First-Year Writing and Great Works of Literature form an essential core of the general education experience at Baruch College. Since Aristotle, education in the Western tradition has centered on rhetoric (the study and practice of communicating effectively) and poetics (the study of dramatic, poetic, and literary works). Building on this rich tradition, courses in first-year writing and Great Works of Literature focus on developing writing and reading practices that are vital in twenty-first century globalized environments.

Featured Faculty & Students

  • Professor Christina Christoforatou

    Professor Christina Christoforatou first came to CUNY as an undergraduate. Though she admits that, at first, she thought that Brooklyn College would be a stepping stone on her way to another four-year institution it proved such a good fit that she finished her BA and went on to pursue her MA there. Then she moved on the Graduate Center to complete her PhD. While at the GC she was exposed to Writing Across the Curriculum pedagogy as a WAC Fellow, and so she knew she ultimately wanted to teach writing and literature. What drew her to Baruch was the Great […]

  • Photo of Jeremy Brown Jeremy Brown

    “Especially now, it’s the ideas that will win, not the people we have associated with those ideas and ideals—and I look forward to using Refract as a space for that…getting to the core of an issue” said Jeremy Brown under the post-election pall and gray sky that hung over the Vertical Campus. As Editor in Chief of Refract, the student-run “digital, non-fiction literary publication, focusing on contemporary issues within the arts, sciences, politics, culture, and literature” supported by the English department, Jeremy plays an important role in creating that space. He first got involved with Refract in spring 2015, when […]

  • Photograph of Brian Boggio Brian Boggio

    The signs were there, but Brian Boggio didn’t yet see them. As a student at the Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences he considered himself generally interested in the humanities, and a quirk of scheduling brought him to the drama department where he became an active participant in courses and productions. In retrospect Brian’s role in the school production of the irreverent comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) seems to foreshadow his Baruch honors thesis on rethinking genre in the Shakespearean canon, but he didn’t come to college expecting to be an English major. Once at […]

  • Jeanne Stauffer-Merle

    “I just teach what I love,” says Adjunct Lecturer Jeanne-Stauffer Merle of the challenges of teaching the great works of literature from ancient times to the present. When pressed, however, this long time veteran of the Critical Writing and Great Works programs concedes that her choices are responding to some new directions in her approach to the ENG 2800 and 2850 courses. First, there is her embrace of teaching in the hybrid format. Though she has never identified as a technophile and was admittedly skeptical about hybrid courses when the idea was introduced to her, she has found the experience of […]

  • Prof. Chris Campanioni

    “The future is trash,” says Chris Campanioni. “Recycling it, re-arranging it. Making it beautiful again.” These words come from Campanioni’s newest book and first work of non-fiction, Death of Art, which has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Death of Art takes for its subject intimacy and the representations of our bodies in digital spaces—representations that transcend the physical, even death—though they simultaneously bind us to our technological tools. This project is the newest in a long and varied list for Campanioni, who has written novels, poetry and articles, worked in fashion, edits PANK, currently co-runs the YouNiversity (a non-profit […]

News & Events

Recent Faculty Publications and Honors

Fall 2018

Susan Naomi Bernstein

“Destiny and the Socks” in Pulse (Sept. 2018)

Presenting at MLA in Chicago in January 2019 in the session “Transacting Comparative Studies with Other Disciplines and Units”

Giving a workshop on trauma and a panel on Basic Writing at the College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC) in Pittsburgh Spring 2019

Frank Cioffi

Second, Revised Edition of the The Imaginative Argument: A Practical Manifesto for Writers, Princeton University Press (2017)

Gray Campbell

“Jonah and The Witch” in Notes & Queries (June 2018)

Safia Jama

New poems in Cagibi and Under a Warm Green Linden

Prof. Jama’s life and poetry will be featured in a segment for CUNY TV’s “Shades of U.S.” series, which features creative people with multiracial backgrounds. Stay tuned: the show will to air on channel 75 and online later this fall!

Beth Mannion

Prof. Mannion’s second collection on Irish crime fiction, Guilt Rules All: Mysteries, Detectives, and Crime in Irish Fiction (co-edited with Brian Cliff), is under contract with Syracuse University Press. Her first novel (under the pen name Sarah-Jane McKenna) will soon hit the shelves.

Caitlin McDonnell

Coming December ’18: essay is in the anthology Fierce Women from Nauset Press

Carina Pasquesi

“How Do You Solve a Problem Like Cassy?, or, New World Slavery’s Queer Object,” forthcoming in the essay collection Queer Objects, Rutgers University Press, 2019

Brooke Schreiber

“Epilogue: A perspective on transnational writing instruction from a New York City subway train,” in Transnational Writing Instruction: Theory and Practice, ed. X. You, Routledge Press, 2018

Ian Ross Singleton

Black Holes and Blue Windows: Truth and Fiction in Aetherial Worlds (book review) in Fiction Writers Review (May 2018)

Evan Gill Smith

“Beggar’s Bowl” in Washington Square Review
Three poems in Conjunctions
and Two Poems forthcoming in Epiphany!
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