Zoom Cafe Presents: The Honors Thesis: Expanding Your Academic and Creative Portfolio
Friday, January 22, 2021, 02:00pm - 03:00pm
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English majors, particularly juniors, are welcome to attend this informal (and informative) Zoom event, focusing on the advantages and process of pursuing a year-long academic or creative project with the guidance of English department faculty (a 3.6 GPA in English is a prerequisite [here or somewhere we need language]). Led by Professor Ann Baynes Coiro, honors director for literature, and Professor Belinda McKeon, honors director for creative writing, this conversation will prominently feature advice from honors students who are currently working on Honors projects. Come with questions for faculty and for your fellow students. 

Note: for the Honors program, a 3.6 GPA in English is a prerequisite, as is being an English major. f a student is on track to graduate at the end of a fall semester, she or he can still take honors, and split the work over the spring and fall semester, rather than fall and spring


Ann Baynes Coiro works on seventeenth-century English literature and culture, ranging from William Shakespeare to Aphra Behn. Book history and performance theory underlie her work, but form and the history of form are always central. Milton’s poetry is one primary focus, particularly its deep roots in drama and performance (she is a past president of the Milton Society of America). Her many articles address the significant but relatively neglected body of post-Shakespearean drama, the diverse range of Cavalier poetry, the poetry of Robert Herrick, Amelia Lanier and Andrew Marvell, and John Dryden’s critical work. Recently she has co-edited Rethinking Historicism from Shakespeare to Milton (Cambridge University Press, 2012) with Thomas Fulton and Milton in the Long Restoration (Oxford University Press, 2016; in paperback, 2021) with Blair Hoxby. With Lisa Walters and Lara Dodds she is currently editing the first collection of essays putting scholarship on Margaret Cavendish and John Milton together, Cavendish and Milton: Rethinking Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture

Belinda McKeon's debut novel Solace (Scribner) won the 2011 Faber Prize and was voted Irish Book of the Year as well as being shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Kerry Group Prize. Her second novel, Tender, was published in 2015, and she has published short fiction in a number of anthologies. As a journalist, she has written on literature and the arts for The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Guardian, and the Irish Times. Her plays have been produced in Dublin and New York, and she is under commission to the Abbey Theatre. Education Trinity College, Dublin B.A. English and Philosophy (2000) University College, Dublin MLitt Philosophy (2004) Columbia University, New York MFA Fiction (2010) Areas of specialization 20th Century and Contemporary Fiction and Non-Fiction; Irish Literature and Drama.

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