Foss Publishes on Wilde and Disability

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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...]

Subramanian Publishes New Article

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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...]

English Alumna Publishes New Book

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Congratulations to former English major Maura Way (UMW '94) whose poetry collection entitled _Another Bungalow_ was recently released by Press 53. … [Read more...]

Scanlon Publishes Essay on Rebecca West

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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

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This summer Dr. Laura Bylenok published her poem "Homologue: Husband" in the journal _Vinyl_. The poem is available here: http://vinylpoetryandprose.com/2017/06/laura-bylenok/ … [Read more...]

Comm Students Publish Paper

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Alexander Clegg and John Guidon, under the direction of Professor Elizabeth Johnson-Young, had their paper "Religion in the Media: A Study of Student Perception of Media Bias in Georgia" published in _Metamorphosis_, the undergraduate research journal of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.  Congratulations on this great work! … [Read more...]

Rafferty Places Essay on Buchanan

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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: http://apt.aforementionedproductions.com/2017/04/frogs-15-by-colin-rafferty/#.WP-GGFPyvzI​. 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

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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...]

Professor Foss Publishes Review in Disability Studies

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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. Barrenechea Publishes New Essay

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Professor Antonio Barrenechea recently published the article “Hemispheric American Literature” in Futures of Comparative Literature: ACLA State of the Discipline Report (Routledge, 2017). … [Read more...]