Our work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and IREX.
Our faculty includes teachers and scholars from Canada, New Zealand, Italy and Croatia.
Creative Writing Program graduate faculty have published twenty books with presses including W.W. Norton, BOA Editions, Grove Atlantic, Dzanc Books, St. Martin's Press, Kelsay Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the university presses of Ohio State, Arkansas, Georgia, and Louisiana State. In the past decade, hundreds of their poems, short stories, essays, and articles have appeared in national and international magazines, journals, and newspapers. Their work has earned them the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Grub Street National Book Prize, the Utah Book Award, the GLCA New Writers Award, and fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The award-winning faculty of the Rhetoric and Composition division share a wide range of interests from Pre-Greco-Roman rhetoric to contemporary digital content creation. Our research practices are diverse, including historical, archival, qualitative and cross-cultural methods. Our projects are informed by our faculty’s extensive experience with university-level curricular initiatives, writing program administration and engagement with the public.
Our faculty research and teach in the history of the western rhetorical tradition. Their research projects reconsider existing issues, movements and figures from across established time periods from the origins of Ancient Greek Rhetoric to the present day while striving to recover lost voices and venues of rhetorical engagement and agency. Faculty publish reference materials, research guides, textbooks, articles and monographs occurring at the nexus of rhetorical histories, hybrid research methodologies and cultural events.
The Rhetoric and Composition faculty have a long history of researching and teaching composition histories, theories and pedagogies—in addition to investigating writing program administration practices and engaging in this work. Our faculty routinely administer first-year programs, direct writing centers and lead university writing initiations. Additionally, they are recipients of Scholarship of Teaching and Graduate Student Mentoring awards and grants, have participated on national writing studies research teams and disseminate their writing studies research in articles and monographs, chapters and national reports.
Our faculty have a deep commitment to understanding how rhetoric is enacted in professional spaces, paying close attention to variations in medium, genre, audience and writing context. Their teaching and research covers sonic literacy, digital media design, user experience research and variations in communicative practice in a range of social media. Faculty publish this research in academic, workplace and public venues and have worked in industry as writing consultants and trainers.
Our faculty’s public and civic research is twofold: (1) exploring issues related to public pedagogy, experiential learning and mobile composition to understand the best ways we can encourage student writers to engage with local public and civic issues and (2) analyzing the rhetorical agency of social movements, marches and rhetors to trace and recognize social justice activism. Our faculty have published a wide range of interdisciplinary journal articles, book chapters and monographs in these areas.
Faculty in the Literary Studies concentration in the Department of English have published more than fifty books with presses including Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan and the university presses of California, Mississippi, New York, Georgia, Michigan, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cambridge and Oxford. Faculty members have edited more than three-dozen scholarly editions, proceedings and textbooks. Since 2000, they have published over 250 articles in academic journals and more than 100 book reviews, chapters and encyclopedia entries. In the past decade, they’ve presented over 300 papers and talks, many as invited lectures and received more than 100 grants and honors, including awards from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Faculty working in American literature at Georgia State represent a wide range of research and teaching interests, including studies of early-American religions, Indigenous writers, American literary modernism, regionalism, post-modern literary experiments and much more. Our faculty draw on their expertise in specific literary genres, periods and movements to present exciting new work about how American writing illustrates and shapes the diverse elements of American history and culture.
Situated in the heart of the global capital of Black cultural production, our department has a core of scholars focused on African-American literature, history and culture, with plans to expand this area of expertise in the coming years.
The emphasis on U.S. literature that shaped Southern Studies in the late twentieth century has largely been supplanted by scholarship emphasizing a wider range of disciplinary and theoretical engagements. Our scholars working in Southern studies now routinely engage with Global South traditions, circum-Caribbean literatures and cultures, border studies, postcolonial theory, Indigenous literatures and cultures and studies of urban Southern landscapes, among other interests.
The Department of English has accomplished scholars in Medieval studies, seventeenth-century literary history and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writing.
The centrality of decolonial critique in contemporary thought has long been reflected in turns to literature from outside Western metropoles. Our scholars routinely draw on conceptual frameworks anchored in postcolonial thought: transnationalism, trans-Atlanticism, Indigenous studies, trauma theory, diaspora studies, border studies and so on. Concurrently, scholars have amplified the importance of writing in English from non-Western cultures, as well as writing in translation that reflects features of the postcolonial turn. These fields attract ambitious graduate students, feature prominently in academic conferences anchored to various periods and traditions and will continue to shape our profession in the coming decades.
The status of critical theory as a disciplinary nexus in literary studies has evolved substantially in the past two decades. The focus on continental philosophy and sweeping interpretive frameworks that prevailed in the 1990s, for instance, now includes increasing emphasis on queer-theoretical modalities, shifts in feminist thought, affect theory, trauma theory and so on. Our department has several faculty trained in adjacent fields whose expertise in critical theory informs both research and pedagogy.
We publish in PMLA, The New Yorker, Oxford UP, Cambridge UP, Bloomsbury, Palgrave Macmillan, LSU Press, Grove, University of Georgia Press, The Kenyon Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education and College Composition and Communication. You can also catch us on BBC, CNN, NPR and in many other local, national and international media venues.
Our department publishes two journals, Five Points and Studies in the Literary Imagination. We also sponsor The Digital Archives of Literacy Narratives and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.
Since the publication of its inaugural issue in 1996, Five Points has become one of this country’s best literary magazines. Published three times a year by the Georgia State Department of English, each issue features poetry, fiction, essays and interviews with the most compelling writers working today.
Five Points is named after an area of downtown Atlanta where cattle paths once converged at the site of an artesian well. As editors, the name offers us a metaphor for our goal of presenting a convergence of ideas and genres, photographs and text, north and south, east and west, young and old. The late poet Philip Levine called Five Points “A refreshing combination of the old and the new.”
Studies in the Literary Imagination is a biannual scholarly journal focusing on special topics in literature and enjoys a worldwide audience with contributing editors and authors considered the leaders in their fields.
SLI is unique among scholarly journals in that it relies on an editorial committee to review proposals from potential guest editors, who then invite scholars to contribute articles exploring different aspects of a particular theme. One of the favorable distinctions resulting from this practice is that each issue is topic driven; in this sense, SLI serves more as a monograph series than as a typical journal.