Department News

February 4, 2018
Kellie Robertson gave several talks this fall related to her new book project: at the University of Brisbane, she spoke on “Thinking the Unthinkable: Belief, Climate Change, and Premodern Weather” and led a one-day masterclass on science, faith, and literature. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she gave a talk in October entitled “Reading the Weather in New Troy: Environmental Fiction and the Problem of the Modern.” In January, she spoke at the MLA as part of a panel to mark the forthcoming publication of Keywords for Today (Oxford University Press, October 2018), a collective updating of Raymond Williams’ influential Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.
February 3, 2018
Barry Pearson recently worked with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on a new compilation Classic Delta and Deep South Blues​, and provided liner notes for the album. 
February 2, 2018
Thibault Raoult has three hybrid works forthcoming in VOLT.
February 2, 2018
Oliver Brearey presented "Individual and Collaborative Responsibility for Women's Job-Finding Work in Outplacement" on the Association for Business Communication panel at the 133rd Modern Language Association Annual Convention in New York on 4 January 2018.
February 1, 2018
Brian Richardson edited and introduced a special section of the journal Storyworlds on Feminism and Unnatural Narrative Theory (four essays).
February 1, 2018
Setsuko Yokoyama recently presented, "What’s in a Name? Users, the Generalized Others,” at HASTAC 2017, Orlando, Florida, 4 November 2017.
February 1, 2018
Stephen Rojcewicz, a 2017 Ph.D. graduate in Comparative Literature, has published "Compte Rendu du Roman grec et poésie : Dialogues des genres et nouveaux enjeux du poétique" in Agora: Les comptes rendu de GAIA, Vol. 8, 2017. Available at:http://homerica.msh-alpes.fr/agora/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Roman-grec-et-poesie.pdfStephen has also been elected to the Board of Directors of the Thornton Wilder Society.
January 26, 2018
Emily Mitchell gave a reading on 1/25 for Fall for the Book's new Pop Up Lit reading series. She will participate in a panel called "Sound and Fury: Understanding Voice in Fiction" at the AWP annual conference on 3/8.
January 26, 2018
Elissa Washuta graduated from UMD with a BA in English in 2007. Last month, it was announced that she will receive an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. Click here for more information. 
January 25, 2018
Bob Levine's new book, Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, was just published by Cambridge University Press. At MLA, he led a roundtable on "Frederick Douglass at 200," and he's giving an upcoming talk on Douglass at Marshall University's Carter Woodson Lyceum. 

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