Dr. Amanda Auerbach's article "Affective Transmission and the Invention of Characters in the Victorian Bildungsroman" was published by Victorian Literature and Culture Vol 48 Issue 4, November 19 2020.

Fletcher Bonin's (MA/PhD candidate) novel Vulture has been accepted for publication through Rebel Satori Press, and is expected to be published in early 2022. Vulture is a work of dystopian fiction inspired by his undergraduate thesis (Salve Regina University '16), which explored vital moments of optimism in George Orwell's 1984, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

Comps Info Session and Scansion Workshop

On Wednesday, February 3rd at 8pm, Dr. Gibbons will be running an Info Session and Scansion Workshop for seniors who are taking the comprehensive exam this semester. In the first part of the online meeting he will answer questions about this year's comprehensive exam; in the second part he will run a scansion workshop for anyone who would like to review in preparation for part two of the exam.

To register for the Zoom meeting, please fill out this online form.

If you would like to attend but cannot make it on the 3rd, please email Dr. Gibbons to discuss an alternative meeting time. 

Inventio Launch Video

At the end of the fall semester, Inventio: The Undergraduate Research Journal of The Catholic University officially launched Issue 5, Volume 2 via an online video livestream that honored the authors, faculty, and students involved in its production. Included in the volume is an essay by Anna Stephens (B. A. English and Secondary Education, '21), "Characterization and Courtly Love in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde," which was originally written for Dr. Megan Murton's class ENG 352: Chaucer and His Age II.

The 2020-21 Inventio Student Editorial Board also boasts an impressive number of English majors, including Elizabeth Hughes, Rachel Wood, Anna Stephens, Annie Murphy, Kate Lorio, Susanna Torres, Javier Mazariegos, Nicole Cicippio, Caroline Morris, and Anna Harvey.

 You can watch the recording of the launch on the English Department's YouTube channel.

Name the New Literary Magazine

The English Department is starting a new official online magazine of literature and the arts. The magazine will be overseen by faculty in the English department and run by undergraduate students, publishing writing and art by students at Catholic University.

We are seeking a fitting title for this new magazine. Please use the online form to suggest a title and provide a brief (1-2 sentences) explanation of why you've suggested it.

Write for The Annex!

If you are a current English major/minor or alumna/us of the department and would like to contribute to The Annex, please email Dr. Taryn Okuma ( The Annex is always seeking writers to contribute alumni profiles, faculty/class/program profiles, articles about department events, or original writing relevant to the newsletter's focus on the English Department.