• Student Achievements


    At the 2015 annual conference of the New Jersey College English Association held at Seton Hall University, Colleen King, was elected as the Graduate Representative to the Executive Board of the New Jersey College English Association.

    At the 2015 Northeast Regional Honors Conference held at Gettysburg, PA, undergraduate English majors Jennifer Broman and Taylore Glynn chaired a roundtable on the process of writing a creative writing thesis.

    The English Department is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013-2014 awards. There were many eligible and competitive submissions for the writing prizes, and a strong field of candidates for all the awards. We congratulate this year's winners, and thank our donors for their generosity.

      Caroline C. Anzarouth - The English Merit Award

    Often recognized for her strong academic performance and sophisticated critical writing, Caroline Anzarouth is this year's winner of the English Merit Award, an award honoring those students who have consistently exhibited academic excellence and creative scholarship. 

    Robert J. Magella - The English Award for Graduate Study

    This year's English Award for Graduate Study, recognizing English majors for their meritorious academic achievements in English with a prize that will help defray tuition costs for the first year of full-time graduate study in English, has been awarded to Robert Magella.  Magella will be attending NYU this coming fall.

    Rachel M. Miseo - The English Award for the Academic Writing Prize

    Rachel Miseo is this year's winner of the Academic Writing Prize, awarded annually for the best scholarly essay submitted in a regular writing course.  Miseo's "The Blind Transition" is a sophisticated, original, and timely discussion of the possible challenges faced by visually impaired students within the growing transition in education toward eReaders and related reading technologies.

    Zachary R. Scherl -The English Award for the Creative Writing Prize

    A story about the unspoken feelings that give mystery and substance to our deepest friendships, Zachary Scherl's "The Next Exit" brims with emotional intelligence and surprising turns of phrase.  It richly deserves this year's Creative Writing prize.

    Emily J. Scarano - The Caryl Sills English Teaching Award

    The Caryl Sills Teaching Award honors juniors and seniors double-majoring in English and Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who, in addition to academic excellence, exhibit great promise as teachers.  This year, the award goes to Emily Scarano, one of the department's most distinguished majors.


    Van Ness Book Cover

    Sara Van Ness, student in the English Department's MA Program, has written a book titled Watchmen as Literature: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel, published by McFarland and Company in 2010.

    The study began as a paper for an independent study and grew into her undergraduate thesis project, both under the direction of Dr. Stanley Blair of Monmouth University's English Department. In addition, she completed some of her research and writing of the book during a graduate-level independent study with Dr. Blair in Spring 2009. The book explores the graphic novel's reception in both popular and scholarly arenas, and how the conceptual relationship between images and words affects the reading experience. Other topics include heroism as a stereotype, the hero's journey, the role of the narrator, and the way in which the graphic layout manipulates the reader's perception of time and space.

    Sara graduated summa cum laude in May 2008 from Monmouth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and secondary education. Her thesis was awarded honors by both the Honors School and the English Department. As an undergraduate, she received the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Student Excellence and the New Jersey Distinguished Student-Teacher Award. She expects to complete her MA in English in Fall 2011.


    Theses in Progress

    Christopher D. Hankenson, "Long-Eared Epic: Watership Down and Questions of Readership."

    Theses Completed


    Kerry Bogert, "Therapy for Muggles: Exploring Representations of Trauma and Mental Illness in Fantasy Fiction," Spring 2014.

    Corinne Cavallo, "Homeless Texts of Trauma: Elie Wiesel's Night and the Argument of Omittance," Spring 2014.  Distinction.

    Amanda Connelly, "Who the Fuck is Moi? The Effects of Consumer Culture on Identity and Reality in Brett Easton Ellis's Glamorama," Spring, 2014.  Distinction.

    Eric Farwell, "Minor Pisces," Spring 2014.

    Samantha Glassford, "'Mysteries of Word and Glance': Verbal and Nonverbal Traumatic Coping Mechanisms in DeLillo's Falling Man," Spring 2014.

    Kayla Helfrich, "The Fire Starter," Spring 2014.

    Michael Mifka, "Chronicling Chinaski: Bukowski's Ham on Rye and Lower-Class, Ethnic Male Adolescence," Spring 2014.

    Joshua Rademacher, "Were Here, We're Queer, But Who Are We?," Spring 2014.

    Candice Belluscio, "Bound to Marriage: A Critical Analysis of Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice," July 2013.

