News & Updates

Seats Still Available in ENG 638: Global Cities

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cities dazzle, concentrate, and attract. But cities also oppress, divide, and repel. This class explores the very concept of “the city,” with particular attention to the topics of globalization, migration, and gentrification. Some of the “global cities” examined include San Francisco, London, Manila, and New York. Course materials draw from a variety of texts, ranging from fiction (Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners) to visual media (the Humans of New York photoblog) to critical theory (Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project). Fulfills global literatures requirement for English majors concentrating in Literature.

Writing Pedagogy Workshop

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Workshop for faculty, Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Administration Building (ADM  460). Lecturers will be paid for participating and lunch will be served. Hosted by The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID). This month’s workshop is “Teaching Reading to Support Writing,” facilitated by Tara Lockhart, the Director of Composition in the English Department.

HERA Call for Papers Deadline Extended

Monday, January 23, 2017

Deadline extended for HERA Call for Papers!

Seats Still Available in ENG 614 Victorian Women: Agents of Change

Friday, January 06, 2017

Seats still available in ENG 614.01 Victorian Women: Agents of Change Wednesdays 6:10-8:55 with Professor Hackenberg.

The Victorian Era (1830s to the early 1900s) saw the birth of modern feminism: women started working outside the domestic sphere; Victoria Woodhull became the first female candidate for President of the United States; abolitionists and suffragettes became social forces. It was also a time of increasingly rigid gender ideologies (“angels” vs. “fallen” women) and vigorous debates about the “woman question.” This class, "Victorian Women: Agents of Change," which fulfills the Theory/Criticism requirement for English Literature Majors, will engage the “women question(s)” of the nineteenth century—many of which are still being asked today—by reading a selection of “sensational” fictions, political poetry, and personal narratives by British and American women.

Primary readings include Bronte’s Jane Eyre; Howe’s “The Hermaphrodite”; Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret; Alcott’s “Behind a Mask”; Southworth’s Capitola the Madcap, Crafts’ The Bondwoman’s Narrative; Hopkins’s Hagar’s Daughter, and poetry/essays by Bates, Browning, Craik, Dickinson, Eliot, Hale, Levy, and more. We will consider a selection of contemporary essays and criticism about Victorian women and engage in our own “recovery” research project with the help of SFSU Library’s Special Collections.

ENG 614

Seats Available in ENG 760

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Seats are still available in ENG 760.02 - American Literature and Ideology!

Still seats available in:


English 760 (02): American Literature and Ideology

Prof. Beverly Voloshin

Spring 2017, Tuesdays 4:10-6:55

This seminar is a critical examination of ideas about Palestine in American religious and national thought and the ways these ideas are expressed in as well as interrogated in works of American literature—from the Puritan colonists to the end of the nineteenth century.

Graduate students from other programs who have an appropriate background in literature are welcome; please contact the instructor:

ENG 580 Section 2 - Melville Seats Still Available

Thursday, January 05, 2017

There are seats still available in English 580(02): Melville.

TTH 11-12:15

Professor Beverly Voloshin

Have you wanted to read Moby-Dick

Do you wonder whether this is an age of knaves and fools? Then you will be fascinated by The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade.

This is a course in the works of Herman Melville, one of the great writers of the nineteenth century. Readings include TypeeMoby-DickBenito CerenoThe Confidence-ManBilly Budd, as well as some short stories and poems. We will look at Melville's work in the context of commerce, travel, colonialism, race, slavery, labor, ideas of the nation, the emerging world system, friendship, erotic love--among other topics. We will discuss Melville's engagement with philosophy, from the ancients to the moderns; with contemporary and older writers; with the materiality of the book. And, we will consider how Melville's works speak to us, now.

ENG 580.02

HERA Conference Call for Papers

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The 2017 HERA conference, 1-4 March 2017 in San Diego, will be held at the historic Westgate Hotel in San Diego, steps from the Gaslamp District, Little Italy, the waterfront, and the blue and green trolley lines. The special HERA rate for the conference (including the days before and after the conference) is $153.

Call for Papers for 2017 Conference!

The Humanities Education and Research Association [HERA] conference is a refereed, peer-reviewed conference. The 2017 general theme is "Local Voices to Global Visions: Exploring Identity in the Humanities." Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

Formed in 2007, HERA is an educational, non-profit organization, devoted to facilitating inclusive and non-hierarchical conversations and exchanges in the Humanities (in the broadest definition of the Humanities). Since 2009 (the first conference), San Francisco State University LCA faculty and graduate students have had a high level of representation at the HERA conferences, which include worldwide participants. There is also a peer-reviewed academic journal, Interdisciplinary Humanities, to which HERA members and conference participants may submit. Professor Sarita Cannon and Geoffrey Green serve on the HERA Board of Directors. The HERA website is:

Call for letters: Summer Star

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The English Department’s Retention, Tenure and Promotion Committees invite letters from students and faculty in support of faculty being reviewed.

Summer Star………..Fourth Year Retention

Deadline:  Wed., 10/12    Address letter to Prof. Shahani, Retention Committee Chair

English Department Closed 7/21

Friday, July 15, 2016

The English Department will be closed on Thursday, July 21 for the first annual staff retreat. We apologize for any inconvenience.

ENG 803 Announcement

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The TA Practicum (ENG 803) offers graduate students the opportunity to learn about pedagogical issues in the teaching of literature by assisting professors in running a large lecture course.

Alum Willie Mims: East Contra Costa Community Activist Won't Quit

Friday, October 09, 2015

“Students had very little respect for authority ... but Willie taught them about respect.”

Alum Steve Hellman Named Faculty of the Year at Mendocino College

Thursday, September 17, 2015

“The best thing about teaching is the interaction with my students. I try to help each student realize the strength of their own abilities and to find their own voice.”