Chair’s Welcome by Dr. Margaret Rose Torrell
12 September 2013
Welcome to the SUNY College at Old Westbury English Department Website. I hope you had a pleasant summer and are re-energized and ready to achieve great things this fall! A warm welcome to our new freshmen, majors, graduate students, and faculty.
The Fall semester is just about three weeks underway and our students have already begun a journey that takes them across time, around the globe, and to more advanced levels of writing, reading, and thinking. In one classroom, they are engaged in a discussion about the Old English epic, Beowulf. In another, the ancient Greek tragedy, Antigone.
Down the hall, students are exploring the transformative power of storytelling in The Arabian Nights or The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa while others are making friends with literary theory or have begun their intensive study of Virginia Woolf. Some of our seniors are embarking on an exploration of the intellectual autobiography that will culminate in writing their own story of their intellectual development. Other seniors are ready to submit the first installment of their senior thesis projects on topics such as masculinity in Junot Diaz’s works, homoerotics in Virginia Woolf’s novels, folklore in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and literary elements in Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition.
In our Writing Programs courses which are coordinated by Dr. Christopher Hobson, some English Composition I classes are reading and writing literacy narratives while English Composition II students are using multicultural literature as a springboard to practice advanced analysis techniques and research writing.
Students new to our Master of Arts in Teaching English program, coordinated by Dr. Linda Camarasana, have begun their surveys of American and British Literature and those in their second year are preparing to teach writing and enter the English classroom as student teachers.