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Academics > Majors & Minors > English Literature

Experiences & Opportunities


Monica Berlin

Professor & Chair of English

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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4 Ways to Experience Your Education

1. Publish.

You can publish your own literary criticism and creative work or even serve as an editor for one of our many student-run publications.

  • Catch: a nationally award-winning student creative arts magazine.
  • The Common Room: an online student journal of literary criticism.
  • Quiver: Knox College's student run genre magazine.
  • The Knox Student: an award-winning student newspaper published weekly.
  • Cellar Door: a publication that highlights not only the work of students, but of faculty and well known writers from the literary world.

2. Conduct research and present your findings.

Many of our majors—and minors—pursue College Honors or other research and creative projects. Some even present or perform their work at national and international conferences, like Caleb Fridell ‘16, who presented his research on the William Carlos Williams poem Paterson at the English Literature and Language Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of St. Francis.

Here are a few examples of recent research projects:

  • "Becoming in that Enchanted Place: Childhood and Nostalgia in the Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh," Stefán Torralba '17.
  • "Cinema and Existentialism: The Narrative Pleasures of Phenomenology and Film," Mary DiPrete '14.
  • "‘Gingerbread Antiquity:' The Fairy Tale in The Turn of the Screw," Amanda Axley '14.

And some recent Honors projects:

  • "The Makings of a Man: Exploring Masculinity in Shakespeare's Second Historical Tetralogy" Rebecca Hixon '16.
  • "A Fiendish-Angelic Nature: The Victorian Heroine and the Development of Realism" Livia Mexias '16.
  • "The Double-Bonds of Black Womanhood: Exploring Female Figures in the Harlem Renaissance Texts" Camille Brown ‘15.

3. Study abroad.

There are many ways to explore literature cross culturally as a Knox student. You can intern in London with the Foundation for International Education program, or participate in the London and Florence: Arts in Context program and learn about the development of the humanities in both of these historical cities. Knox offers more than 60 study abroad and off-campus programs.

4. Explore life after Knox through an internship.

There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships. Here are a few of our students' recent internships (found with the assistance from the Bastian Family Career Center) :

  • Galesburg Register Mail, Galesburg, Illinois. Camille Brown ‘15.
  • Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio. Laura Pochodylo ‘14.
  • Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, Washington. Christopher Poore ‘14.

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