Department News

September 13, 2019
Dr. David Carroll Simon has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. His first book, Light without Heat: The Observational Mood from Bacon to Milton (Cornell University Press, 2018), argues for the importance of careless inattention and open-ended receptivity to the literary and philosophical experiments of England's scientific revolution. He is now at work on a study of misogyny and comic experience in early modern literature and philosophy. Dr. Simon joined the University of Maryland faculty in Fall 2018.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Gerard Passannante has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. His most recent book, Catastrophizing: Materialism and the Making of Disaster, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2019. This follows his first book, The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition (Chicago, 2011). While at the University of Maryland, Dr. Passanante has taught a range of classes from large lectures on Renaissance drama to smaller seminars on literature, philosophy, and science such as “Leonardo, Montaigne, and Shakespeare,” and “Early Modern Literature and Disaster.”
September 13, 2019
Jessica Enoch has been promoted to the rank of Professor. 2019 saw the publication of four projects for Dr. Enoch: her second monograph, Domestic Occupations: Spatial Rhetorics and Women's Work; her co-edited, bilingual critical anthology with Cristina Ramírez, Mestiza Rhetorics: An Anthology of Mexicana Activism in the Spanish-Language Press,1887-1922; and two edited collections, Retellings: Opportunities for Feminist Research in Rhetoric and Composition Studies (with Jordynn Jack) and Women at Work: Rhetorics of Gender and Labor (with David Gold).
September 13, 2019
Dr. Ralph Bauer has been promoted to the rank of Professor. Recent publications include "The Crucible of the Tropics: Alexander von Humboldt’s Hermeneutics of Discovery" in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 59.2 (Summer 2018), as well as an edited collection with Jaime Marroquin Arredondo), Translating Nature: a crosscultural history of early modern science (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). His latest book, The Alchemy of Conquest: Science, Religion, and the Secrets of the New World (UVA Press) will appear in print in October. He is the general editor of the Early Americas Digital Archive, and is currently serving as associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Bauer has been with the University of Maryland since 1998.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Scott Trudell has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. His research focuses on early modern poetry, drama, music, and pageantry, as well as media studies, sound studies, performance studies, gender studies, and theories of the lyric. He is the author of Unwritten Poetry: Song, Performance, and Media in Early Modern England (Oxford UP, 2019); he has published in journals including Shakespeare Quarterly and Studies in Philology; and he is a co-principal investigator of Early Modern Songscapes, an interdisciplinary digital humanities project on the musical performance of English Renaissance poetry.
September 13, 2019
Dr. Tita Chico has been promoted to the rank of Professor. She published The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment with Stanford University Press in 2018, and her new book, Wonder in Literature and Science of the Long Eighteenth Century, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. This year she begins a three-year term as Member-at-Large elected to the Executive Board of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, and will be a Research Fellow at New College, Oxford University during Trinity Term 2020.
September 13, 2019
Justin Thompson will be presenting work at the Ecology and Religion in the Nineteenth Century virtual conference, a collaboration between Georgetown Univeristy, Armstrong-Browning Library at Baylor University, the University of Washington, and Lancaster University (UK). His paper is entitled, "Evangelic Erasures: Louisa Atkinson and Indigenous Bodies".
September 13, 2019
Memorial services for each Virginia Beauchamp and Stanley Plumly will take place this month.
September 12, 2019
First year graduate student, Claudia Rojas (MFA, Poetry), has been selected for the 2019 Writer's Relief Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award for Creative Writers.  The award is presented to one poet and one short story writer for three cycles of Writer’s Relief submission services free of charge. To learn more about the award and Writer's Relief visit the Writer's Relief website.
September 12, 2019
Elizabeth Benton’s “From Nostalgia to Student Success: A Professor’s Journey with Open Education Resources” was published in August in Teachers College Record.

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