Department News

December 2, 2016
Cameron Mozafari and Linda Coleman presented papers on October 27 at the "Terps Talk Politics" conference, sponsored by Chelona, the University of Maryland graduate student branch of the Rhetorical Society of America. Cameron's paper was "Corpus Approaches to Analyzing Rhetorical Commonplaces in Primary Speeches," and Linda's was "'Just so you understand, OK?: The Interactive Rhetoric of Donald Trump." 
December 2, 2016
Kellie Robertson has been appointed to the editorial board of the new Penn Literature and Science Series (University of Pennsylvania Press). She has also joined the editorial advisory board of The Sewanee Review. In November, she presented her research at the Oecologies seminar in Vancouver, BC, giving a talk entitled “Ecologies of Scale.”
December 2, 2016
Maggie Ellen Ray's article "John Taylor and the Ghost of Long Meg of Westminster: Authorship and Poetic Authority in The Womens Sharpe Revenge,” was recently published in Studies in Philology 113.4 (Fall 2016). The article examines the links between the works in John Taylor's Folio and the pseudonymous defense of women titled "The Womens Sharpe Revenge," arguing not only for Taylor's authorship of the defense text but also that he uses the figure of the marginal women throughout his literary corpus to establish his own poetic authority.
December 2, 2016
Martha Nell Smith will be lecturing on “Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century: Reading and Harvard’s ‘Frankenstein’ Edition,” for the 25th Dickinson Birthday Celebration, Lone Star College, Conroe, Texas, December 8, 2016. This annual event attracts diverse audiences from the surrounding area.Smith is also consulting with the Morgan Library, NYC, for their “I’m Nobody! Who Are You? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson” Exhibition running January 20 through May 21, 2017. Her Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Letters with Susan Huntington Dickinson has been a key resource as the Morgan plans their exhibition.In January, Smith will participate in a roundtable on “Digital Frost” at the MLA Convention, where she will also chair a panel on “Queer Domesticities” for the Sexuality Studies Committee. She becomes chair of the committee at the convention.
December 2, 2016
Michael Olmert, for the Talbot County Historical Society, gave a four-day course to the students of Easton High School's Human Geography AP course. In classroom lectures and in-town walking tours, the course covered the history of Easton's architecture, its social history, and the role of architecture and art in the life of this small market town on the Eastern Shore. Olmert is a board member of the Historical Society.  On September 24, he lectured on the history of 17th and 18th century market houses and market crosses, in Britain and its North American colonies. The lecture was at the St. Michael's, MD., public library. This topic is a chapter of a forthcoming book on the nature of public architecture in the 18th century.He also lectured on "Hamlet" and human evolution, of all things, to several classes of very clever students from nearby High Point High School. And he made some preliminary remarks at the English Department's November 2 screening of the Globe Theatre's 2016 Bollywoodish production of "Midsummer Night's Dream."
December 2, 2016
Sheila presented a paper titled, "Maurice Samuel's Thick Translations: Salvage Poetics in the World of Sholem Aleichem" at the 22nd annual JAHLIT (Jewish American Holocaust Literature) Conference in Miami Florida, from November 13-15.She will chair a session at the 48th Annual Association for Jewish Studies in San Diego California from December 18-20th titled "High and Low Jewish Literary Cultures."A book Sheila has been co-editing with Eliyana Adler of Penn State University, titled "Reconstructing the Old Country: American Jewry in the Post-Holocaust Decades" was recently submitted to Wayne State for Publication and will be released in Spring 2017.A review essay titled "The Politics of Jewishness in Contemporary World Literature"  will be published in "Religion and Literature" in Summer 2017. 
December 2, 2016
In late October Scott Wible delivered a keynote address at the Thomas R. Watson Conference at the University of Louisville. Building on the conference theme, "Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation," Wible's talk examined his two-year collaboration with the University of Maryland Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to teach creative problem-solving methodologies in the professional writing classroom.In mid-November, Scott Wible served on the National Council of Teachers of English Resolutions Committee. In addition to preparing three resolutions submitted from the NCTE membership for discussion and voting at the annual NCTE business meeting, the five-person committee also drafted the "Resolution on Contemporary Discourse in the English Language Arts Classroom," which was unanimously approved at the business meeting and will be voted on by the full NCTE membership in the coming months.Scott Wible chaired the Graduate Research Award committee of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, which selected three graduate students in professional writing studies to present their research projects on a showcase panel at the 2017 ATTW Conference.
December 1, 2016
Jess Enoch's chapter, Transcribing Women’s Diaries in the Digital World," collaboratively written with Elizabeth Novara, curator of Historical Manuscripts in Hornbake Library, has been accepted to Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian.Her chapter “Abductive Historiography: This Is a (Feminist) Test” has been published in Abducting Writing Studies (Eds. Kyle Jensen and Sid Dobrin; Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP).Her book review, collaboratively written with UMD PhD Elizabeth Miller, of You Can’t Padlock an Idea: Rhetorical Education at the Highlander Folk School, 1932-1961 by Stephen Schneider was published in Rhetoric and Public Affairs
December 1, 2016
Sangeeta Ray participated in 2 conferences, the EI and the NWSA. Her review of three South Asian novels can be found here. She also got reelected to the Supervisory Board of the EI
December 1, 2016
Valerie's new book Robin Hood and Outlaw/ed Spaces: Media, Performance, and Other New Directions was just published in November by Routledge Research as part of the ongoing series Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture.

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