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 2016

K. Paige Ambroziak
“What I’m Reading: ‘The Pocket Instructor: Literature’” in The Chronicle of Higher Education (May)

Emily Bloom
The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968, Oxford University Press (forthcoming, December)

Chris Campanioni
Death of Art,, C & R Press
“Who the Hell Are You” in At Large, volume 6
"In a place where everybody" in Notre Dame Review, issue 42
"I Do" in Tahoma Literary Review, volume 3
“Hot Tips For Healthy Living” in Entropy (August)
“Opening Shot” and “Send Help” in Public Pool
“I arrive as I always do” in Reality Beach, issue 3
“Privileged, Witness” in Ambit, issue 225
“Buffering” in London Journal of Fiction, volume 2
“In the name of the father, & the son” in The Brooklyn Rail (September)
Poet of the month interview in The Connotation Press (September)
“This body’s long & I’m still loading” a multimedia project with Ab [Screenwear]

Miciah Hussey
“Eyeing the Beholder: Henry James's Immaterial Portrait of a Lady”
in The Henry James Review, volume 37, number 2

Patricia Kim
“What Must be Undone” in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, issue 28, number 4

Carina D. Pasquesi
“The Perils and Pleasures of Drinking in Herman Melville and Will Self” in Queer Difficulties in Art and Poetry: Rethinking the Sexed Body in Verse and Visual Culture, Routledge (forthcoming, 2017)

Grace Schulman
Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry, Poetry Society of America; Frost Medal Lecture: “A Poet’s Dawn”
“Image Worship” in The Plume Poetry Anthology, 4th ed, Madhat Press
"Image Worship" in Still Life with Poem, Literary House Press
“Happiness” and “Orchid” in The Yale Review, volume 104, number 2
“Sleep No More,” “A Love Supreme,” “Greenwich Village Street Talk,” “Erratic,” “The Jetty” in The Southampton Review, volume 10, number 2
"Orchid" featured on Poetry Daily (May)

Sheila Spector
“The Evolution of Blake’s Myth: Urizen’s Multiple Identities” in Translating Myth, Modern Humanities Research Association and Routledge
“Frye’s Mistreatment of the Archetype” in Blake, An Illustrated Quarterly, volume 50, number 2

Michael Staub
“Controlling Ourselves: Emotional Intelligence, the Marshmallow Test, and the Inheritance of Race” in American Studies, volume 55, issue 1