Department News

October 25, 2017
Matthew Kirschenbaum recently keynoted the Book History + Digital Humanities conference organized by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin Madison with new research entitled "Post Scripts: Graphologies of Bookmaking After Adobe." He also participated in the Rare Book School's conference Bibliography Among the Disciplines in Philadelphia, including as an invited member of the closing plenary panel. Later in the month, he will again travel to Philadelphia to present work at the Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and Society. His chapter on floppy disks is forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence.
October 25, 2017
Peter Grybauskas has a chapter, "'Green Hill Country': A Scholar's Tale," coming out next month in the collection, A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger.  Additonally, Peter piloted a professional writing program course on Food Writing in Italy this summer. 
October 25, 2017
Temim Fruchter has a new story in the most recent issue of Newfound and was granted a 2018 individual artist fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.​
October 25, 2017
Peter Mallios is teaching a course on the American Novel in the Goucher Prison Education Partership program this fall. He attended the conference “Women Unshackled: Policy Solutions to Address the Growth of Female Incarceration,” sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice, the Justice Action Network, and Google, this past summer. He is working with other partners in the area on this issue.
October 25, 2017
The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer published Gerard's review of the book Reading Smell in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, by Emily C. Friedman (Bucknell UP, 2016) in its October 2017 issue. Gerard also presented a paper, "Emily Dickinson's Manuscript Readers: An Alternative Reception History,"  at the Reception Study Society conference, September 21-23, 2017 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
October 18, 2017
Melanie Faith Receives a MVP Award, Again!  For the second season in a row, Melanie Faith is receiving the University's Most Valuable Professor Award (MVP). Melanie was nominated for an MVP by a student-member of UMD's 2017 Men's Soccer team; she will be honored for this award at their soccer game on October 24, 2017.  
October 17, 2017
James Mattson’s novel, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, due out on Dec. 1, was reviewed by Booklist, which said, “Mattson’s first novel is an excellent, character-driven work of literary fiction that will continue to resonate with the reader long after the final page.” 
October 17, 2017
Joan Mooney’s article, The No. 1 Way You Might Prevent Dementia: A Recent Study Found Nine Lifestyle Changes that Could Protect Your Brain, was published in NextAvenue.org (Sep. 25, 2017). 
October 17, 2017
Kelly Cresap just published his book A Love-Hate Guide to “Breaking Bad. Details and initial readers’ reviews are available at Amazon.com.
October 17, 2017
Rebecca Holden’s essay “‘Let’s Dwell a Little’: The Trickster within Octavia E. Butler” was published in Lumines-cent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, ed. by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal. A collection of letters and essays on Butler in celebration of what would have been her 70th birthday.

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