Mythology and Folklore

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Faculty Bookshelf

Author,There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien
Kent State UP,2017
Editor,The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2017
editor,The Story of Kullervo
Houghton Mifflin Harcour,2016
,Of Garden Mounts
Colonial Williamsburg,2014
,Green Suns and Faerie
The Kent State University Press,2012
,Kitchens, Smokehouses, and Privies: Outbuildings and the Architecture of Daily Life in the Eighteenth-Century Mid-Atlantic
Cornell University Press,2009
Editor, with Douglas A. Anderson,On Fairy-stories, by J.R.R. Tolkien
HarperCollins,2008
Co-Author,Robert Johnson: Lost and Found (Music in American Life)
Music in American Life,2008
,Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers
University of Tennessee Press,2005
,Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology
Kent State University Press,2005
,The Smithsonian Book of Books
Smithsonian Books,2003
,Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World, Revised Edition
Kent State University Press,2002
,Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg,1998
,A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien's Road to Faërie
Kent State University Press,1997
,Milton's Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella: Curiouser and Curiouser Adventures in History
Touchstone Publishing,1995
Author,Virginia Piedmont Blues: The Lives and Art of Two Virginia Bluesmen
Publication of the American Folklore Society. New Series,1990
Author,Sounds So Good to Me: The Bluesman's Story
University of Pennsylvania Press,1984

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News

September 20, 2018
Robin Earnest and Patrick Nelson will be presenting at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention in Pittsburgh this coming March. 
September 20, 2018
University of Maryland MFA alumna Shara Lessley published a new book of poems, The Explosive Expert's Wife (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018). She also co-edited a collection of essays titled, The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice (Pleiades Press, 2018).
September 18, 2018
David Biespiel's book, The Education of a Young Poet (Counterpoint Press, 2018), will be released on Tuesday, October 9th. David Biespiel is the former coordinator of the MFA program and a University of Maryland alumnus.
September 13, 2018
Recent PhD alumnus and Ohio State University-Mansfield Assistant Professor Jamie Kantor was recently published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA). 
September 13, 2018
The National Book Foundation recognized ten authors for "Young People's Literature."  
September 11, 2018
Alumnus Stephen Rojcewicz presented “George Antrobus: Genius in a Name” at the Third International Thornton Wilder Conference, Peterborough, NH, June 12, 2018. 
September 11, 2018
Brian Richardson edited and introduced a special issue of the journal, Unnatural Narrative: Theory and Practices, in Frontiers of Narrative Studies, Spring 2018; he also published the articles: “‘Books Were Not in Their Line’: The Material Book and the Deceptive Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse,” Virginia Woolf and the World of Books; “Unnatural Endings in Fiction and Drama” in the Edinburgh Companion to Narrative Theory; and co-authored with Lars Bernaerts, “Fictional Minds: Coming to Terms with the Unnatural,” in Poetics Today 39.3 (2018). 
September 11, 2018
Edlie Wong was recently elected Vice President of C19: The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists. She will serve a two year term (2018-2020) and become President of C19 in 2020 for another two year term (2020-2022). 
September 11, 2018
Mary Turner provided the classroom instruction and coaching that helped inspire the successful proposal. #UMDWrites
September 11, 2018
Martha Nell Smith has a new publication:I dwell in Possibility: Collaborative Emily Dickinson Translation Project. Coedited with Baihua Wang, Fudan University. Sichuan Literature & Art Press, 2017.Martha Nell Smith also has the following forthcoming publication:Everywoman Her Own Theology: Essays On and Interviews With Alicia Suskin Ostriker. Coedited with Julie Enszer. U of Michigan P, forthcoming September 2018. With Companion web production http://aliciaostriker.com. Alicia Ostriker is New York State Poet 2018-2020.