Faculty Exchange: DU Department of English and Literary Arts

Term-length faculty exchange with the Department of English & Literary Arts and UWA.

Pioneered by the Department of English and Literary Arts, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at DU will welcome new visiting professors next year as part of an international faculty exchange program between the department and corresponding programs around the world — the English Studies program at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa; the English department at Université de Lille in Lille, France; the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University in Lund, Sweden; and the Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth, Australia. The discussions and arrangements that will launch these exchanges are in different stages of progression.

Confirmed for next year is the exchange between the department and the Department of English and Cultural Studies at UWA. In February 2019, Dr. Tony Hughes-D’Aeth was at DU to firm up arrangements. He met with faculty members and gave a lecture entitled “The Settler Colonial Farm Novel: A Transnational Mode.“ The next month, March 2019, Professor Maik Nwosu visited UWA to meet with faculty members, the head of school, and Dean Matthew Tonts, executive dean, FABLE (Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education).

It is expected that, in March 2020, Dr. Catherine Noske will arrive from UWA, Perth to teach at DU during Spring 2020. Dr. Noske completed her PhD in creative writing at Monash University, looking at white Australian practices of writing landscape. Her research has been awarded the A.D. Hope Prize from the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. She has been a committee member for the Australian Short Story Festival, a judge of the Western Australia Premier’s Book Prize, and is a board member for writing WA and A Maze of Story. She has twice been awarded the Elyne Mitchell Prize for Rural Women Writers, and her novel was awarded a Varuna fellowship and shortlisted for the 2015 Dorothy Hewett Award. She lectures in creative writing and literature, and is editor of Westerly, a literary magazine published since 1956. Dr. Noske is interested in the possibility of “some publication cross-over” between Westerly and Denver Quarterly. While at DU, she is likely to teach a class on the theory and practice of creative writing. Later in 2020, Dr. Billy J. Stratton will travel to Perth to teach at UWA during the institution’s second semester, which typically runs from July to November. Dr. Stratton earned a PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona among the first 30 in the discipline worldwide. His first book, Buried in Shades of Night, was published in 2013 and garnered much positive critical attention, while his latest project, The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: A Critical Companion, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in November 2016. He is currently at work on a novel set in Appalachian coal country. Stratton has also served as a Fulbright Scholar in the American studies program at Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany. While at UWA, Dr. Stratton will possibly teach a class on Native American and aboriginal literature.

The discussion regarding the second international faculty exchange program, between DU and UKZN, is currently at an advanced stage and could yield an actual exchange in 2020 or 2021. Dr. Jean Rossman will then arrive from UKZN, Durban to teach at DU. Dr. Rossmann received her PhD in English in 2014 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg. Rossmann is “interested in themes of trauma/loss, African cosmologies, and the relationship between artistic creation, alterity and transformation.” Her teaching areas and interests include Theory (gender/psychoanalysis/postcolonial/film): bell hooks, Franz Fanon, Homi Bhabha, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Slavoj Žižek, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Laura Mulvey; Literature and Journalism: genre theory (literary realism/literary journalism); Modernisms: Modernist thinkers (Nietzsche, Freud, Baudelaire), poetry (Yeats, Eliot, Pound, H.D.), novels (Conrad, Woolf), drama (Jarry); Postmodernisms: Metafiction short stories (Ivan Vladislavic, Robert Coover), novel (Adair’s In Tangier We Killed the Blue Parrot); African Film and Literature: Ousmane Sembene’s Hyenas, Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi, Plaatje’s Mhudi, South African short stories. While at DU, Dr. Rossmann is likely to teach a class on Empire.

The proposed exchange program with the Centre for Languages & Literature at Sweden’s Lund University and the English department at France’s Université de Lille is still at an exploratory stage, but there is enough interest and goodwill to signal the possibility of a positive outcome.

The international faculty exchange program is a great opportunity for the department and DU in many respects. Not only will it broaden the horizon of students and faculty members in a department with a broad appreciation of the discipline of “English” and an institution with an increasingly bold(er) international outreach, it will bring new intellectual currents or energy to the department and DU through more varied courses and contexts.

Project Details

DU Departments

Department of English and Literary Arts

DU Project Contacts

Dr. Maik Nwosu

Partner Departments

UWA English & Literary Studies

Project Status

In development

Commencing Fall 2019

For questions or more information on this project, please contact Assistant Director for Strategic Partnerships (levi.lindsey@du.edu)

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