Scanlon Publishes Essay on Rebecca West


Dr. Mara Scanlon's essay "Gender Identity and Promiscuous Identification: Reading (in) Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier" was recently published in The Journal of Modern Literature. The article focuses on the frequently overlooked narrator of West's novel, set on the home front in the First World War. Using theories of readership, Scanlon argues that the narrator's zealous identification as a reader finally challenges the novel's own stated moral and seemingly inevitable outcome, one dependent on a model of stable identity that is radically undermined. … [Read more...]

Bylenok Publishes New Poem


This summer Dr. Laura Bylenok published her poem "Homologue: Husband" in the journal _Vinyl_. The poem is available here: … [Read more...]

Professor Richards Presents in Rome


Dr. Gary Richards presented at the Carson McCullers in the World: A Centenary Conference, held in Rome, Italy 14-16 July 2017. His paper "Clock without Hands, Go Set a Watchman, and the Queering of Southern Integration" juxtaposed McCullers's final novel with the apprenticeship novel of fellow southern writer Harper Lee to examine these women's writers most significant contributions to what has come to be called civil rights literature. … [Read more...]

Dr. Barrenechea Presents at Two European Conferences


This summer Professor Antonio Barrenechea presented “El Vampiro y el Sexo: Hispanic Vampires from George Melford to Jess Franco” at the annual meeting of the Grupo de Estudios sobre lo Fantástico in Barcelona, Spain.  He also presented "Undead Variants: Mexploitation's Recycling of Hollywood Vampires" at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in Utrecht, Netherlands. … [Read more...]

Rafferty Places Essay on Buchanan


Professor Colin Rafferty's essay on President James Buchanan, “Frogs (#15),” was featured on the Aforementioned Productions webpage on Monday, April 24. The piece can be read here:​. This is one of a series of essays Rafferty has written reflecting on the presidency of the United States and the men who have held that position. … [Read more...]

Dr. Rochelle Publishes Story


Congratulations to Professor Warren Rochelle! His short story, “Luck,” was recently accepted for publication in the forthcoming anthology of fairy stories from Wolfpack Publishing. … [Read more...]

Notes from Abroad on Dr. Barrenechea


Professor Antonio Barrenechea recently delivered the lecture "'69 Année Érotique': Swinging Mademoiselles, Cinema, Sexploitation" as part of the spring lecture series at the Institut Américain Universitaire in Aix-en-Provence, France. Additionally, he lectured on"Hemispheric Studies Beyond Suspicion," at the University of Rome (Sapienza) and was interviewed on the subject of his new book, "America Unbound: Encyclopedic Literature and Hemispheric Studies."  The interview will be published in the inaugural issue of the Italian journal, "America Critica." … [Read more...]

Professor Rutstein Wins Award


Amanda Rutstein was recently chosen as the recipient of the UMW Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation Adjunct Teaching Award. Congratulations! … [Read more...]

Professor Foss Publishes Review in Disability Studies


Dr. Chris Foss recently published a 1536-word book review of Sonya Freeman Loftis’s monograph Imagining Autism: Fiction and Stereotypes on the Spectrum as  part of an exciting new initiative, The ALH Online Review Series X, from top-flight Oxford University Press journal American Literary History (ALH). … [Read more...]

Dr. LaBreche Presents at Renaissance Conference


Dr. Ben LaBreche recently presented a paper at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Chicago about “Political Theology and Marvellian Sexuality.” He was also a panelist on a RSA roundtable about political theology. … [Read more...]