Mythology and Folklore

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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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November 15, 2018
Brian Richardson’s article, “Dangerous Reading in Mansfield’s Stories and Woolf’s ‘The Fisherman and His Wife,’” was published in Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, eds. Christine Froula et al.; his note, “A Source for the Unusual Character of Pedro in Victory” appears in Conradiana 47.3. His articles, “Denarration” and “The Permeable Narrator” have been translated into Hungarian and published in the journal Helikon. Another article, “Theatrical Space and the Domain of Endgame” is being republished in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism: Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. He spoke on “The (Re-)Reader of Ulysses at the ALSCW Conference at Vanderbilt University in November. 
November 15, 2018
Dominique Young, a current PhD student of English literature at the University of Maryland, received the 2018 Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grant.
November 15, 2018
The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018), by Elizabeth Acevedo, won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Acevedo earned her MFA in Poetry at the University of Maryland in 2016.
November 15, 2018
Joshua Weiner will be reading poems by the Scottish modernist poet, W.S. Graham, in a centenary reading at Washington Adventist University on November 19, 7 PM, in the Weiss Library Reading Room. A Library Exhibition will display books, manuscripts, original art, and ephemera that focuses on Graham’s publishing career, his time in America, his use of handwriting and drawing, and his friendships with artists.The exhibition is available to be viewed by the public during the regular library opening hours.
November 15, 2018
Merle Collins, respected scholar of Caribbean literature and culture, will give a lecture today on Louise Langdon Norton Little, mother of Malcolm X.
November 13, 2018
On October 26, at the Association for Business Communication’s 83rd Annual International Conference, Adam Lloyd presented a paper entitled, “Invalid Instruction: Disabled Faculty in the Professional Writing Classroom.” He also participated in the conference’s “My Favorite Assignment” roundtable, where he shared an activity entitled, “A Practical In-Class Demonstration of Activity Theory."
November 13, 2018
Alumna Rhondda Thomas has been named the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where she is an associate professor in the Department of English. She was also awarded a 2018 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for her project, "Black Clemson: From Enslavement to Integration." This project expands on her ongoing project, Call My Name, which has digitized over 2,000 primary documents related to Clemson's early history.
November 13, 2018
Danuta Hinc presented a paper, "Language, false dichotomies, and the many layers of shame," at the 2018 South Central MLA Conference in San Antonio, TX. She also published an essay, "Communist Poland. The ballot didn't fit, because my hands shook uncontrollably," in Popula.
November 13, 2018
DeLisa D. Hawkes has been awarded the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Inc. Graduate Fellowship, 2018 – 2019. She has also been nominated to the MLA Delegate Assembly on Professional Issues (awaiting election results in January 2019).DeLisa recently presented "The Heroic “Mulatta’s” Breach of the Racial Contract in Sutton Griggs’s Overshadowed,” “Discipline, Dignity, and Decorum:” on the Literary Depictions of Black Respectability Politics Panel at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference.She served as the Chair for the Undergraduate Research Forum, "Portraits of Politics and Power" at the South Atlantic Language Association Conference in November.  
November 13, 2018
In September, Emily Mitchell was appointed Fiction Editor at the literary magazine New England Review. Her novella Life/Story appears in the Summer/Fall issue of Alaska Quarterly Review. She also has a short story forthcoming in the December issue of The Sun magazine.