Fall 2014 Bywords

Students Learn about the Free State’s Literary History

ENGL 390, Science Writing, Plants Spring Bulbs at Tawes

November 21, 2014
Joshua Weiner was invited by the Academy of American Poets and the U.S. National Archives to write a poem in response to an object in the their online archive. Keep reading to learn more.
November 21, 2014
Nabila Hijazi, and Douglass Kern will present at the 2014 NCTE Annual Convention about Digital and Media Literacies this weekend.
November 20, 2014
Lecturer Caleb Kriesberg's essay, "What if Parson Weems is My Hero? Engaging American History Students in a Multicultural Classroom" was printed as part of the proceedings of a conference he attended last March, sponsored by the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. The conference was titled: "The Image of the Hero in Literature, Media, and Society," at which Caleb presented and lead discussions on his paper. Caleb learned about the conference from a flyer posted in Tawes Hall.
November 20, 2014
Lyra Hilliard and three undergraduate Teaching Assistants, Emily McDermott, Robbie Tully, and Sayema Tareq, will present at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) on Friday. Keep reading to learn more.
November 20, 2014
Mark Fitzgerald's poems, “Big-Rig through Stolen Night," “Millennium Retribution in Key West," and “Before and After” will appear in Scratching Against the Fabric, an anthology of poems from the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival. Mark has been selected to read and discuss some of his new work at Bridgewater College in January.
November 20, 2014
Rebecca J. Ritzel (PWP) attended the American Theatre Critics Association's New York meeting in early November and gave a presentation on the intersection of theater and social media during a session called, "Are You Trending?" Other events at the conference included a panel of prominent playwrights (Doug Wright, David Henry Hwang and Arthur Kopit) and a session on Broadway touring featuring several producers. Rebecca teaches Writing for the Arts and is The Washington Post's theater columnist.
November 19, 2014
Brian Richardson will give two invited talks on narrative theory in December at the University of Antwerp and the University of Leuven in Belgium. His paper on the ethics of reading was published in the last issue of Style; an article on the future of narrative theory appears in the inaugural issue of Frontiers of Narrative Studies (China); “The Use and Abuse of Reading in Lolita” is scheduled for the next issue of Nabokov Studies; and “Conrad in South America” is being published in Joseph Conrad Today.
November 18, 2014
On November 6, Cameron presented a paper called "More than a Feeling: Emotion in Cognitive Rhetoric," co-written with Professor Michael Israel, at the 12th Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language Conference, in Santa Barbara, California. The paper, which is theoretically anchored in the idea of emotional enthymeme from Aristotelian rhetorical theory and the idea of frame metonymy from frame semantics and conceptual integration theory, called for more attention to the ways emotional appeals work in persuasive discourse. Cameron and Michael looked at animal rights activist fundraising mail and bumper stickers to show that strong emotions tend to arise where salient metonymic cues within a text prompt inferences that complete emotion-laden frames. Through their analysis, they highlight of the close-knit relationship between inferential reasoning and emotion arousal.
November 18, 2014
David Wyatt recently spoke about this new book, When America Turned: Reckoning with 1968, at the University of Scranton and at the Kelly Writer's House at the University of Pennsylvania.
November 18, 2014
Great news! The department of English has received Bronze Certification in our efforts to become a Green Office. The Main English Office, represented by Isabella Moulton, the Writing Center, represented by Louise Clement, and The Professional Writing Program, represented by Grace Crussiah, have all received certification.
November 18, 2014
Elizabeth Arnold's poem, "Going" has been nominated for a Pushcart prize.
November 18, 2014
Despite the gloomy and windy weather on Saturday, November 1st, lecturer Marybeth Shea and her Science Writing class teamed up with University Horticulturist Sam Bahr to plant spring flowering bulbs around Tawes Hall.
November 18, 2014
Jeremy Metz (Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature) has contributed the entry on Haitian author and winner of the 2014 French Prix Fémina, Yanick Lahens, to the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, edited-in-chief by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2015.
November 18, 2014
Lecturer Jonathan Rick delivered a guest lecture on the art and science of headline writing at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies. He also addressed the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the subject of social media.
November 18, 2014
Marilee Lindemann will sit on the panel "Gendering the Public Intellectual" on Saturday, January 10th at noon. From the MLA website, "Panelists discuss how discourse in the public sphere is gendered, both in terms of overall representation and in the assumptions and expectations inherent in its framing, and consider interaction with different publics inside and outside institutions, professional self-representation, news and feature journalism, op-ed writing, radio and TV appearances, book reviewing, and social media."
November 18, 2014
Martha Nell Smith will speak on "Queer Archives" at the MLA conference on Thursday, January 8, at noon.
November 18, 2014
Continue on to learn about Martha Nell Smith's four invited lectures, among other news.
