Welcome to Narratives, a blog for the English program at FHU. This semester we’ll use this forum to inform you of happenings in our classes, what’s coming up, what we’re reading, and where you might go with an English degree from Freed-Hardeman. We hope you’ll come along for the journey!
We’ve decided to title our blog Narratives because it suggests the primacy of stories in our lives. We all have stories to tell. We all have stories that we love to hear, that we love to read, that we love to return to. In some of our English Comp I classes this semester, our freshmen have been reading about and writing about stories in their lives. One of the readings I assigned to my students was Daniel Taylor’s essay “In Praise of Stories,” which addresses not only why we love stories but why we crave them: because they help us make sense of our lives. Stories, Taylor writes, “tell us we are not alone, and that what has happened to us has happened first to others and that they made it through. They also help us see, however, that our own story is not big enough, that the world is larger and more varied than our limited experience. They help us to be more fully human by stimulating and appealing to all that we are—mind, body, spirit.”
Mind, body, spirit. FHU’s purpose is to nurture all these aspects of our students’ lives, and we think you’ll find that English @ FHU has a key role in fulfilling that purpose. We’d love for you to join here as we celebrate and explore the role of English studies in Christian education at Freed-Hardeman.