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Matthew Lessig
Old Main, Room 112
Phone: 607-753-4307/4308
Fax: 607-753-5978

New Faculty Profile:
John Leffel

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John C. Leffel recently completed his PhD in the English Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His current book project explores the rhetoric of "speculation" in late eighteenth-century literature and culture.

His research and teaching interests include transnationalism, colonialism, and migration during the long eighteenth century; Jane Austen and women writers; Georgian theatre; material culture; and Romanticism.

Current essay projects include a reconsideration of the topic "Jane Austen and Empire" that shifts focus from the West- to the East-Indies, and an exploration of the figure of the "female phaeton" in Georgian popular culture.

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As one of the largest departments on campus, English provides students many options for literary and cultural study while preserving small class sizes.
Our award-winning faculty offer a variety of courses in literature, professional writing, and adolescence education, covering topics such as Shakespeare, world literature, rhetoric, new media, and 21st century literacies.
 Students actively participate in the process of reading and writing and study how words work: how they can be shaped into literary art, organized into a lesson plan, or developed into distinct genres, from poetry to a resume; how we use them to fashion our understanding of ourselves and our place in local, national, and global communities.
Upon graduation, a SUNY Cortland English major is not only in demand by creative and professional institutions, but also well prepared for graduate school, law school, and careers in teaching, journalism, new media, communications and business.


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Where students at Cortland who love teaching English come together!





    written works, ideas and opinions. The club will also help students build relations with            
    teachers, professionals and the community. Membership is not limited to English/          
    Writing majors. Students across all disciplines are encouraged to join the club as an                                  
    outlet for expressing themselves, while meeting new people, promoting literacy and              

    engaging in educational activities.

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