Summer 2014 Bywords

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 4, 2014
Natasha Sajé (Ph.D. 1995) has two books out this year, Vivarium (book of poems from Tupelo Press) and Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (essays from U of Michigan Press). She continues to teach both at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a low residency MFA program.
September 2, 2014
Jeanne Fahnestock was a keynote speaker at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation in Amsterdam, July 1 through 4, 2014. Title of address: "Arguing in the Grooves: Genre and Language Constraints in Scientific Controversies." She also received the "Distinguished Scholarship Award" for 2014 in recognition of "a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of argumentation."
September 2, 2014
Martha Nell Smith published two essays: “Frozen Social Relations and Time for a Thaw: Visibilities, Exclusions, and Considerations for Postcolonial Digital Archives,” in Journal of Victorian Culture 19.3 (2014), 403-410, and “Civil War(s) and Dickinson Manuscript Book Reconstructions, Deconstructed: the Archives of our Attentions,” for Dickinson’s Fascicles: A Spectrum of Possibilities, ed. by Paul Crumbley and Eleanor Elson Heginbotham. (Ohio State University Press 2014), 130-149. Keep reading to learn more.
September 2, 2014
Tamar LeRoy presented at The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting in March of 2014 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her paper is titled "'Le Sauvage Anglois, or the English Savage': Sensibility, Masculinity, and Creolization in John Gabriel Stedman's Narrative of a Five Year's Expedition."
September 2, 2014
In July, Randy Ontiveros gave a talk on the film El Norte and what it reveals about American suburbia at the first-ever gathering of the International Latino Studies Association. He also finished a short essay on "Teaching the Suburbs in Latino Literature" for a pedagogy volume that will be published by Routledge in the Spring. 
September 2, 2014
Rebecca Ritzel (PWP) served as critic-in-residence at Chautauqua Institution, a lakeside community near Buffalo dedicated to the literary, visual and performing arts. While there in July, her duties included reviewing "Go West!," a collaborative performance featuring the Charlotte Ballet, Chautauqua Theatre Company and other arts groups. Rebecca is The Washington Post's theater columnist and also writes about other artistic disciplines for the paper.
September 2, 2014
Robin Earnest, J.D., LL.M., spent much of her summer serving as defense counsel with the Maryland District Court’s new Appointed Attorney Program. The Program was established in response to the Court of Appeals’ decision in Richmond v. DeWolfe, 434 Md. 444 (2013). Her article on that Program will be published in this month’s issue of the Prince George’s County’s Bar Association’s Newsletter.
August 29, 2014
Laura Rosenthal will serve as the ADVANCE Professor for the College of Arts and Humanities for 2014-15.
August 29, 2014
Aaron Brown's poems “Batha River” and “After Two Years Traveling Abroad, Woman Found Hanging from a Tree” were published in Tupelo Quarterly. His poem "Memory Place" was published in jmww and his poem "Intercession" was published in Humane Pursuits.
August 29, 2014
Oliver Brearey, Doctoral candidate and Assistant Director of the Professional Writing Program, will give a paper entitled "Rhetoric and Writing in Outplacement" at the 79th Annual Convention of the Association for Business Communication in Philadelphia. This conference will be taking place from October 22-25, 2014.
August 29, 2014
This past spring, Jonathan had an article titled "Happy Violence: Bentley, Lucretius, and the Prehistory of Freethinking" published in the journal Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 (Issue 38.1, Spring 2014).
August 29, 2014
Keep reading to read the latest news from the Professional Writing Program!
August 27, 2014
Allison Hutchison will present at the TYCA (Two-Year College English Association) Northeast Conference in Baltimore this October. Her panel presentation is entitled, "Beyond the Classroom: The Effect of Course-Embedded and Student-Elected Support." My co-presenters are English faculty at Montgomery College.
August 27, 2014
Maud Casey's novel, The Man Who Walked Away, originally published in the U.S. in March, was published by Bloomsbury UK in August. At the beginning of September, she will be participating in The Story of Memory Conference: New Perspectives on the Relationship Between Story and Memory at the University of Roehampton, London.
August 26, 2014
Bob Levine recently published an essay on Frederick Douglass and the reunion narrative in the Journal of African American History. In June he gave the keynote lecture at the University of Texas's Ransom Center on “What Is the American Literary Tradition? An Editor’s Perspective.” He is returning to the Ransom Center in September to speak on Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
August 20, 2014
Congratulations to the following faculty members on their promotions to the rank of Senior Lecturer.
August 19, 2014
Matthew Kirschenbaum served on the faculty of the Rare Book School in Charlottesville for the fifth consecutive year this summer. Keep reading to learn more.
August 19, 2014
In late May Brian Richardson gave a presentation on “We” and “They” narration at a conference on Social Minds at the University of Freiburg in Germany. In June he spoke on “Representing Unnatural Minds” at the Narrative Matters Conference at the University of Paris-Diderot; in July he participated in a workshop on lists in literature and delivered a paper on “The Poetics of Lists and the Boundaries of Narratives” at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Keep reading to learn more.
August 19, 2014
Since the spring, Jonathan, who teaches business writing at the University, has had articles published in PR Week, GovernmentCIO Magazine, and CMO.com.
