Lee Presents at Recent Conference


Dr. Janie Lee recently presented the paper 'Isn't He Really Korean Once the Mask Comes Off?: Circulation of Raciolinguistic Ideologies in South Korean Television' at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C.  Her paper was part of a panel on language, race, and digital media. … [Read more...]

Foss Publishes on Wilde and Disability


Professor Chris Foss published an article titled “‘For the future let those who come to play with me have no hearts’: The Affect of Pity in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Birthday of the Infanta’” in the Fall 2017 number of Journal of Narrative Theory, a special issue on Dis/Enabling Narratives. Foss argues that Wilde’s fairy tale about the death of a performing Dwarf at the Spanish court may appear mired in damaging stereotype, but it suggests more progressive emotionally-based possibilities for sympathy, acceptance, and even identification rather than paternalistic pity. … [Read more...]

Lorentzen Presents on Dickens


Dr. Eric Lorentzen recently presented a paper, "Oliver Twist's Recovery: Wordsworthian 'Abundant Recompense' or Freudian 'Primal Scene?'" at the annual Victorians Institute conference in Greenville, South Carolina. … [Read more...]

ELC Faculty Awarded UMW Grants


Faculty in Linguistics, Literature, Creative Writing, and Journalism recently secured major grants from the university for their professional work. Dr. Janie Lee was awarded a sabbatical and Dr. Kate Haffey, Professor Jon Pineda, and Professor Sushma Subramanian all received Jepson Fellowships. Congratulations to all four for this amazing sweep! … [Read more...]

McAllister Speaks on Travel Writing and Medicine


Dr. Marie McAllister recently delivered a paper entitled “Were Gentlemen Poxed Abroad? English Grand Tourists and the Rhetoric of Disease” as part of Encounters with Difference: A Conference on Travel Writing and Gender, held at Freie Universität Berlin. … [Read more...]

Foss Gone Wilde


Professor Chris Foss delivered a talk on Wilde's fairy tales entitled “The Gospel According to Oscar: Progressive Politics and Social Critique in Wilde's ‘The Young King’” as one of three speakers for an event sponsored by The LGBT Center of New York and The Church of the Village in conjunction with The Oscar Wilde Temple, a new public art installation by renowned artists David McDermott and Peter McGough in New York City.   … [Read more...]

Richards Participates in Louisiana Book Festival


Dr. Gary Richards recently led the book-in-common discussion of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, LA. The discussion marked both the seventieth anniversary of Williams's play and the tricentennial of the founding of New Orleans. Richards also moderated a panel devoted to the novels of Ladee Hubbard and Crystal Wilkinson. … [Read more...]

Subramanian is Awarded Journalism Fellowship


Professor Sushma Subramanian was awarded a Genetics and Human Behavior Journalism Fellowship by the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia, a grant aimed at early- and mid-career journalists.  Continuing her focus on science writing, Subramanian will use the fellowship to observe researchers studying the physiology of the Bajau laut, a group in Indonesia known for their unique ability to see underwater and hold their breath for long periods while diving, to understand whether humans may have special adaptations for swimming. Congratulations! … [Read more...]

Scanlon Gives Community Lecture on Great War Lit


Dr. Mara Scanlon recently delivered a lecture at the Fredericksburg Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library entitled "The Great War from the Margins: WWI Literature by Women and African Americans."  The lecture was presented in conjunction with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a Library of America program called "World War I and America." … [Read more...]

Subramanian Publishes New Article


Sushma Subramanian recently published the essay “My Forgotten Language" in the November issue of Discover Magazine. The piece looks into the neuroscience behind how she lost the ability to speak her first language, Tamil, after moving to the United States as a child and being encouraged to only use English by teachers, and what remains or can be recovered from that earlier tongue. … [Read more...]