November 18, 2014
Jeffrey Griswold's article entitled “Allegorical Consent: The Faerie Queene and the Politics of Erotic Subjection," will appear in the 2014 Spenser Studies.
November 18, 2014
Stephen Rojcewicz's paper, Latin Poetics in John Donne: “I Finde Myself Scattered,” has been accepted for the Annual Conference of the Classical Association of the United Kingdom, April 10-13, 2015, at the University of Bristol, U.K. Continue reading for Stephen's recent publications.
November 18, 2014
Scott Wible and Jessica Enoch delivered the keynote addresses at the University of Denver’s Writing the Range Conference on November 14. Keep reading to learn more.
November 18, 2014
A team consisting of Scott Wible, Justin Lohr, and Heather Lindenman won a Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative grant to support ENGL292/388C, Writing for Change.
November 18, 2014
Continue on to read the latest from the Professional Writing Program!
November 14, 2014
Aaron's translation from Dante's Paradiso, "Beatific Vision," has been published in jmmw. His poem "A Young Man Flees" and essay "Pitched Past Pitch of Grief: The Poetry and Life of Gerard Manley Hopkins" were published in Humane Pursuits. Aaron's poem "This is Only" was publshed in Dappled Things. Aaron also gave a reading at "The Imagination, Participation, and Co-Creation" literature conference at Patrick Henry College.
November 13, 2014
The Hanford Prize for a distinguished essay is awarded, posthumously, to the late Marshall Grossman for “Poetry and Belief in Paradise Regained, to which is added Samson Agonistes.” The article was published in Studies in Philology, volume 110, and is based on a talk given at Bar Ilan University in Israel. Its final form for publication was prepared from the awardee’s papers by Gerard Passannante. Treating the two late poems as parts of single project, this essay demonstrates how Milton’s poetry contributed to debates about the nature and purposes of both reason and revelation.
November 12, 2014
MFA Program Coordinator Lindsay Bernal's poem "An Early Nude by Rothko" appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Blackbird (Vol. 13. No. 2). Her poems "Window" and "Sunset Redux" appear in the first issue of Oversound, co-founded and co-edited by MFA Program alum Liz Countryman.
November 11, 2014
The English Department is proud to announce that English major Lenaya Stewart has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Arts and Humanities Dean’s Senior Scholar Award for academic excellence in undergraduate studies, dedication to lifelong learning, exemplary leadership and commitment to community involvement.
November 7, 2014
Jane Donawerth (Professor of English), Karen Nelson (Associate Director of the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies), and Adele Seeff (retired Director of the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies) received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their scholarship and service for the study of early modern women.
November 7, 2014
Heather Lindenman recently had an article accepted for publication titled "Inventing Metagenres: How Four College Seniors Connect Writing Across Domains." It will be coming out in the journal Composition Forum for their special issue on Rhetorical Genre Studies (early 2015).
November 7, 2014
Laura Rosenthal’s book, Infamous Commerce: Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture (Cornell, 2006) will be published in a new paperback edition by the end of 2014. Infamous Commerce will also soon be available as an ebook. Keep reading to learn more.
November 6, 2014
Shane Finkelstein, B.A. 1992, is currently working on his second novel, The Miser, which was named a finalist in the Novel-in-Progress category by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society.
November 6, 2014
Bob Levine's essay "Melville and Americanness: A Problem," was just published in LEVIATHAN: A JOURNAL OF MELVILLE STUDIES. In October, Bob codirected a symposium at Texas A&M on “After Hemispheric American Studies: Transnationalism and Nineteenth-Century American Literature”; and gave the keynote lecture at a conference on Frederick Douglass and "The Heroic Slave" at the Frederick Douglass Papers in Indianapolis. In September, he gave a talk on Douglass, Lincoln, and Colonization at the Ransom Center at the University of Texas.
November 5, 2014
An interview with Elizabeth Arnold, currently on two-month fellowship at MacDowell Colony, appeared in the fall issue of American Literary Review alongside a new poem. Continue on for a link to the interview and poem.
November 5, 2014
Matthew Kirschenbaum's State of the Field essay (co-authored with Sarah Werner) on "Digital Scholarship and Digital Studies" is out in the annual journal Book History. His essay "Operating Systems of the Mind: Bibliography After Word Processing (The Example of Updike)" is expected in December in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. Meanwhile the BitCurator project has concluded after three years of funding from the Mellon Foundation. Continue on for a link to the final white paper.
November 5, 2014
Professor Merle Collins received a Global Classrooms Initiative grant from the Office of International Affairs for a new class, "Recovering Oral Histories: Caribbean and Latin America Communities in the USA and Britain."
November 4, 2014
Danuta Hinc presented a paper, “Herta Müller’s ‘Der König Verneigt Sich Ünd Tötet’ and the Displacement in the Origins of Language,” at Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures Panel at the SCMLA Conference in Austin, Texas, in October 2014.