August 19, 2014
Joshua Weiner's essay on Irish poet, Seamus Heaney, appeared in a special issue of Poetry Ireland Review devoted to him. A piece on conceptual artist, Sophia LeFraga, appeared on Jacket2. Weiner's translation from the German of a poem by contemporary Berlin poet, Jan Wagner, appeared in The New Republic (August 4).
August 19, 2014
Peter Mallios’s essay “Tragic Constitution: United States Democracy and Its Discontents” will be appearing in PMLA in October 2014, in a special issue on tragedy. His chapter “Conrad and Reception” is also forthcoming in The New Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (Nov. 2014); shorter and longer versions of his review-essay concerning the Cambridge edition of The Reviews of Joseph Conrad have recently appeared in The Conradian and The Conradian Reviews Online. His note “’The Most Powerful Private Citizen in America’: H. L. Mencken, J. P. Morgam, and John Dos Passos” appeared in Notes and Queries.
August 14, 2014
Alumna Deborah Bailin now has a position with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Keep reading to learn more.
August 14, 2014
Michael Olmert lectured on "Materialism, Egyptology, 'Ozymandias,' and 'Breaking Bad'" at the University Relations Summit, August 7, 2014.
August 14, 2014
Amanda Visconti received the Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowship from the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), an opportunity that supports advanced graduate students whose dissertation includes innovative research agendas involving any substantive intersection between new media or new technology and the humanities. Her work involves designing, coding, and user-testing a participatory digital edition of James Joyce's Ulysses; you can follow her progress at LiteratureGeek.com. Amanda will be in residence at MITH for the 2014-2015 academic year and presenting a Digital Dialogue talk on her work in Spring 2015.
August 14, 2014
Vin Carretta spent most of the summer teaching two courses in the American Studies Department at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where he also gave a public lecture in June entitled “Race, Religion, and Rights in the Age of Revolution: The Case of Phillis Wheatley” as part of the “Workshop: Race, Religion, and Religion.”
August 13, 2014
Over the summer, Edlie Wong's article “In a Future Tense: Immigration Law, Counterfactual Histories, and Chinese Invasion Fiction” came out in American Literary History 26.3 (Fall 2014).
August 13, 2014
Howard Norman's novel, Next Life Might Be Kinder, was published in June; next year will see French, Japanese and Dutch translations of the novel. A brief excerpt, From The Seance Book Club, is just published in Ploughshares. Howard has been invited to do a sequence of three lectures in universities in Amsterdam, spring 2015.
August 13, 2014
Meg Pearson is the new chair of English and Philosophy at the University of West Georgia.
August 12, 2014
This fall the English department welcomes two new faculty members.
July 29, 2014
Mary Helen Washington's The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s received high praise from Peter Clothier in the Huffington Post.
July 23, 2014
Neil Fraistat, chair of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), delivered the welcome address at the opening ceremony of the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland in July.
July 15, 2014
Colonial Williamsburg recently published Michael Olmert's article on 18th Century Garden Mounts, an important part of the Enlightenment landscape garden. The article is available for reading here.
July 15, 2014
Rhondda R. Thomas (dissertation directed by Carla Peterson) received tenure and promotion at Clemson University in May. Our own Professor Levine has a blurb on Rhondda's recent book, The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought.
July 1, 2014
Congratulations to the following recent PhDs and their advisors!
July 1, 2014
Professor Marilee Lindemann has been appointed Executive Director of the College Park Scholars program.
June 24, 2014
Marybeth Shea and doctoral candidate Cameron Mozafari's co-authored article "Communicating Complexity in Transdisciplinary Science Teams for Policy: Applied Stasis Theory for Organizing and Assembling Collaboration" has just appeared in the May 2014 issue of Communication Design Quarterly. Continue on to read the article's abstract and for a link to the article!
June 17, 2014
Congratulations to Karen and Abby, two members of the English department who have won service awards from the College of Arts and Humanities!
June 3, 2014
Congratulations to the following individuals for their outstanding teaching in 2013!
May 20, 2014
Congratulations to the following PWP 2014 Writing Contest winners!
May 20, 2014
The Comparative Literature program is pleased to announce the winner of the third annual Comparative Literature Essay Contest. Stephen Rojcewicz, a first year graduate student in the Program in Comparative Literature, wrote the winning paper, “’I Finde Myself Scattered’: The Body as a Book in John Donne” under the guidance of Professor Jerry Passannante in ENGL 719 B (Spring 2013).
May 20, 2014
Maud Casey's new novel, The Man Who Walked Away, received a full-page review in the New York Times Book Review on Sunday, May 18. It is also going to be an "Editor's Choice" in the New York Times Book Review next week.
May 20, 2014
Professor Emerita Verlyn Flieger was quoted in a New York Times article about publication of a translation of Beowulf by JRR Tolkien.
May 16, 2014
Professor Matthew Kirschenbaum's course, The Literature of 9/11, taught in Spring 2014, spent the semester reading a variety of literary responses that have emerged in the past decade, as well as since the events of the day. Their work can be viewed on The Literature of 9/11 website, which hosts an archive of discussion questions, character studies, close readings, and interviews in multimedias, including text and video. The site also features an exhibition entitled Mapping the Literature of 9/11, which keys locations and place names as given in the various works to a map.
April 10, 2014
Congratulations to Jason Rudy, who has won a semester fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for 2015!