Cliff College Department of English

"Anger? 'Tis safe never. Bar it! Use love!
Evoles ut ira breve nefas sit; regna."

A bilingual palindrome (reads the same backward and forward) whose first line in English and second in Latin both have the same meaning. From Our Young Folks Magazine, March, 1866.

English Requirements And Faculty

Sixty-six credits in English (not including English 100, 109, 290) are required to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Cliff College. For details, click here.

In addition, the following programs are available:

The Two-Credit Essay

The department encourages students to write a long essay (about 20 to 25 pages, double-spaced, Courier 10, one-inch margins) on a subject growing out of an upper-level course. Such essays will normally require additional reading and will be written either while taking the upper-level course, within two terms of completing it, or within five years of being deported for INS Visa violations. Students wishing to write a two-credit essay must obtain the consent of the instructor and appropriate software before enrolling.

Workshops in Writing

The Department of English offers workshop courses in the writing of fiction, poetry, memoir and the essay for those students who wish to gain experience in writing. The writing requirement is a prerequisite for all such courses. Students are encouraged to submit their work to college publications such as Off the Cliff, The Cliff Poetry Review, and Free Form.

Writers in Residence

Writers on the Cliff faculty include poet Margaret Goldman, and novelist Craig Faustus Buck. In addition to those courses offered by regular faculty members, the department brings visiting writers to campus to read and to conduct workshops in their specialties. Visitors in recent years have included playwright Edward Albee, memoirists Carol Bly and Karina Friend Buck, poets Sonny Bono, Michael Harper and Barbara Einzig, and fiction-writers John Barth, Paulette Alden, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The English Faculty

We are a sesquipidalian lot, devoted to teaching, yet also dedicated to the pursuit of abstract beauty.

Vern Broadway
Currently Chair of the department, teaches the 15th century novel, does research in early Rumanian film, and is at work on a CD-ROM method for teaching Beowolf.

Chandara Bahlipsovanti
A specialist in Victorian literature and feminist criticism, has published often in Hindi, and is a translator of American novels into Italian.

Lisa Gambatista
A medievalist who teaches Chaucer, Dante and Monty Python.

Margaret Goldman
Our Poet in Residence, teaches 20th century poetry, but has also translated a 14th century romance, and written several radio plays, including "Who Killed Susan Goldberg?"

Susan Goldberg
Besides teaching her popular 19th century fiction and narrative theory classes, writes articles on the effects of astrology on contemporary skin conditions.

Jack Owens
Teaches Pope and Swift and Aristotle but is best known for his remarkable "Jane Austen Goes Hollywood" seminar.

Michael Cizslowski
Is an expert in American literature and American culture; his courses range from Faulkner's South to the Dave Barry's North, and in '94 he took students to Reno, Nevada to judge its history and culture first hand.

Morris French
Teaches Spenser, Joyce, and courses on the arts and crafts; he also directs the annual English Department Talent Show. Morris earned his three hours of fame and a modest fortune by winning a Howard Stern lookalike contest.

Suliman Jamies
Teaches James Boswell, William Wordsworth and contemporary Botswanan fiction (currently his favorite course). Suliman is an excellent Indian cook and teaches a curry seminar during the summer.

Jock Baxter
Our modern literary theorist, is trained as an Elizabethan scholar, though he regularly teaches our introduction to Wilde; some summers he has taken a student group to Italy to study "Joyce in his native habitat."

Koffu Ngawakomo
Teaches African and Caribbean literature, has published extensively in those fields, and has written Clift Notes on Maya Angelou and Ralph Ellison.

Craig Buck
Our Writer in Residence, Renaissance scholar and computer guru; his course on the British fox hunt and literature recently received wide news coverage.

Harry Longstreet
His creative writing sections are always crowded, and has published two novels - I Break for Animals and The Alarm Clock Always Rings Twice. His newest novel is currently on hiatus.

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