problem.

“This is an issue that I am very passionate about because injustices and inequalities always disturb me—especially when these injustices are protected by or enshrined in law,” said Moran.

Luis Benitez, also a freshman at Rose Hill, had his essay “Digging for Gold and Finding Sexism” published last fall. The essay discusses sexist undertones in modern language, specifically analyzing the use and evolution of the word “gold-digger.”

“Word-histories reflect so much, including how the underrepresented and oppressed groups are targeted in many ways, even through the use of language,” said Benitez.

Moran’s and Benitez’s essays are published among seven others in the fall 2015 issue and can be accessed online. Past issues are also available in the archive.

The English department looks forward to future issues of the magazine. The editors of the journal hope that, among other topics, upcoming submissions will focus on election-year politics. The editors also welcome multi-media essays.

“I’m excited by the real political implications the online journal holds for the relationship between humanities and public life,” said co-chief editor Pottroff. “The journal reflects the values of humanities education and, importantly, has the potential to broadcast these values widely.”

For more information, email rhetorikos@fordham.edu.

Spring 2015 Prose Reading: A Celebration of Fordham's Literary Magazines

On Wednesday, February 11th, students met in the 12th Floor Lounge at Lincoln Center to learn about Fordham's literary magazines. The event, hosted by the Creative Writing Program, showcased the vibrant literary community at Fordham.

Student editors from the Ampersand, Bricolage, The Comma, and CURA tabled with copies of their respective publications and spoke with students about how they could get involved.

Just because you missed the event doesn't mean you need to miss out on the opportunity to work with these amazing publications. Here's some information on how you can get involved.

1. the Ampersand

The Ampersand is Rose Hill's student-run literary magazine. Published twice annually (once in the fall, once in the spring), the magazine accepts poetry, prose, short stories, and photographs/artwork for publication from students at both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. See the Ampersand's submission guidelines here.

Join the Ampersand on Facebook and on Twitter at @fuampersand. The Ampersand can be reached at fordham.ampersand@gmail.com.

2. Bricolage

Bricolage is a student-run journal of Comparative Literature that publishes both critical and creative writing in multiple languages –– the only Fordham University journal to do so. It also publishes photography and art. Members of the editorial board have control over both the structure and the content of the journal. Bricolage is currently accepting submissions (students from Lincoln Center and Rose Hill are both welcome) to four prompts listed on their website.

You can reach Bricolage  at bricolagesubmission@gmail.com and join them on Twitter at @BricolageTweets.

3. The Comma

Based in Lincoln Center, The Comma meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in LL 924 (unless otherwise specified on social media). The Comma is student-run, and workshops every other Monday and does writing exercises on the days they do not workshop.  The Comma is published in The Observer twice a semester and they publish the Creative Writing Awards in the spring.  The Comma also has two readings per semester.  Prose, poetry, and visual art submissions are accepted from undergraduates from either campus. The Comma's next submission deadline is March 13th and their next reading is on March 31st at 7:30 p.m. in LL 924.

You can reach The Comma at observercomma@gmail.com and join them on Facebook and on Twitter at @ObserverComma.

4. CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action

CURA is Fordham's preeminent professional literary magazine, focusing on the integration of the arts and social justice. Drawing submissions ranging from France to India, CURA offers students the outstanding opportunity to become involved in a professional publication. 

You can reach CURA at curamag@fordham.edu and join the magazine on Facebook and on Twitter at @CURAmag.

English Profs Gold and Sicker Edit Joyce Studies Annual

For more than a decade, scholarship on the work of literary giant James Joyce found a home in the Joyce Studies Annual, a premier journal created in 1989 by Thomas Stanley at the University of Texas.

When Stanley retired as editor in 2003, the journal went unpublished for years—that is, until two Fordham English professors and the Fordham University Press picked up the project in 2007 to continue the legacy. Professor of English Philip Sicker and Associate Professor Moshe Gold are now the co-editors of JSA, which pays homage to “the most influential novelist of the 20th century.”

Read the entire article, which was written by Joanna Mercuri and published in Inside Fordham on December 8, 2014. 

Lincoln Center undergrads publish in EP 10.0

Announcing a very special 10th anniversary issue of EP, a journal dedicated to promoting excellence in first year composition at the Lincoln Center campus.

The idea of eloquentia perfecta has long been central to Jesuit education, and EP draws on the best of that tradition while bringing it into the 21st century. You will find perfect eloquence here in this expository prose, and you will also find extended play: essays that take an idea and break it apart, look at it from a new angle, and remix it, showing it to us anew. 

This year’s issue of EP collects eleven essays, each written in the last year by a Fordham student in a Composition course or in a "Texts and Contexts" course.  Essays investigate family origins and struggles with depression; the nation’s celebrity obsession and the hidden gender assumptions of financial commercials; the effects of smart phones on conversation and the rise of “food deserts;” Radiohead’s critique of modern alienation and street artists’ struggles for societal acceptance; as well as a close reading of Victor Frankenstein’s renegotiation of human boundaries.

These essays represent some of the best Fordham has to offer, and we hope that it impresses, instructs, and inspires others to excel in their writing. The authors and their professors should celebrate the results, as do co-editors Peter Murray and Will Fenton and their faculty advisor Anne Fernald. Pick up a copy today!