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English Matters Newsletter Fall 2016

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ENGLISH MATTERS QU EEN S COLLEGE • DE PARTMENT OF ENGLI SH • FALL 2016 Welcome to the latest issue of the Queens College English Department Newsletter! As you see, this is from the desk of the returning chair. I had the good fortune last year to be able to take a full-year sabbatical. While I wasn't able to spend the year in a foreign library, I was able to leave behind, for a while, the steady stream of emails and other demands of being chair to focus on my own research and writing. In that time, I was able to finish a book on late medieval conduct literature for women that I've been working on for a number of years, and finish co-editing a collection of essays on medieval affect and emotion. Very satisfying, indeed, but also a solitary business from which I return refreshed and rejuvenated, happy to be back in the life of the department, engaged with students and colleagues again. I want to extend special thanks to Steven Kruger, for executing the job of Acting Chair so admirably last year. This semester the department welcomes Chris Wiliams, who joins us as an expert in writing pedagogy and will help administer the First-Year Writing program. We also say farewell to two longtime full-time faculty members, Amy Tucker and Bette Weidman, as well as a longtime adjunct professor, Linda Farhood-Karasavva. After the systematic review of the English major that the department implemented over the past several years, which resulted in a new set of required courses, the department is taking a breather, as it were, this semester. But in the spring, we will begin a similar review of the MA program. There is so much happening in the life of this dynamic and diverse department. I invite you to experience some of this liveliness in the entries to come, and to follow our day-to-day activities on the department's new and improved website. From the Desk of the Returning Chair Left: Paul Klapper Library, 1966; right: Paul Klapper Library, 2016. Thank you to all of the people who worked so diligently in the development of this newsletter: Central Receiving, Office of Communications, the Development Office, Reprographics, John Rice, Kim Smith, Tiffany Smith, Tiffany Thomas, and Karen Weingarten.

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