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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March 14, 2019
Crystal Parikh's book entitled Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color has won the 2019 Association for Asian American Studies Award for Outstanding Achievement in Humanities and Cultural Studies: Literature.
March 14, 2019
Maud Casey has been selected to be the AY19-20 Long Teaching Fellow. Each academic year, one tenure-track faculty member seeking to enhance the classroom experience serves as the Department of English’s Long Teaching Fellow.
March 14, 2019
During spring break, many current and former (and an incoming) members of the English Department will be participating at the annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Denver, CO. 
March 13, 2019
NCTE hosts its annual CCCCs convention in Pittsburgh March 13-16, 2019. UMD English faculty, students, and alumni present research in twenty-one sessions.
March 11, 2019
Tyrus Miller, Dean of the Humanities at UC Irvine, observes, "The humanities are where many future leaders, communicators, scholars, CEOs, storytellers, creatives, directors, writers and entrepreneurs come to get their start. While the disciplines of the humanities themselves are distinct, together they provide students with a common set of skills that employers of today, and especially those of the future, will rely on."
March 8, 2019
Joshua Weiner's translations of Silesius, Goethe, and Ernst Janl were published last month in Great River Review, the literary journal revived by Peter Campion at University of Minnesota.  Three new poems appear in the current issue of Manchester Review (UK).
March 8, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily, the feature film based on Martha Nell Smith’s work, opens April 12th at the Landmark 57 and the Quad in New York and The Landmark in LA, and then in 50 cities after that. 
March 6, 2019
Barry Lee Pearson was an interview subject and contributor to "American Icons: 'Cross Road Blues.'" 
March 6, 2019
DeLisa D. Hawkes is the winner of the 2019 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship. 
March 6, 2019
Kent Cartwright had three essays on Shakespeare published or about to be published in 2019, including a self-interview on Hamlet; an essay on secularism and wonder in All’s Well That Ends Well; and a much enlarged version, for book publication, of his review of the 2016 production of The Merchant of Venice in the Venetian Ghetto.  He continues to make progress on his monograph, “Shakespeare and the Comedy of Re-Enchantment.”