Category Archives: Film and New Media

What is Digital Publishing?

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Join us Monday afternoon in 423 Western for an introduction to Digital Publishing and the new minor. Ask questions, get answers!


NEW: Digital Publishing Minor


Rationale for the program:

Publishing is now mostly prepared digitally even when the outcome is a printed book, magazine or newspaper. Beyond the traditional publishing world, many businesses and organizations now handle their own publishing needs in-house, presenting their work to the world via an integrated platform that includes websites, blogging and multiform social media support. Students will learn the basic skills of digital publishing to pursue work writing and editing for a variety of content providers and marketing outlets.

Required courses (14-15 credits):

ENG 115 Intro to New Media


ENG 116 Professional Writing


ENG 253 Intro to Digital Publishing


ART 110 Two-Dimensional Concepts


CSC 112 Fundamentals of Comp Science


CSC 202 Intro to Programming


Choose one course from the following:

ENG 206 Creative Writing


ENG 251 Nonfiction Writing


ENG 252 Writing for Digital Media


Choose one course from the following:

The 300-level course should be taken after completing ENG 206, ENG 251, or ENG 252.

ENG 311 Wrtg Creative Non-Fiction


ENG 312 Writing Poetry


ENG 313 Writing Fiction


ENG 314 Script Writing


ENG 315 Professional Writing & Editing


ENG 317 The Art of the Essay


ENG 381 Periodical Studies


ENG 253: Intro to Digital Publishing

This course will introduce the processes of digital publishing with an emphasis on practical skill building. Students will survey the history of the book as a technology for information, examine the typical requirements for copy editing at a professional level, then work through the basic steps of producing a simple ebook including attention to design and layout. Prerequisite: ENG 105 or equivalent. (L05)

Calling One and All: Fall Submission Opportunities

Before the semester gets too hectic, check out these opportunities to submit your literary research papers for consideration at conferences, journals, and other exciting forums!


The ACLA Seminar “Things Theory: Accumulation and Amassment” will be held at New York University, March 20-23, 2014. “Thing Theory” considers the current fascination with hoarding and the intervention this phenomenon may have in a literary and cultural context. Papers may focus on “figures defined by their attachment to things” (fetishists, collectors, etc.). For more information visit:


The Cultural Studies Journal is looking for papers that explore the relationship between technological changes, cultural shifts, and structures of economic and political power. The deadline to submit an abstract is December 1, 2013. For more information:

The Cine-Files is accepting papers for their Spring 2014 issue. The topics of interest are: film performance and how it relates to genre, cinephilia, and paradigm shifts in the digital age. The submission deadline for a paper is February 1, 2014. If you would like to send an abstract for approval, the deadline is December 1, 2013. For more information:


“Exploring Gender Identities in the Literature of the Indian Diaspora”. The editors of this anthology are interested in literary research papers that focus on “the tensions created by changing sexual roles and expectations” for members of the Indian diaspora. The deadline for submitting an abstract is November 15, 2013. Articles are due by January 30, 2014. For more information:


“New Horizons for Contemporary Writing”. The editors of this series of research monographs are looking for proposals that implement alternative critical models, which represent the paradigm shift of “redefinition”. Applicable topics include: Eco-criticism; World Literature; Legacies of Theory; Post-feminism; Human, animal, machine; The return of the real; History, memory, and temporality; Science and the humanities; Contemporary literature after postmodernism and/or postcolonialism; Contemporary formations of the body; Translation in a transcultural context; Fictions of democracy; The future of the novel; Visuality and narrative; Newness in a global age; Post-ethnicity; Voice, ventriloquism, and mutism. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2014. For more information:

 Keep checking the English blog for regular updates. In addition, all of the MANY opportunities to submit your work can be found at:

2013 English Symposium

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The 2013 English Department Symposium was held last April 4, featuring scholarly and creative works of undergraduate, English majors and non-majors alike.

The day commenced with students presenting on projects from Film and New Media Studies. Presenters include Rob Stoddard, who discussed “Sexual Desire as Plot and Narrative in Franco Zeffirelli’s Hamlet“; Alexandra Korcz read from “We’re the Man: The Gaze in She’s the Man“; Kayla Furnia discussed her article “Nonlinearity and Pulp Fiction”; Rachel Bolton presented “Reflection and Looking in Gregory Doran’s Hamlet”; and Justin Davis read from his “Kozintsev’s Defiance of an Authoritarian State and Promotion of Communal Existence.”

The English Department welcomed Melissa Grundmann, Robert Konteh, Brien Schweizer, Jessica Lamoureaux, Chris Suprenant, Barbara Hoenzsch, Mike Atkinson, Sarah Shaw, Abby Foster, Jessica Furiani, Kayla Furnia, Amie Walter, Nicholas Hulse, Julia Wickersheim, Edmund Gillen, Kevin Noonan, Kait Rooney and Megan O’Connor to speak at the Symposium about their individual papers on a range of topics: everything from power and resistance to the status quo, motherhood, the functions of language and form, imagery, gender norms, name as a commodity, New Historicism, and visual/aesthetic theory.

The Symposium also featured an array of creative writers; writers and their works included Amanda Rozsavolgi’s “The Bakkre”; Alex Sherman-Cross’s -“Cross”; Kevin Noonan’s essay “On Yoga”; John Slagg’s memoir piece, “On Driving”; Alex Korcz essays, “On Betty Crocker and Being a Girl”; Stephanie Clowe’s essay “On the Verge of Vegan”; Abbey Barker’s “Manhattan & My Cousin”; Andrew Gilchrist: “Essay #2” on comics; and Daniella Watson’s performance poems, “Freedom Song” and “Untitled.”

