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accents on english | fall 21-spring 22

volume 25, issue 1

We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.

—Walter Mosley


heritage and change

A note from the editor: On time, adaptation and the dynamic impulse
Larry Ellis 

alumni feature

An interview with Kent Linthicum, ACLS fellowship winner
Devoney Looser

An interview with attorney Darlene Cortina
Mollie Connelly-MacNeill 

research and engagement

Humanities-led international hub comes to ASU
Ayrel Clark-Proffitt

From the archive to the page: Devoney Looser is keeping up with the Porter sisters
Mollie Connelly-MacNeill 


The Secret Garden: A clandestine perspective
Larry Ellis



Advising on the rise: The Department of English welcomes new student-centered staff
Kira Assad

Engaging the past, defining the future: New faculty in medieval and early modern studies
Kira Assad

New program staff are an investment in excellence
Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Creative writing adds Pulitzer and Whiting Award winners
Emily Balli

Departures (retirements)

A CARE-ing member of our department retires: Karen Dwyer is always thinking in terms of community
Sarah Duerden

Like a rolling stone: Steve Farmer decamps for retirement
Sarah Duerden

A tribute to Maureen Daly Goggin
Shirley Rose

Honoring a compassionate mentor: On Keith Miller's retirement
Cindy Tekobbe

A beloved medievalist, Robert Sturges, retires
Richard Newhauser


Touchdown! A sports connection enables literary philanthropy
Sheila Luna

word lovers' corner

Everything old is new again: Crossword déjà vu
Alberto Ríos

in memoriam

Adelheid Thieme (1953-2021)
Shirley Rose

heritage and change in the news

Leaving faith behind (Transformations)
Ron Broglio's journey to self acceptance

Debut films 'Aloners' and 'Violet' immerse us in the lives of women on the brink of change (Ms. Magazine)
Aviva Dove-Viebahn reviews two new feminist films from the Toronto International Film Festival

Ahmaud Arbery and the white man’s justice (Runner's World)
Mitchell Jackson articulates the painful facts of 'running while Black'

Abolitionist newspaper revived as fight over CRT in schools intensifies (Newsweek)
Neal Lester points to the unfortunate relevance of what should be a historical artifact

Bending the clock: New perspectives on nineteenth-century ageing (Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century)
Devoney Looser contributes to a roundtable conversation about Victorian ideas of old age

'Harry Potter for adults’: Netflix lures 'Bridgerton' fans with live events (The New York Times)
Katherine Morrissey comments on stereotypical fandoms

Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga star in Broadway's new 'Macbeth,' a cathartic release for our times (Vogue)
Ayanna Thompson discusses nuances of performing race in Shakespeare

new books & media

Faculty, staff, student, & alumni publications

upcoming events

2022-2023 Department of English events

editorial staff

Accents on English 2.0 is produced by the Department of English at Arizona State University.

Executive Editors: Larry Ellis, Kristen LaRue-Sandler  |  Web Editor: Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Copy Editors: Kira Assad, Sheila Luna

Newsletter Committee: Larry Ellis (Co-Chair), Kristen LaRue-Sandler (Co-Chair), Gabriel Acevedo Velázquez, Kira Assad, Mollie Connelly-MacNeill, Elizabeth Horan, Jenny Irish, Devoney Looser, Sheila Luna

about the masthead image

ASU photographer Charlie Leight snapped this skyward view from inside the new ISTB7, which houses the Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health, home of the UNESCO BRIDGES Sustainability Coalition Flagship Hub at ASU. Read more about the BRIDGES Coalition and the story of the gorgeous new building in this piece about environmental humanities at ASU.