November 4, 2014
Howard Norman's memoir, I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place, and novel, Next Life Might Be Kinder, will come out in Japanese, German, French and Dutch editions at the end of this year or beginning of next.
November 4, 2014
David Paglin is working on creating an English Department-based environmental/sustainability student communication/co-ordination panel -- called UMCP-AWASH (Anacostia Watershed Action for Sustainable Heritage).The project comes out of the Office of Sustainability's Chesapeake Sustainability Project--one objective of which is to synthesize sustainability themes with curricular learning objectives.Presently, My Eng 393-Technical Writing class (PWP) is helping to create the AWASH blueprint and launch-plan.
November 4, 2014
At the International Writing Centers Association Conference, Oct. 29-Nov.1 in Orlando, FL, Leigh Ryan presented on “Sponsoring, Supporting, and Sustaining Undergraduate Research.”
November 4, 2014
MFA student Kelsey Kerr's poem "I dare you." will be published in the second issue of Slippery Elm.
November 4, 2014
Michael Olmert's "This Helpless Human Tide" was printed in the autumn number of "Colonial Williamsburg" magazine. It deals with unwanted pregnancies, foundlings, orphans, and changlings in the 18th Century, in Britain and some of her North American colonies. Continue on for a link to the piece.
November 4, 2014
Sangeeta Ray participated in a roundtable on a symposium, ‘The University at the Boundaries of Knowledge” with Robert Young (NYU) at Old Dominion University on Thursday October 23rd, 2014. On November 12th she will be giving a talk at George Mason University titled: “Dumps and Dumping: Waste and Toxicity in Waste Land and Animal's People.
November 4, 2014
Ted Kaouk (PhD 2014) was selected as one of four employees from the US Department of Agriculture to participate in the Excellence in Government Fellows Program for 2014-2015. During the year-long program, fellows remain in their full-time jobs, meeting as a cohort for several days every six weeks and as necessary with project teams to accomplish course objectives. The Excellence in Government program strengthens the leadership skills of federal leaders though a combination of coursework, best practice benchmarking, measurable results projects, executive coaching, and government-wide networking.
November 4, 2014
Writing Center tutors James Gray and Dionte Harris joined a select group of invited students at the Naylor Undergraduate Writing Research Workshop, Nov 14-16 at York University of Pennsylvania. Along with 14 other invited undergraduates from four states (all awarded scholarships to attend), they participated in workshops, discussions, and individual meetings with mentors to consider and refine research projects. Mentors, too, were invited, and included Leigh Ryan, Writing Center Director, and former UMD English Department graduate students Bill Fitzgerald (Rutgers University-Camden) and Lisa Zimmerelli (Loyola University of Maryland).
November 4, 2014
Writing Center administrators Leigh Ryan and Tom Earles presented on “Tutoring Writing and Professionalism” at the European Writing Centers Association conference in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany in July. They were invited to present a two-day workshop on training writing tutors in Nuremberg following the conference.
October 28, 2014
Stanley Plumly's new book, The Immortal Evening, was reviewed on NPR's Fresh Air on Friday, and in the New York Times Book Review on Sunday. Continue reading for links to the two reviews.
October 23, 2014
Karen Nelson, PhD alumna and Associate Director of the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, was elected for a second term as Discipline Representative for English Literature for the Renaissance Society of America. Congratulations, Karen!
October 21, 2014
The Mathematics of Being Human by Michele Osherow and Manil Suri will be performed on November 4th at 4:00 and 7:30 pm at the UMBC Performing Arts & Humanities Building Black Box Theatre.
October 16, 2014
Michael Dirda reviews 'The Immortal Evening' by Stanley Plumly.
October 15, 2014
Gillian Knoll's article, How To Make Love to the Moon: Intimacy and Erotic Distance in John Lyly’s Endymion, was published in Shakespeare Quarterly, Volume 65, Number 2, Summer 2014. Continue on for a link!
October 14, 2014
Amanda Bailey's recent book, Of Bondage: Debt, Property, and Personhood in Early Modern England, was reviewed in this week's Times Literary Supplement. Continue on for a PDF link to the article.
October 14, 2014
Kyle Garton-Gundling's (PhD 2013) article, "‘Ancestors We Didn’t Even Know We Had’: Alice Walker, Asian Religions, and Ethnic Authenticity,” will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Transnational American Studies.
October 7, 2014
In Professor Randy Ontiveros’ Literary Maryland (ENGL428X), students are exploring the state’s rich literary and historical background.
October 3, 2014
Amanda Kocis's article "Storm Warnings: The Eternally Recurring Apocalypse in Kate Chopin's The Awakening" will appear in this fall issue of The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 47, issue 1 (Fall 2014).
September 17, 2014
Annette Debo's (PhD 1998) edition of H.D.'s Within the Walls and What Do I Love? was released by the University Press of Florida last week on September 9.
August 12, 2014
This fall the English department welcomes two new faculty members.