Spring 2012 Dish: Student and Faculty News

Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society 2012 Undergraduate and Graduate Inductees

Undergraduate students Kimberly Daigle, Jonathan Dorn, Jenna Herbert, Rebecca Hosie, Alexandra Korcz, Jennifer Marsteller, Adrianne Purtell, Sarah Shaw, and Christopher Surprenant were inducted into the Sigma Delta Tau English Honor Society at a ceremony on April 22, 2012. English and English-Adolescence Education majors who have completed 18 credits of English courses at Saint Rose and have a GPA of 3.5 or above are invited to join the Honor Society. Graduate students Melissa Archambeault, Emily LaPointe, and Mary Catherine Owen were also inducted into the Honor Society on the 22nd. Graduate inductees must have a GPA of or above 3.75 to be invited to join this English Honor Society in their final semester of study.

Congratulations on all your hard work, 2012 inductees!

Graduate Student News:

Graduate student Mary Catherine Owen (left) has had her nonfiction piece, “I was (Almost) a Twentysomething Jeopardy! Contestant” published on Splinter Generation, an online literary compilation. Regarding her status as a published author Owen remarked, “I was published in an online magazine called Defenestration in my sophomore year of undergraduate study at Saint Rose (and in Strose Prose after my freshman year), but this feels more like a real publication–particularly because my writing has improved so much in the past four years.” Read Mary Catherine’s piece!

Faculty Dish:

Dr. Alyssa Colton’s article, “Jumping Ship: Navigating the Waters of Alternative Career Options,” appeared in the AWP Job List in January 2012.

Dr. Megan Fulwiler’s and Dr. Kim Middleton’s co-authored article, “After Digital Storytelling: Video Composing in the New Media Age,” is in the March edition of Computers and Composition. They also recently presented their paper, “From Center to Network: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century,” at the NITLE Symposium (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education).    

Dr. Kim Middleton’s article“Remix Video and the Crisis of the Humanities” appears in the latest issue of Transformative Works and Cultures.

On April 14, Professor Marcie Newton presented her paper at the “Craving Happiness, Containing Anxiety” interdisciplinary graduate conference at Brown University. Her paper is titled “‘I Love You; I ‘ate You’: Oral Aggression and the Consumed Subject in Antonia White’s Autobiographical Novels.”    

Dr. Holis Seamon’s short story, “The Trojan Cat,” appears in the Spring 2012 online issue of Persimmon Tree Magazine. Dr. Seamon’s newest book, a collection of short stories titled Corporeality, will be published by Able Muse Press in spring 2013.    

Dr. Brian Sweeney has been awarded aCREST Residential Fellowship for 2012-13. Dr. Sweeney said about his upcoming work, “The award will support my ongoing research into literary depictions of servants and professionals in 19th-century U.S. texts. The title of my CREST project is “Hazards and Joys of Importing Servants: Race, Atlantic Migration, and Free Servitude in Antebellum Fiction” and concerns the so-called “servant problem,” the middle-class belief that republican ideals of social equality had made the “faithful servant” (as well as the respectable domesticity which was imagined to depend on the loyalty of servants) an impossibility in the United States.”

See also the previous blog post for information on undergraduate student Paige Maguire’s recent publication!

Alumni Stories: Mallory Harlen

Mallory Harlen (BA 2005) went on to receive her Master’s degree in Information Studies (M.S.I.S.) from SUNY in 2010, and is now a librarian.

For Mallory, the elusive glass slipper after graduation was writing and reading: “I knew that I needed to do something that would allow me to read and write to my heart’s content.” With her English degree and her Masters in School Library/Children’s Services in tow, Mallory gained a position as the Teen Services Librarian at the Ossining Public Library. Mallory is quick to dispel any assumptions that her job as a librarian is just carting around dusty books.

“I know what the public librarian stereotypes are,” she says, “and I’m here to refute them: I never shush, I hardly ever wear my hair in a bun and… well, the cardigan stereotype is on point. But for the most part, public librarianship is much different from what most people might realize.” Continue reading

Albacon Oct 8-10, 2010

I know what you’re thinking: “sci-fi convention” means a bunch of people in Spock ears and Star Wars outfits. But Albacon is different: a weekend gathering  of fans and creators of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Comics & Manga, Anime, Films and Television. We’ve got it all covered, from True Blood to Twilight, from Avatar to Fringe, from Paranoia Agent to Mononoke Hime — and all your favourite authors and artists.

Join us for three days of panel discussions, interviews, films, games, readings, autographs, an art show, special events, a fabulous dealers room, debates, conversation, and socializing with people who share your interests. Writers read from their works and sign books through out the day.

All day Friday, there’s a writers workshop with pros sharing advice on the nuts and bolts of the writing process itself, but also how to pitch your ideas to an agent or publisher and how to promote your work once it’s out there. Learn about the process by which your manuscript becomes a book — and all the surprising twists and turns in that process. Join the conversations about the ebook revolution and the impact of social media for readers and writers.

Check out the website for a complete list of participants: Guests of honor include Coyote author, Allen Steele and artist Ron Miller. Visit the programming wiki to see all the events scheduled, including film screenings, the Fantasy Ball and craft workshops as well as the usual discussion panels.

Don’t forget: while admission for the whole weekend is normally $65, there is a special 50% student rate with your ID.