Department News

June 21, 2017
Kellie Robertson gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization. gave two talks this spring related to her recently published book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy. The first was a plenary for a conference on “Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology” held at Georgetown University in early April; the second, entitled, “Why Not Nature?” was given at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. She was also honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from UMD’s Graduate English Organization.
June 21, 2017
Recent MFA graduate Laura Neal has a poem ("I Heard the Buzzards Shrill") forthcoming in the Birmingham Poetry Review, which has published a host of major figures, including Betty Adcock, L. S. Asekoff, Marianne Boruch, Eamon Grennan, Edward Hirsch, Cleopatra Mathis, and Gary Soto.
June 21, 2017
Lyra Hilliard presented “When you’re having fun time flys:” The Art and Craft of Integrating Multiple Learning Spaces, Multiple Web 2.0 Tools, and Multiple Modes of Writing in the Blended Composition Class" at this year's Computers and Writing conference at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.
June 21, 2017
Matthew Kirschenbaum will be in Europe this summer to lecture and participate in a workshop at the University of Siegen, and then to deliver a plenary at the Electronic Literature Organization's annual conference in Porto. In August he will return to the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia to co-teach a week-long course in "Born-Digital Materials in Special Collections."
June 21, 2017
Oliver Brearey will be presenting the following conference paper at MLA in January 2018:“Individual and Collaborative Responsibility for Women’s Job-Finding Work in Outplacement.” Association for Business Communication panel, “Gender and the Language of Business / The Business of Language,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Jan. 2018, New York, NY.
June 21, 2017
Peter Mallios’ essay “On Foreign Grounds: Towards an Alternative US Literary History, Archive, Methodology” appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of American Literary History. His review essay on the Cambridge Scholarly Edition of Joseph Conrad’s Victory will appear later this summer in The Conradian, The Conradian Reviews Online, and Editionen in der Kritik, and his essay “Reading The Secret Agent Now: The Press, the Police, the Premonition of Simulation,” was reprinted in the new Norton edition of The Secret Agent.
June 21, 2017
At MLA 2017 "Digital Frost" panel (January, 2017), Setsuko Yokoyama co-organized and presented on the ongoing, cross-institutional efforts to develop a digital platform for Robert Frost. Including Setsuko, the panel featured Natalie Gerber, Donald G. Sheehy, Jay Satterfield, Molly Schwartzburg, Lisa Seale, Jason Camlot, and Martha Nell Smith. It covered a history of Frost’s editions and intended audiences, rationale and challenges of digitizing and managing archival resources, the nature of Frost’s public talks, appearances, and recordings as well as the politics and ethics surrounding digital archival development.
June 21, 2017
Stewart Foehl's 3rd young adult novel, Stealing Candy, was published May 2 from Sourcebooks Fire, under the pen name Stewart Lewis. Kieran Scott, lauds the book as, "...that rare sort of read that keeps you not just guessing but gasping with every turn of the page."
June 21, 2017
At ALA in May, Susie Compton presented a paper on the panel she organized and proposed, themed "Religion and Domestic Fiction in Nineteenth-Century Literature." She also presented a paper titled "A Secular Sedgwick" at the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society 20th-Anniversary Symposium in Stockbridge, MA this June.
May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.

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