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According to Andrew Scahill Winter Chills Can Produce a Good Setting for Horror Films

Dec. 9, 2021

“Some genres are more elastic than others. A mystery is predicated on surprising its audience. A rom-com wants to fulfil every expectation and not violate the contract of genre. Horror forces itself to keep innovating,” said Andrew Scahill, Assistant Professor of English. The setting of winter for some new horror...

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Julie Vick on How to Develop Your Ability to Write with Humor

Oct. 28, 2021

Two humor writers walk into a bar. The first one says, “Ouch!” The second one says, “No, go with ‘Yikes!’ because hard sounds like K are funnier.” Julie Vick, Senior Instructor in the English Department, and Sarah Garfinkel are a lot funnier than that. Vick said, “One thing I’ve realized...

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Go Ahead and Give Yourself a Little Scare Says Andrew Scahill

Oct. 28, 2021

Watching frightening films can give you much more than a good scare, they can also help relieve stress and anxiety. “In the 30s, there was a lot of anxiety about what people consumed and whether it transformed them—especially children,” said Andrew Scahill, Assistant Professor in English and the author of...

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Andrew Scahill contributed to the Dorian Award winning documentary of the year

Jan. 22, 2020

Scream Queen! , a documentary English Assistant Professor Andrew Scahill is featured in as a film historian, has just won the Dorian Award (the LGBTQ Oscars) for Best Documentary . In advance of the film’s highly anticipated release, Scahill talked about the subject of the documentary, Nightmare on Elm Street...

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Teague Bohlen wrote last week’s Westword cover story

Jan. 22, 2020

Associate Professor of English Teague Bohlen is a regular contributor to “the independent voice of Denver since 1977,” but it’s not every week he gets the cover. R. Alan Brooks Plants Awareness of White Supremacy in Anguish Garden Westword , Jan. 15, 2020

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English department’s new podcast a literary palate cleanser

Sept. 25, 2019

The first episode of the English Department and recent MA Alum Nathalia Velez Ryan’s new podcast CultureKlatsch discusses Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and is now available on Soundcloud and Spotify . Associate Professor of English Teague Bohlen recommends you give it a try if you’ve had your fill of...

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John Tinnell argues for improvement of the scooter situation in Denver

Aug. 27, 2019

John Tinnell, Associate English Professor and Director of Digital Initiatives, has urged caution in allowing private companies to capitalize on public space. At a recent forum, he asked the city to publish more detailed information about each scooter company’s record. “We need to start pitting scooter companies against one another...

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Andrew Scahill on hyper-masculinity in horror

Aug. 13, 2019

According to Assistant Professor of English Andrew Scahill, who specializes in film studies, you’d be hard-pressed to think of one example of a male survivor in a horror film who isn’t hyper-masculine. He says, “It goes hand-in-hand with it being okay for a girl to be a tomboy, because of...

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John Tinnell on scooter use of public spaces

July 23, 2019

John Tinnell, Associate Professor of English and Director of Digital Initiatives, says the benefits of public rental e-scooters are obvious, but the drawbacks require a bit more investigation and big-picture thinking. Op-Ed: Are scooters a Trojan Horse for big tech to colonize our public spaces? LA Times , July 18

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Watch out for the return of the nature revenge horror film, says Andrew Scahill

July 23, 2019

Not long ago, environmentalism played a role in moving the horror film genre forward. It was the early 1970s, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring had become a New York Times bestseller, and Americans were reckoning with the way that pesticides were decimating plants and animals. “There was this idea that we’ve...

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