    Alessandra Chai, "Writing the Self for Healing in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Are You My Mother?," Spring 2013

    Martyna J. Dobkiewicz, "Bite," Spring 2013. Distinction.

    Matthew Hall, "Bear in the Basement," Spring 2013. Distinction.

    Anita Komareth, "Clarissa's Exemplary Morality," Spring 2013.

    Jennifer Lyons, "Of Canons and Cauldrons: Harry Potter, National Culture, and Canon Exclusivity," Spring 2013.

    Amanda Bennett Morey, "No Child Left Behind as a Rhetorical Situation: 'Accountability and Flexibility' Will Leave Schools Behind," Spring 2013.

    Bernadette Sabatini, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue: Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse in the Middle Ages," Spring 2013.

    Lauren Schmidt, "(Ir)Responsible Rhetoric: Ron Unz and English for Children," Spring 2013.

    Patryk Zielonka, "The War to End All Boys," Spring 2013.

    Christine Bryant, “Lost Daughter,” Spring 2012.

    Nicholas Cariddo, “The Morro Castle” a full length play, Spring 2012.

    Erin Carroll, "Oranges, Lemons, and the Decline of the Traditional Mother Figure in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four," Fall 2012.

    Matthew Cinnirella, “Sleep With Me,” Spring 2012.

    Nicole Evegan, “The Best American Short Stories: Illustrating the Tension in Race Politics,” Spring 2012.

    Maria Geiger, “Chaucer’s Orthodoxy in the Age of Lollardy: Gentilesse in The Wife of Bath’s Tale, The Parson’s Tale, and “Gentilesse, Moral Balade of Chaucier,” Spring 2012.

    Bruce MacBeth, "Making Me Sick: The Rhetoric of Pharmaceutical Marketing," Fall 2012.

    Audrey Marcu-McGowan, “Small and Large Collaborative Group Work to Promote Learning In Freshman Composition Courses at Community Colleges,” July 2012

    Amy B. Monahan, “How to Polish the “Perfectly Polished Floor” and Write About It, Too: Life, Death, and the Domestic Aesthetic, or Poemesticity, of Linda Pastan," Spring 2012.

    Kimberly Morté, “Jumping the Great White: Kiana Davenport’s Shark Dialogues as American Literature,” Spring 2012. Distinction.

    Linda Johnston Muhlhausen, “MY OUT- CAST STATE, An Elizabethan Tragedy. A play in III acts,” Spring 2012.

    Elizabeth Myers, "Negotiating Between Adult Author and Young Adult Audience: Characterization in House of Many Ways,” Spring 2012

    Pamela Quillamor, “Will the Real Prufrock Please Stand Up? Misogyny in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot and Eminem,” Spring 2012.

    Kristin Dexnis Rosengrant, “Double Duty, A Novel in Progress,” Spring 2012.

    Mariana Sierra, “Isla,” Spring 2012. Distinction.

    John A. Tesauro III, “From the Inside Looking Out: Society’s Fringe,” Spring 2012.

    Frank Gogol, "Broken" and "Weeds": Short Fiction, Fall 2011.

    Sara Van Ness, "Ah Pook is Where? Authorship, Textuality, and Contingency," August 2011. Distinction.

    Alexis Anderson, "Deconstructing Post Race, Reception and Language (Linguistics): Richard Wright's Native Son," Spring 2011.

    Nicole Gough, "Cajun Dialect and Identity in Ernest Gaines' A Gathering of Old Men," Spring 2011.

    Veronica Guevara, "Genre Subversion in Where the Senoritas Are: A Play in Two Acts," Spring 2011.

    Sara Krainski, "Waste," Spring 2011.

    Lois Levine, "Charlotte Temple and the Making of America's First Best Seller," Spring 2011.

    Tracy Lisk, "The Role of Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote in the Progression of Female Characters and Writers from Romance to Novel," Spring 2011.

    Sharon Murphy, "Gender Entrapment in George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss and Jane Campion's The Piano," Spring 2011.

    Walter Przybylowski, "Written Screen/Filmed Page," Spring 2011.

    Brianne Sardoni, "Pedagogy of Composition Theory and Synthesis of Methodology," Spring 2011.

    Heather Steimel, "Domestic Disturbances," Spring 2011.

    Matthew Wheeler, "Enchanting Masculinity: Women and Warrior Culture in Malory's Morte Darthur," Spring 2011.

    Shanna Williams, "Postcolonial Feminism," Spring 2011.